Last week my sister-in-law passed off her garbage picked sewing bench to me. Rewind and you’ll recall that a couple weeks ago I was reupholstering a sewing bench that I had garbaged picked. Since clearly I don’t need another sewing bench, why did I accept another one?
My first thought was that I’d repurpose it into a bedroom side table. As I was envisioning my project I thought on a few issues I had with repurposing a sewing bench into a side table.
- I couldn’t really put a cushion on the bench seat because it’s not a good surface for a lamp or a beverage that would likely go on the night stand.
- Okay, I couldn’t really paint it because it wasn’t a solid piece of wood. The top needed to be covered – but what if that hypothetical drink spilled?
- Last, the bench seat lifts off so that you can access a small, hidden space for storing things – like a diary or Fifty Shades of Grey (LOL). I needed an easy way to access the storage.
How to Repurpose a Sewing Bench 3 Ways
So to solve all my issues I upholstered the bench seat with laminated fabric. If you didn’t know, you can laminate any fabric with iron on laminate. Here is the DIY fabric laminating tutorial.
Next, I added simple handles made from leather scraps. These serve two purposes: first so you can easily lift up the bench seat and access your bedside contraband. Second so it can double as a serving tray. Who doesn’t love breakfast in bed? Just sayin’.
Third repurpose is a lap desk. I had one of these when I was a kid and loved it! So last week when my husband was working late, my kids and I created a pillow fort in the family room. They decided to do their homework in there and I was reminded of my beloved, childhood dinosaur lap desk. My eight-year-old had the idea that we could make a lap desk out of an old cutting board and a pillow, which I thought was brilliant, but might be a bit heavy. So this sewing bench has fulfilled all my needs – well, not all – let’s not give it too much credit!
To make the lap desk, I reused stuffing from an old comforter, laid over a piece of non-laminated, matching fabric and hot glued it down.
Then I wrapped the bench seat in the laminated fabric, and nailed it down. Then I covered the nail heads with ribbon.
How would you prefer to use this sewing bench?
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