DIY

Build Your Own Toboggan Bench

04.10.14

I was on the hunt for something that could work as a bench at the foot of our bed in the master bedroom. I wasn’t willing to spend a ton, but loved the idea of building something original. With the help from my Dad, we ended up buying an old toboggan from the flea market and turned it into the perfect, foot-of-the-bed bench!

Looking for that perfect bench to put in the entry way or at the foot of the bed? Save your money and build your own toboggan bench! Get the full tutorial by clicking here or pin to save for later. — Modish and Main

Those of you that know me personally, you know that I can be a bit of a wild child and it doesn’t stop short of picking out a toboggan and telling my Dad that this could be the perfect bench! He definitely gave me a look like I was crazy but once we got to brainstorming how this could work, he was on board!

Flea Market Finds / Toboggan DIY Project
We got lots of questions as to where we were headed to find snow!

With a few days work, we had exactly what I was hoping for, a gorgeous toboggan bench for the foot of the bed!

Looking for that perfect bench to put in the entry way or at the foot of the bed? Save your money and build your own toboggan bench! Get the full tutorial by clicking here or pin to save for later. — Modish and Main

Looking for that perfect bench to put in the entry way or at the foot of the bed? Save your money and build your own toboggan bench! Get the full tutorial by clicking here or pin to save for later. — Modish and Main

Our initial plan was to go for an industrial look using pipe fittings, but I was shocked at how expensive those are! So… we had this console table at home with a minor leg fracture that would work perfect once the legs got hacked off a few inches. Let’s get to work!

Our first step was to apply wood cleaner, then Danish Oil in teak. It really made the wood stand out & gave it a distressed, vintage look.

Next up, we screwed the top of the console table to the toboggan. This definitely helped secure the structure of the bench so we would be able to sit on it.

DIY Toboggan Bench

DIY Toboggan Bench

DIY Toboggan Bench

DIY Toboggan Bench

Legs are attached, but the table is about 6 inches too tall. We took off the legs (attached by simple bolts) and ran over to The Home Depot where they cut them down for us at no charge!

DIY Toboggan Bench

Now it’s at the right height of 22″ tall.

DIY Toboggan Bench

DIY Toboggan Bench

We let the oil dry on the toboggan for another day in the garage and then brought it up to the bedroom where it fit PERFECTLY! I am beyond ecstatic with the final result and love that it is a one of a kind piece. This entire DIY project cost me less than $50.

Looking for that perfect bench to put in the entry way or at the foot of the bed? Save your money and build your own toboggan bench! Get the full tutorial by clicking here or pin to save for later. — Modish and Main

Looking for that perfect bench to put in the entry way or at the foot of the bed? Save your money and build your own toboggan bench! Get the full tutorial by clicking here or pin to save for later. — Modish and Main

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14 comments on “Build Your Own Toboggan Bench”

  1. We have one of these toboggans that we use in winter at our cabin in the mountains, I would hate to goof it up permanently, buuut with a little modification this will be great way to store it for the rest of the year.

  2. The bench in pretty cool. I am trying to get new ideas to decorate and something different like the toboggan to furnish my new apt. Any suggestions ?

    1. Hey Joel! If you haven’t started browsing flea markets, start now! That’s where you can find the unique pieces & reuse them in unique ways. A coffee table is an easy way to go outside the “box” and do something different. What sort of look do you gravitate towards?

      1. I like something different…more of a contemporary and modern look…I try to get ideas from magazines and also go to Ikea pretty often. I am hunting for a nice platform bed now.

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