DIY: Turning a Coffee Table into a Bench

Coffee Table to Bench

We’ve all seen this on Pinterest. It’s one of those cool new things to do. Why didn’t I think of this before? Well, we never had a spare coffee table before, but our current living room set up doesn’t need it/looks a lot better without it. So now we have a coffee table just sitting in the foyer with a giant Himalayan salt lamp on it.

So, here’s what you’ll need:

  • tape measure
  • pen
  • scissors
  • staple gun
  • staples
  • fabric of your choice (measured to cover your table + a little just in case)
  • upholstery foam (measured + cut to cover your table and some extra just in case)

Upholster a Coffee Table into a Bench

Ready? Alrighty, let’s get started.

1. Prep your coffee table first. Mine wasn’t dusty or dirty, but you don’t want that all up in your bench.

Easy DIY Coffee Table to Bench

This coffee table comes complete with Pudge butt.

2.Lay down your foam on top of the table and cut it to fit. I could only find upholstery foam in squares at Hobby Lobby, so I had to do some creative measuring and cutting. If you have a hot glue gun, I’d recommend gluing your foam pieces on. I think I gave my glue gun away to an elementary school last year in a giant donation. Too bad for me.

Using Upholstery Foam

I love foam!

DIY Bench

3. Next, iron your fabric and then lay it out on top of your foam and make sure it’s even. I used a chevron print fabric, so it was obvious when it skewed off center a little. From here, you can put in a few anchoring staples along the edges or under the lip of the table to make sure the fabric stays straight. I didn’t think that far ahead. I made Sean help me flip it over a million times while trying to hold the fabric taut to avoid it moving. Lots of fails until it was “close enough” and I decided, “I don’t care.”

Prepping Fabric for Upholstery

Like a boss.

Draping Fabric for Upholstery

4. Now the fun begins–STAPLING!

Staple gun for DIY upholstery

Maybe a sneeze is coming on?

Since I was smart and didn’t take my measurements to Hobby Lobby, I didn’t get enough fabric to wrap all the way around and under the coffee table. Instead, I stapled under the lip of the table top.

Upholstery Staples

Whoa, check at the staples on this baby.

Upholstery Staples

If this were surgery, nothing would be falling out.

After getting around the short edges of the table, I got smart and took the table legs off to create the “fold” in the corners.

Upholstery Staples

Look! A stapley coffee table dress!

Turn a coffee table into a bench

Very unlady-like, bench.

5. After stapling all around the edges (and I mean ALL AROUND THE EDGES), I created the fold in the corners by folding on side across and stapling to the edge, then folding the other side across the other way and stapling to that edge. After you do that, you’ll have a little tuft of fabric that’s sticking up between your staple-palooza, and you just fold it the direction of your choosing and staple it all along those edges. Get ready for some serious pictures.

Upholster a Coffee Table to make it a bench

6. Trim up your edges if you have excess fabric, and screw your table legs back on. Here’s the step where you could add tufting if you want. Make sure to measure your bench so all the tufts are even. Mine needs a ribbon or some brass tacks to cover the millions of staples I used, but it’s done for the most part.

Homemade Bench from a Coffee Table

Here’s to reusing furniture and happy sitting!

2 thoughts on “DIY: Turning a Coffee Table into a Bench

    1. Maybe… That, and I wanted to do something with the old coffee table just sitting in the foyer. Mostly staple gun, though.

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