DIY: x bench to skirted ottoman


I've had a Target x-bench for a couple of years now. And even when I bought it, I thought I might re-do it at some point. Well, that point came last weekend when I whipped up this little diddy:

Cute, huh? Here is how it all came to be. Started with this.

First, I covered the top.

Then, I cut small pieces to place over the 4 corners. I 'hemmed' the top using fabric glue and then glued them to the top of the frame.

I also used fabric glue to hem the bottoms. I didn't worry about creating a smooth hem on the sides, because those will eventually be covered. Then, I measured 4 pieces for the front, back and sides. I used the same hemming method as above on the top and sides of the pieces, leaving the bottom portion un-hemmed.

Next, I glued the piece to the bench at the top, but left the sides open to created the skirted look.

Here is what you are left with after putting all four sides on.

After all four pieces were glued and dried, I pinned the bottom hems. I wanted to get a pretty straight hem, which is why I pinned them first. It would look really bad when it's all said and done to have uneven hem lines.

Then, I just flipped them up and glued using a hot glue gun this time bc I ran out of fabric glue. Honestly, I like using fabric glue better because you can manipulate it to get it to the length you want. But since I pinned them hem straight, it didn't really matter.

So I thought this would be it, but after it was done I felt like it looked slightly unfinished.

So, I busted out some trim.

And that was it! Totally Dais approved.

The best part is I have another bench so I can make a matching one. I am a symmetry girl, so I love having the flexibility to use two in a pair at some point- the end of a bed, in a pair in a living area, etc! Inititally, I thought I would use them in our living room, but the animal print is kind of ALOT with the red china cab. So for now, one will sit in our entry way.

Nothing better than a good DIY, right?! Let me know if you all plan on making one of your own and if you have questions!


  1. I LOVE it! Looks so expensive and chic!

  2. This has inspired me to do something like this! You made it look so easy. Love it!

  3. You've inspired me to try something like this. You made it look so easy! Love it! And leopard...always a good idea.

  4. WOW! I love it- it looks professionally done. What a great idea! I bought the same X benches a while back and reupholstered them too.

  5. Thanks, ladies! Love hearing from all of you :)

  6. Wow, you make it look so easy! can you recommend a specific type of fabric glue? i'm always confused and end up getting scared out of even trying! thanks dear!

  7. Fabri-tac from Michaels. Ang- I think you def need two of these for your new house!

  8. Very impressive! Love this idea, I might be stealing it. :)

  9. You are a genius face. I am in love!!!

  10. You really have a lot of imagination!
    Take a look ottomans


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