I saw an old bed frame for $15.00 at the thrift store and decided to see if I could rebuild it and make a bench similar to the ones floating out there in internet land. It had the side boards so I figured for $15.00 if I messed it up no big loss.
I cut the foot board to the depth I wanted the bench to be, about 24 inches. Fastening the foot board to the head-board was done by drilling through the back of the head-board and into the cut end of the foot board. I used extra long screws to assemble this part of the bench frame. I cut one of the side rails to the size needed to go between the foot board posts in front. I used the metal fasteners on each end of the side rails just as if putting the bed together. (After cutting the side rail to length I took the fastener off the unused end of the side rail and repositioned the hardware on the cut end.) Then I put on boards to make the seat using screws to secure them to the bench. Gave it a good sanding, primed, and painted.
The cushion was made from clearance home dec fabric and 6 inch foam wrapped in batting. I made piping and put a zipper in the back of the cushion. The pillows were clearance outdoor pillows for $2.77 each. I think I will make a few more pillows and call it finished. One of my girls will be receiving this project. Hope she likes it!