These are one of my most popular pieces at markets, and when I saw this coffee table I knew she'd be great - it's that shelf underneath that's the highlight :) It also has a great 'lip' to attach fabric underneath...
I always paint and finish my base first - I don't want to get paint on my fabric!! Once that's sorted, it's on to the upholstery. I'm no expert by any means, but having done a few now I'm getting the hang of it and am always on the look out for coffee tables that would work well.
Over the top of my foam I put a layer of wading; it's soft and holds everything together. I don't do fancy corners, I just cut them off so they will sit nicely under my fabric.
For my corners I like to place the fabric upside down over the top, and pin the corners where I want to sew, remembering tight but not too tight works best. This sometimes takes a few goes to get it perfect, but I think it's worth it. If you don't have a sewing machine, you can always fold the corners like you do when making a bed. You basically end up with a skirt you can slide on and off the top until you get it just right. Once I've got it looking smooth on top I use a staple gun to attach underneath.
I've done a couple of these now, and honestly I think they are so worth the fiddly bits! My first one, pictured above right, was bought by a lady who wanted it for her entry, and the blue geometric pattern was bought by a lady who was going to use it in her bedroom. I'd love one for my lounge room - a tray, magazines and a bit of extra seating... perfect!
What about you -have you made one yourself? Would you give it a go?
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