How to Decorate Benches

Benches are primarily used outdoors due to their durability, however this trait also makes them ideal seating indoors in high-traffic or kid's rooms.

Use left-over exterior paint from your last outdoor project.Use left-over exterior paint from your last outdoor project.
Place a storage bench in your entry way or mud room. Use benches at the dining table to save space and encourage communal dining. Or set-up a bench in your child's bedroom. A plain wooden bench can be decorated to match any design style or color scheme.

Apply 1 to 2 coats of primer. Brush in the direction of the grain.

Paint the bench. Use texturized paint to give the bench a rough, sandy feel. Blend two or more colors across the seat. Paint stripes using painter's tape as a guideline or polka dots with a round sponge.

Stencil designs onto the bench. Secure a stencil to the bench using painter's tape or stencil adhesive. Paint the cut-out with spray paint or exterior paint. Remove the stencil while the paint is still visibly wet.

Wrap the bench with fabric or ribbon. Use decoupage glue to adhere material to the bench. Apply one coat of glue over the bench to seal material.

Put a cushion or pillow on the seat. Cut two pieces of fabric 1 inch larger than the length and width of the bench seat. Stack the sheets, decorative side facing in. Sew along three sides of the fabric. On the fourth side, leave a 2-inch length open. Turn the case inside-out. Stuff the case through the opening in the seam. Sew the hole shut.

Sew ribbon lace or fabric scraps to a bench with existing fabric. These pieces can be used to cover up holes and stains. Place the fabric on the bench and adhere with a small amount of fabric glue. Sew around the edge of the material with a needle and thread. Opt for embroidery floss for a thick, visible seam.

Things You Will Need

  • Primer
  • Brush
  • Paint
  • Paint additives
  • Tape
  • Sponge
  • Stencil
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Decoupage paste
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric glue
  • Needle
  • Thread

About the Author

Sylvia Cini has written informative articles for parents and educators since 2009. Her articles appear on various websites. Cini has worked as a mentor, grief counselor, tutor, recreational leader and school volunteer coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Clark University of Worcester, Massachusetts.