Published on January 4th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


The ‘Bertil’ Bench

Materials: Bertil Chair and Ikea supplied fixings/hardware
1200mm x 400mm x 22 mm plywood sheet
1200mm x 45mm x 20mm pine
1200mm x 20 x 20 pine
Scrap bits of pine
PVA wood glue
Wood screws
Jig Saw
Cordless drill
Tape measure
‘F’ Clamps

Matt halved a Bertil chair and converted it into a bench.

Check out the Instructable for the Bertil bench for full details.

~ MattCP

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16 Responses to The ‘Bertil’ Bench

  1. Looks like one of those out-of-the-box Dutch designs. I like the idea, but I wonder if it seats confortable.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think its cool. Its a bit different for those with conservative taste, but a bit of fun.
    I have seen this idea before…

  3. A Warner says:

    i really like this. essentially, the bench doesn’t have a back, it has embellishments, which are at least decorative if not functional. why not have something in your house that is a conversation starter AND serves a purpose?

  4. Anonymous says:

    i think this is one of those things that sounds like it could be good but ends up being a little disappointing. And maybe the bench could work in an ultra modern house with abstract furniture everywhere… but it doesn’t look like this house is modern and it doesn’t seem to fit in which may be why people are turned off… I’d also be concerned about stability……However, execution looks very clean.

  5. Chiara Switzerland says:

    From my point of view the mirror you can see in the first pic is prepared for the back of the bench… Don’t you think so?!?!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I’m the only one I find it nice! I like it :)

  7. Anonymous says:

    And the award for ‘Daftest Hack Of The Year’, goes to……

    This beats my Wardrobe from a Wheelie Bin Idea.

  8. MacMama says:

    Are you kidding? Make a bench with or without a back. Not half a back… Looks ridiculous.

  9. Anonymous says:


  10. Anonymous says:

    I have to agree, it’s pretty ugly. Even if another piece of wood had been added for a back, I still wouldn’t like it, but I can appreciate the effort if it works for you and had fun making it.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Just spend the extra $$ and buy 2 chairs instead. I agree that this looks ridiculous and very uncomfortable.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Terrible. Doesn’t look worth the effort

  13. Beate says:

    I miss the part for the back….

  14. Esce says:

    ee bıtmış halı nasıl goremedım sanırım o boşluga bır obje yerleştırmeyı dusunuyorsunuzdur

  15. Anonymous says:

    Is that the final result!? I’m inclined to agree with the ‘ridiculous’ comment.

  16. Anonymous says:

    this looks ridiculous, seriously.

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