Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

From Shelf to Padded Seat; How to Make Yourself Comfortable and Still Have Storage Space

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

From Shelf to Padded Seat; How to Make Yourself Comfortable and Still Have Storage Space

Article excerpt

TURNING an Ikea Kallax shelving unit on its side and adding a comfortable padded seat creates a great little reading bench, which still has storage for books and toys underneath. If you had a corner spot, you could even make two to create L-shaped seating.

Reading bench

STEP ONE

Begin by assembling the Kallax shelving unit following the assembly instructions. Turn the assembled unit on its side.

STEP TWO

Next, lay your MDF board out on a flat surface. Place the foam on top of the board and the fabric on top of the foam. Position the fabric so it is centred over the foam.

STEP THREE

Carefully turn the MDF board/foam/fabric sandwich over. Now, begin to pull the fabric around to the back of the MDF and secure it using a staple gun. Go slowly, checking you are pulling the fabric taut to avoid wrinkles.

STEP FOUR

At the corners, fold the fabric in neatly, as if wrapping a present, then staple in place.

STEP FIVE

Once all the fabric is secured, lay the seat pad face down on the floor (ensuring that the floor is clean) and place the Kallax shelving unit on top. …

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