Picture of Repurpose an Old Coffee Table to Make an Ottoman
This project was born from the fact that I am starting from scratch in my living room, and I had no place to rest my feet.
I had a brass inlayed coffee table that my dad brought back from Africa. Yes, it’s pretty, but it is god awful to rest your feet on plus... it started to turn into a shelf that was collecting strange and random items. (I hate clutter)

I saw some on line projects to make an ottoman, but all the projects would have destroyed the table top. and since it is pretty.... I wanted to option of keeping the top and not drilling holes in the table top. If you don't care about the table.... this project would be a lot simpler if you drill the holes in the table top :)

The expensive part of this project was the foam. I'm very limited on where I can shop for things like that so it cost me $45.

Things you will need:

1. A coffee table.
2. Foam for the top. I used 3in.
3. Foam for the side. I used 1in. (if there is a lip)
4. An electric carving knife.
5. Enough upholstery batting and whatever fabric you like to wrap around and under the table. My table used about 1.5 yards. (keep in mind you’ll be adding an extra 3 to 4in to the top of the table).
6. An upholstery needle.
7. Buttons for tufting. I got the “make your own fabric covered buttons” for the top and I got small buttons to tether to the bottom. The amount will depend on the size of your table-I used 6.
8. A staple gun.
9. 15 lb monofilament (fishing line) *note: I tried 5 lb… it snapped.
10. Water soluble craft glue.
11. Foam glue
12. A piece of thin partial/press board, cut to just under the size of the top of the table.
13. A drill.
guidess 11 months ago
This is perfect. I have wanted to have a combination ottoman /table like this but haven't wanted to permanently sacrifice my coffee table. I'm kind of hitting myself in the forehead for not thinking to do it like this, but I'm awfully glad you did! Thanks for the super clear instructions and personal tips on the button - tufting. I LOVE that it is sturdy enough to be permanent, but flexible enough to be completely reversible. Great 'ible!