Back before Christmas we purchased our living room rug, which I have LOVED. The Living room, until that point, had really been a Hodge podge of things so I hadn’t really noticed that my bench was too tall. A few years ago the Hubs built me this bench.
In our novice furniture building stage we forgot to account for the cushion in the height of the bench. (For the record, I still consider myself a novice but I guess I am a novice with a little experience) I did account for a thin cushion but I never thought I would have an extra cushy cushion. I decided that extra cushion is crucial for comfort since this bench was replacing the seating a love seat would provide. When I finished the cushion I could tell that the person sitting on the bench would sit higher on the bench than on the couch. Can you see the cushion is almost as high as the couch arm?
Here is another view. The cushion comes up about 6 inches higher than the chair.
The pillows are meant to be the back cushion against the wall. Because the bench is too high, the trim of the bay window hit lower back instead of upper back when you leaned against the pillows. It drove me nuts but I didn’t do anything about it until I started tweaking the living room.
It was time for the legs to be shortened. The legs are not detachable so it made this a little tricky. The legs are also thicker than the depth that a circular saw could cut so I had a little challenge in front of me. I measured four inches on all four sides of the legs and I wrapped tape around the leg to serve as my guide.
I dropped the circular saw to the deepest depth and cut along the tape on one side. I flipped the bench over and cut along the tape on the opposite side. The tape helped give me a clean cut. The trim on the side of the bench made the bench a little wobbly resting on its side so I used the weight to hold it down.
I sanded the ends, touched up the paint, and back in the living room it went.
It was an immediate AHHHHH. It finally looked like it fit. Most importantly, the top of your back is what naturally rests against the wall (cushioned by the pillows of course!) It is much more comfortable. If you prop your feet up on the new ottoman its a great movie watching place.
I know its a hard thing to see but it went from looking like this:
The lesson I learned is that the little details do count and if there is a way to remedy a mistake then take the effort to do it.
Thanks for reading,