Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hearth Cover & Bench

We couldn't find a good solution to protecting our kids from the fireplace, so we made one. This is what I came up with. It is a very simple design of four pieces of wood screwed together. Cover that with foam padding or quilt batting to your liking. Then, if you can sew, make the cover and use a staple gun to upholster the bench. You could easily get away with just covering with fabric and stapling in place as well if you can't sew. The nicest part is it slides on and off fairly easily (not easy enough for the kids) when you want to use the fireplace and the bench makes for extra seating!

Total cost for wood, padding and fabric was around $50.




4 comments:

  1. do you have step by step on how to do this?

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  2. also, what kind of foam did you use? We want to build this soon:)

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  3. I don't have a step by step. I used quilt batting to wrap the base before upholstering and built it up a little more on the top. You can use actual foam cushions that you would use in making a chair or bench as well. The batting was much more economical and we didn't think we need it so plush. Hope that helps!

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  4. This is just awesome. Can you plz let me know where you got the door for the fireplace protector? also where can i get quilt batting ? where can i get upholstery done? ur tips are much appreciated....

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