Those beautifully patterned ottomans you have probably seen at most big box stores or at your local furniture store look really great and would probably look fabulous in your living room, but the price on that ottoman may not be in your budget. Some ottomans can cost almost as much as your weekly grocery budget, or possibly more. You can still have an upholstered ottoman at a much cheaper price by taking a coffee table and up-cycling it to an upholstered ottoman. See below for instructions on how to make it yourself.
Here's What You'll Need:
- Coffee table
- 2" thick high-density foam
- Fabric (amount depends on the size of your table)
- Staple gun and staples
- Spray adhesive
- Utility knife
- Rubber mallet
- Decorative nail heads (optional)
- Buttons (optional - if you want a tufted ottoman)
- Long needle
- Upholstery thread
- Extra wood (1" by 1" pieces cut to the length/width of your table)
- Paint and paintbrushes
- Look at your table first, if the top of the table hangs over the legs, you may want to add pieces of wood around the bottom to make the shape of the ottoman even with the top. This will also help when you are stapling the fabric in place. Use 1" x 1" pieces of wood and nail them to the bottom on all sides of your table.
- If you are wanting a tufted ottoman, figure out the placement of your buttons and drill holes through the wood in the table. If you do not want a tufted ottoman, you can skip to this step.
- Next, begin measuring the high-density foam to cover the top of your table. Cut it using a utility knife of a serrated kitchen knife. Using spray adhesive, spray the top of your table and lay the foam in place. Then measure the foam to fit in between the wood on the sides of the table. Spray the adhesive and set the side pieces in place.
- Lay the batting over the top of the foam. Leave enough room for the batting to wrap around the sides and staple it to the bottom. Cut away any excess as needed.
- Take your fabric and measure it across the table. Line up the pattern the way you want it, then cut it so it covers the sides and enough room to staple it in place to the underside of the table. Add a few staples when you have it lined up properly, then flip the table over, pulling the fabric tightly, and staple it in place all the way around the table.
- At this point, you have an upholstered ottoman. If you want those tufts, you can now take the buttons and put them in the proper place. Using the long needle and upholstery thread, begin threading through the holes in the bottom of the table and up through the foam/batting/fabric. Be sure to thread it several times to hold the button on tightly and repeat the process for the rest of the buttons.
- Next, to add a more decorative touch, use the rubber mallet to hammer in those decorative nail heads around the base of the ottoman. Use a level and an ink pen (or fabric marker) to mark where you want the nail heads to go so they line up evenly all the way around the ottoman.
When finished with your ottoman, spray the fabric down with scotch guard to help protect it from stains. Enjoy your new upholstered ottoman. Check out a store like Decorators Choice to purchase the supplies for this project.