seating Granaschair

Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Granas Chairs turned in to a Bench

Materials: 3 Granas Chairs

Description: Hi I’m Ashli from Mini Manor Blog.

We needed a bench, it had to have a back, and I new that I wanted something with an industrial look!

I love the combination of metal and wood. I was searching Craigslist for benches when I came across some Ikea Granas Chairs, they had great clean lines, and the cross backs made me very happy ;) .

We found 3 chairs for $25!
We bought 3 1×6′s each board was 6 feet long.
We stained them a medium walnut color.

We removed the wicker seats from their metal frames, and were able to use the existing holes (for the screws that held the wicker seats in place) to screw in and secure the boards to the chair.

And for the finishing touch we simply stenciled on a little instruction . . . SIT.

I think that an added shelf on the bottom would also be great if you were planning on using it as a hall bench, a quick place to stash your shoes or maybe a basket or two!

I hope you enjoyed our hack!

~ Ashli, British Columbia, Canada

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Jules Yap

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21 Responses to Granas Chairs turned in to a Bench

  1. nick says:

    I’m thinking of something like this, but I need something that can support wider wood (such as ikea 210cm countertop), and possibly something higher so that feet doesn’t touch the floor. Any ideas ?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Loved it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    the bench is way too close to the door for my taste. i would have to move it elsewhere to make it easier to go in and out of the door.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I think that it’s a great hack. It also offers the opportunity for someone to “borrow” the idea and tweek it a bit to make it their very own. Excellent!

  5. Anonymous says:

    awesome Ikea Hack,love the Sit.stencil adds a bit of whimsey.. love it

  6. Anonymous says:

    I love it…a simple and practical idea. If the busy-ness of the legs is a problem you could always at a fabric “skirt” and use inverted box pleats to make the skirt look more modern than rustic. The shelf on the bottom is a great idea too.

  7. Anonymous says:

    It’s a great hack. I agree with Eva’s suggestion, above, about putting matching boards across the base. Perfect for storage and also would eliminate a bit of the “busy-ness” of the extra legs. It looks terrific, though, and is a great idea.

  8. I love this idea but am curious: I must be overlooking something obvious … You said you used 3 1×6 boards that were 6 feet long, but I only see one, or did you stack them one on top of the other? The board in the photo looks like a single 1×6. Thanks! and I like your stencil. Nothing cliche about it, not even the period!

  9. Anonymous says:

    love it! :)

  10. Eva says:

    It’s great! Have you thought in use more wood to do a shelf underneath the bench? That would take out of sight a lot of bars under the bench (which in my opinion is a little bit overwhelming), and you can use it as additional storage for pillows, blankets, boxes…
    Thanks for sharing.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Great idea but IMHO a bench should have four feets, not 12. Otherwise, it gets difficult to clean under and it is not forgiving when used one an uneven floor.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Looks cool, but the text is just entirely cliche in these “modern” homes. It even has a period, which is just overkill on the cliche meter. Looks really awesome, though, regardless.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I love it! You made it your own

  14. Mark says:

    Great idea. I really like the text decal too. Great work.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Love it.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful! I am so in awe of the creative minds that can look at chairs and see a bench, etc.. And the stencil adds a perfect finishing touch. My grandchildren would sit down just to prove they could read it!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Why would you say that! It’s clean and simple, and very pretty. I’m a huge metal and wood lover myself and this is a great easy hack with plenty of potentiel for personnal taste improvement.
    Thanx :-)

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