DIYTIPS Upcycled Coffee Table Bench
There are so many old but serviceable coffee tables listing around second hand shops or even lurking in your own garage that it’s a waste not to reuse them. Try this for size with a remnant of fabulous cotton-mix fabric to make a casual ottoman or bench.
WHAT YOU NEED:
Suitable coffee table. Not too wide, or it won’t suit as a bench. (A generous overhang gives you a place to discreetly staple your cover on the underside). Sandpaper Paint and primer for the wood legs and skirt Foam for padding Serrated knife to cut, a sharp bread knife is fine Heavy gauge non-stretch fabric to cover bench with a good allowance (10cm after material clears underside edge of table). An old curtain will do Staples and staple gun A couple of shallow woven baskets
1 Sand your bench legs and any base skirt. Prime and paint to suit. 2 Measure your foam by laying it on the table top and leaving 2.5cm excess all around to soften edges. Mark carefully and cut with a serrated knife. 3 Spray some adhesive to the underside of foam, centre and attach to table top. 4 Cut your material to size, leaving at least 10cm to pull as you work. Flip the table over onto the fabric if you find it easier to work downwards on the edge. 5 Attach with a few staples each side leaving corners to finish last. Pull fabric firmly over the edges and under the overhang. Trim excess after stapling (small mistakes are neatly hidden by a wide table edge). 6
Make neat ‘hotel bed’ corners and staple securely in place. Go further. If your coffee table has a lower shelf, slip a couple of baskets for magazines along the shelf, ideal for a quiet read by the window light.