DIYTIPS Up­cy­cled Cof­fee Ta­ble Bench

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - DIY -

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.


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.

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