Upholstering the Ballard Designs Inspired X-Bench

Here is another “collaboration” with The Design Confidential. This time, it is for the Ballard Designs Inspired X-Bench!



  • Completed bench from these plans
  • 3″ foam
  • Spray adhesive
  • Upholstery batting
  • Fabric
  • Staple gun


Let’s Get Started!

I’m trying to use supplies I already have at home which will reduce my “collection” and save more money for more projects… Rather than buy more foam for the seat, I used two narrower pieces, the same thickness, and joined them with duct tape. I then cut it to size using a bread knife and used spray adhesive to attach it to the plywood seat.


Cover the foam with upholstery batting and staple the batting to the underside of the plywood seat.

I wanted to use regular cotton fabric so I used a piece of muslin underneath to help beef up the fabric.

Then, I started folding the fabric over (making a small “hem” so the raw edges were not exposed) and stapled the fabric to the underside of the seat. I like to put one staple in the middle and one at each end, then fill in between.


Pull the fabric as tight as possible and repeat for the other side.

Repeat the process again for the other two ends only this time making “hospital corners” when folding the ends of the fabric in and trimming away any bulk as necessary. Staple in place.


I then added a couple of stitches with a needle and thread at each corner to secure the fabric.


Attach the leg assembly with screws through the upper stretchers into the seat. I primed, then painted the frame with Martha Stewart Living in Mushroom (eggshell finish).


Yay! Another awesome collaboration with The Design Confidential. Thanks, Rayan, for the opportunity!

Until next time,

Happy Creating!