Lounging red bench1

Published on July 28th, 2014 | by Madam Rosmerta


SULTAN LADE Garden Bench

red bench1

Materials: Sultan Lade 90×200 cm

There is not much to say about it. You take an old (or a new) Sultan Lade, remove the ribbon (this is my most unloved part of the whole work), cut some slats to the right length for the feet and the seat, paint it in a nice colour (you don’t need to sand it before painting but you can create a vintage style with sand paper after painting – so did I) and use a lot of screws to build a bench. At the end I also paintet the screws in red (I used “Sweden Red”).

red bench2

This hack didn’t cost me anything additional because I used an old slatted frame LADE, the colour I already bought and used for a kitchen storage rack and the screws were at home in my husbands’ screw storage. Al together the bench was made in half a day – the most time I spent with waiting for drying of the colour.

And now my 2 cats can use it for a new sleeping place in the garden :-)

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The Author

Madam Rosmerta

I'm a huge Ikea fan and love hacking and upcycling Ikea Products. Thank God that the next Ikea Shop ist only 40 km away from my home where I live with my family and 2 cats. http://madamrosmerta.blogspot.com

2 Responses to SULTAN LADE Garden Bench

  1. Madam Rosmerta Madam Rosmerta says:

    Sorry, I already wrote my answer, but now I saw it wasn’t published.
    Ok….so again:
    Yes, a full grown can sit on it, but it certainly depends on the weight ;-)
    You can stabilise it with 2 more slats in the back (make a cross with the slats). The size of 90/200 cm you got in Austria until June, nowadays you still can by the frame for childrens’ bed with 70/160. Probably you can think about buying an old one second hand.
    The number of full slats I used is 15 (I remember that one slat was left). 10 for the back and the seat, 2 for the legs on the bag, and then I cuttet the legs in half for the front and for the sides.
    You should screw them with 2 screws on every side on every slat, this will give you more stabilisation as I did with 1 screw.

    Of course you can made a small table with this. But I saw very beautiful ideas (and in my opionen also better ideas) with a Lack table and slats screwed on the surface.

    Have fun!

  2. Emily says:

    Hi! I love this idea and I might want to attempt this but wondering how sturdy it is. Is it only for decoration? You said your cats sit on it, but can a full-grown adult sit on it?

    Also wondering about the size. You wrote 90x200cm but I’m not seeing that as an option on the Ikea website. The full/double size is 135x184cm and the queen size is 76x197cm. I’m not sure why the queen is listed as a smaller size than the full/double, perhaps that’s a mistake. Did you use a full/double or queen?

    Finally, can you clarify exactly how many slats are used in this? It looks like 10 full slats for the back and seat, 2 full slats going from top to bottom in the back, 1 full slat bracing the bottom horizontally, and then 6 half-slats bracing the underside of the seat/legs. Is that correct? That would be a total of 16 full slats. From the pictures on Ikea’s website, it looks like the product has 30 slats on it, which would mean you could possibly make a small table to go along with this?

    Thanks so much! Love it!

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