Decorating & Design

October 20, 2017

DIY: Woven Leather Bench

Design Editor Lauren Petroff shares how to give a luxe look to an affordable bench with woven leather strips.

A bench is the perfect addition to a foyer, serving as both a practical and decorative piece. For this project, I elevated Ikea’s good-looking yet simple Norråker bench, embellishing the seat with woven strips of leather for style and texture. I love the combination of natural wood with cognac-toned leather, though you can paint or stain the legs if your bench is made of untreated wood.

Use a store-bought bench with a removable seat and budget for at least double the amount of leather than the surface area of the seat. For the best results, be sure to regularly sharpen the blade on your utility knife — the leather will cut far more easily.

DIY Bench

Author: As told to Amanda Tucci

Kim Jeffery


Bench, Ikea; leather, Perfect Leather Goods; wall colour, Green Smoke (47), Farrow & Ball; flooring, Olympia Tile & Stone; artwork, Elte Mkt; sconce, RH, Restoration Hardware; rug, Ecarpet Gallery.


House & Home September 2017


Lauren Petroff