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Live.Laugh.DIY Hairpin Leg Bench

It’s the time of year when I realized just how many big, clunky shoes I own. I’m always grabbing my boots and heading to the sofa to pull them on, and I’ve just started to get a little tired of it. I’ve been wanting a (bench, end table, coffee table, anything..) hairpin leg something in my house for some time now, and I decided this was the time to do. Making this bench was also incredibly simple and didn’t require many tools at all, and I love the way it turned out. It’s small, functional, and super soft.



  • 23″ x 11″ piece of Particle Board (Home Depot will cut it down to size if you don’t have a saw at home)
  • 1/2 yard of fabric
  • 24″ x12″ Foam Padding (can be purchased at a craft store like JoAnn Fabrics)
  • Four 16′ Hairpin Legs (I bought mine from Amazon for $24)
  • Drill or Impact Driver
  • Staple Gun

Step 1:

Lay your fabric out on the floor. Set your foam on top of your fabric and the particle board on top of your foam.

Step 2:

Roll your fabric up over the foam and staple it to the particle board (about 1/2″ from the edge) along both 24″ sides. You’ll use a lot of staples to keep the fabric pulled taught and even.

Step 3:

Using one staple, attach your fabric to the 12″ sides in the center. You are leaving the corners exposed for the legs because you cannot drill screw hair pin legs into fabric.

Step 4:

Attach the hairpin legs to each corner making sure to attach them evenly. **After thinking about this more, it would be very easy to first attach your legs all together and then worry about attaching you fabric. 

Step 5: Finish attaching the fabric around the corners, pulling as tight as you’d like. I had to readjust mine a few times to achieve the look I wanted.


That’s it! The project took me a total of 15 minutes to do after my board was cut to the it’s 23″ x 11″ size!

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