Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Coffee Table to Ottoman

My first coffee table to ottoman conversion turned out so great that I've made another one! And when ottomans can be upwards of $500, why not?

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There are loads of tutorials for making an ottoman around the place including this one from Design Sponge, so I'm not going to re-invent the wheel. What I can do though is share my tips for making your own! Here's the coffee table I used for this project - it was perfect because it had the two things I was looking for... the right design features and curves in the right places!

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Make sure you pick a coffee table that either has a lip around the table top, or you can remove the legs. Either way, this will make it easier for you to attach your fabric and means you can finish off the underside nicely. I'm yet to find one where you can easily remove the legs, but I'm sure they are out there.

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Don't you just love these legs!! The two I've done have had shapely legs, and I think these really make the ottoman. You also need to think about height - considering the height of the legs and then adding your foam on top. The last thing you want is something that's too high.

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My last tip is about the cover. Over the top of my foam I add a piece of stretched wading to add extra softness but also hold everything together. I think this makes a huge difference and shouldn't be left out. And your fabric? Make sure you use upholstery or home decorator fabric! The fabric needs to have some weight to it - I know some of those quilters cottons are beautiful, and I was eyeing off some vintage sheets that I thought would look beautiful, but they just wont hold up over time.

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So there you have it - A coffee table turned ottoman and my ideas to help you make your own!

Thanks for stopping by!

I'm sharing at...
Not Just a Housewife
Sugar Bee Crafts
Live Laugh Rowe
Primitive & Proper
Miss Mustard Seed
Scandi Coast Home


  1. Just. Fabulous. I love it, the fabric and finish go so beautifully together. Well done you!

  2. Awesome as always!! Where do you buy your fabric from? It's gorgeous and won't last long at your market!!

  3. I found an old coffee table in our garage today (!) that I wanted to something fun with. Now I know what!

  4. Such a gorgeous piece! The fabric and white really make it look so different and the perfect addition to your room. Here from Primitive & Proper's link party. Megan

  5. Stunning...you did a beautiful job! This project is on my "to-do" list. Love everything about this one...found you via Primitive and Proper.

  6. i especially love this one- the fabric was the perfect choice! beautiful as always, catherine!

  7. Yours turned out beautifully! I've seen some that you can really tell that they are tables-turned-ottoman, but the style of yours totally WORKS! Well done!!

  8. Looks great, love the fabric choice too :)

  9. Very pretty, best part is that you have a extra storage on the bottom. When our boring ottoman dies, I think i'll make one of these.

  10. Love your fabric! I made an ottoman from a coffee table a few months ago. And I still love it.:) I co-host a weekly party (double the exposure for you!). I would love to have you come party with us, if you have time. Have a great week.

  11. Wow! That looks fabulous! Love the fabric and the paint. Nice to have a "new" piece of furniture!

  12. I liked this so much I jumped over to Pinterest and added to my boards. :)

  13. Gorgeous! I shared my coffee table to ottoman conversion on MSS too. I love the fabric you chose!

  14. Do you know I just don't get how you know how to do this stuff!!!
    It looks amazing and I want you to pop over and make me one ;O)
    Tania xx

  15. I have been wanting to make one of these for so long. Just haven't found the right table yet. Love yours. Found you through Miss Mustard Seed - am a new follower.....

  16. Great project !

    I would love you to come and share it at my Craft, Create & Inspire Linky party


    Hope to see you there:)

    Claire@ Polkadot pretties

  17. Love that you took a piece and totally transformed it into another! Beautiful! I'd like to invite you to share it at my party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. I hope you can join in the fun!

  18. It looks beautiful, I love the fabric you chose ! I'm visiting from The Shabby Nest party by the way, thanks for sharing !


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