Trendy coral-colored X-benches serve as an informal room divider in this open-concept living room and dining room. The rooms are united through shared natural elements, like the wood tables, and the complementary designs of the scroll-back chairs and Chesterfield sofa.
The pale pistachio used on the walls of this bedroom keep it looking like a spring garden. Understated damask wallpaper and cottage-style fabrics create a charming atmosphere in the space. The upholstered x-base bench is an unexpected twist to the design, and keeps the look feeling fresh and updated.
Coral-colored X-benches dress up this living room, as well as serve as a room divider. A Chesterfield-style sofa sits against a gallery wall full of artwork and photos.The trellis-patterned area rug defines the living room's sitting area.
An electric blue headboard makes a bold statement in this otherwise relaxed white bedroom. A decorative pair of X-benches bring in another shot of color and are a more relaxed alternative to a full-sized bench at the foot on the bed.
Soft gray walls provide the perfect backdrop for this living room. A barrel-style chair, upholstered in a neutral-colored fabric, offers a comfy place to read, socialize or just be. An upholstered X-bench can pull double duty as an ottoman or extra seating.
A bright coral-colored X-bench dresses up this living room. A trellis-patterned area rug defines the sitting area, which also includes a light-colored Chesterfield-style sofa flanked by matching side tables. The gallery wall behind the sofa draws the eye up to visually expand the space.
The symmetrical balance in this living room is undeniable but other elements may not be quite so obvious. Such as the pale gray walls that balance the dark brown chesterfield sofas and lighten the space. Similarly, sleek, feminine elements like the x-bench balance the leather sofas' masculine lines.
A driftwood-base coffee table holds court in this charming living room. The glass-topped table has seating on either side in the form of a pair of coral-colored X-benches and a neutral Chesterfield sofa. A gallery wall featuring artwork and photos serves as a chic design touch.
Measure, mark and cut the 1” x 12” front and back boards to length and drill 3/4” pocket holes into the ends of each board. Attach to the legs with 1-1/4” pocket screws and wood glue. Once again, these 1” x 12” boards will be flush to the interior of the carcass.
Add the 1” x 2” rails with 1-1/4” brad nails and wood glue. Always use wood glue whenever you use nails, to ensure a strong joint.
Drill 1-1/2” pocket holes into the ends of the 2” x 2” arms and attach to legs with 2-1/2” pocket screws and wood glue. The arms should be 14” from the top of the back legs.
Drill 3/4” pocket holes into the 1” x 12” boards as shown. Attach them to the legs with 1-1/4” pocket screws and wood glue. The 1” x 12” boards should be 6” from the bottom of the legs and will be flush to the interior edges. Be sure to build two sides that mirror each other.
I recommend measuring the space where the fretwork panels will go and cutting according to your measurements. Measure, mark and cut X pieces, mitering the ends at a 45º angle. Instead of using a tape measure, it is best to hold the boards in place, mark and cut to size to ensure the most precise fit.
Next, cut the 8” pieces, mitering the ends at a 45º angle, not parallel, then attach to the X pieces with wood glue. Clamp and let dry.
Optional: toenail 1-1/4” brad nails to secure the pieces together. Toenailing is simply driving a nail at an angle through a board.
Once the glue is dry on the fretwork panels, take the three panels and insert them into place. It should be a very snug fit. Adjust as necessary. Use a mallet to gently tap it into place and secure with wood glue. Clamp and let dry.
To build the seat, you will simply edge-join 1” x 6” boards together. Measure, mark and cut the 1” x 6” boards to length. Apply wood glue to the edges and place them edge-to-edge and clamp together until the glue is dry. Because you are joining boards long grain to long grain, you can simply use wood glue to edge-join the boards together. No additional joinery is needed here.
Measure, mark and cut the 1” x 3” slats to length and place inside the bench, on top of the 1” x 2” cleats, securing with 1-1/4” brad nails and wood glue. Space the slats approximately 3/4” inches apart. Use a scrap 1x board to serve as a spacer.
Lay four of the shelf boards on a flat surface. Create a frame around the shelf boards with the 1” x 2” boards, laying the 52” boards on the long edges and the 11” boards on the short edges. Place a 1” x 4” x 11” board in the center of the frame for added stability. Pre-drill holes along the frame into the shelf boards below. On the short sides on the frame, there should be at least two holes per shelf board on each end and in the center. The long sides should be fastened in at least 5 or 6 spots. Add screws to the holes to secure the frame to the shelf boards. Repeat for the second shelf.