make your own PADDED OTTOMAN
Turn an old timber coffee table into a designer piece with just foam and fabric. PS, the button-top upholstery effect is super easy.
Gather your supplies
• Coffee table
• 9mm MDF
• 75mm foam
• Quilt wadding
• Upholstery-grade fabric
• Upholstery buttons
You’ll also need
Circular saw; tape measure; marker; scissors; staple gun; 75mm button head wood screws and washers to fit; cordless drill; hot-glue gun
STEP 1 Measure and cut MDF and foam to size of tabletop using a circular saw and scissors.
STEP 2 Position foam on MDF, draw a square grid pattern, then mark the button points and snip with scissors.
STEP 3 Cut all the way through foam at button points to make holes.
STEP 4 Cut wadding and fabric to go over both foam and MDF with enough overhang to go under MDF.
STEP 5 Lay wadding over foam and press it into each button hole.
STEP 6 Turn over or on the side to staple wadding to MDF, then lay flat to position fabric over wadding with an even overhang all around.
STEP 7 Locate the button holes through the fabric and press scissor point into it to make a small screw hole. STEP 8 Thread washers onto screws and insert in button holes.
STEP 9 Drill screws in place at every button hole, taking care not to go all the way through MDF.
STEP 10 Lay padded top on table and drill a few screws down further to grab tabletop. Turn table upside down and staple fabric in place around the sides.
STEP 11 Hot-glue upholstery buttons over each screw.