Banquette: How to build an upholstered panel

Decor, DIY, Furniture

In part 1 of my dining room makeover, I showed you how I built my banquette bench. This is part 2, where I complete my banquette bench by making an upholstered wall panel – the  nice thing about this project is that you can use the same steps to build a DIY upholstered headboard. In part 3 of the makeover, I build wall panels finished with grasscloth to surround the banquette – they bring some architectural interest to the room and also provide a place to hang DIY wall sconces I made.


  1. Bonjour de Québec! Wow! I’m going to use this to make myself the “prettyest” headboard ever. Your banquette is lovely. Can’t wait to see the back panel. A+

    • Bonjour Chantal! Merci, glad you like it and yes, it’s also an easy way to make a headboard 🙂

  2. HEllo Isabelle!

    I am a big fan of your apartment engineering Ideas. I think your awesome! I have a couple of questions for you regarding creating the banquette with upholster headboard. I was wondering should I use high gloss or semi gloss paint on bench and also what kind of thread to use for the tufted button? Please advise.

    Sincerely and thank you

    • Hi Fatiah! Thank you, that’s so nice of you to say! The type of paint is really up to your preference. I like the high gloss but semi-gloss looks very nice as well. I used waxed upholstery thread (here’s the link: Hope this helps and that you’ll share pics of your project! Isabelle

  3. Hi, Isabelle: What a great tutorial! I was with you all the way and this is such a doable project. I don’t live in an apartment but have a very small kitchen and your ideas are for everyone. Do you know the dimensions of the canvas drop cloth or how much fabric is needed? I would like to use other fabric. Thank you for your easy instructions.

    • Hi Vickie, Thank you, glad you liked it! I usually use a piece of fabric big enough so that it extends about 2″ past the peg board on all sides. But you may need more fabric depending on how thick your foam is.

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