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Comments - How To Turn an Ugly Coffee Table Into an Upholstered Bench

C on Oct 12, 2014:

Thanks for tutorial. I needed it for my project. And besides... sometimes what looks like an antique may just be an old piece of furniture. And sometimes antiques are just plain UGLY.

Ellen on Dec 11, 2012:

Love the fabric I have some chair cushions just like it on my porch with bright green wrought iron chairs I spray painted..this is something I will define try for my bedroom I have never had a nice bedcover bc it always just would get messed up on fall off the bed, it will be nice to make my own to pull back the top over onto

Boxerlover on Nov 11, 2012:

Blows me away what antique snobs are doing reading this fabulous tutorial and making it into something is was clearly not intended for . Such a shame their need to feel like their opinion is valued and important!
Awesome idea and fabulous result. Cheers!

Becky on Nov 07, 2012:

I really have to agree with the comment about this cute antique turned quite gawdy.  It was not over priced at 13.99.  Apparently you do not appreciate vintage furniture.  Next time use something that is not an antique.

Lisa on Oct 16, 2012:

Does anyone know if you could use 2 pieces of foam (end to end) and glue them together to get the right length that you would need for this?  I have foam leftover from replacing our couch cushions and I would rather use that than buy new foam.  Wondering if I can splice them together to make the one long piece that I need.  If anyone can provide some insight to this, it would be much appreciated!  Thanks! 

MiteringMama on Oct 05, 2012:

Lisa-- don't mean to answer for CURBLY but I think she meant extend the foam 1/2" AWAY from the edge of the table, so the foam hangs OVER the edge of the table 1/2" rather than stopping short 1/2".  Hope this helps. =)

Lisa on Oct 04, 2012:

Ooohhh!!!  So glad I found this post!  I trash picked an amazing coffee table that I am going to do this to.  Two questions - you wrote "With foam on work surface, place coffee table upside down on foam.  Measure and mark on foam 1/2" from all edges of table top."  Yet your pictures make it look like the foam extends to the edge of the table, or beyond.  But you stop just 1/2 inch from the edge?  Once it's covered, can you feel the wood edge through the fabric and dacron?  My whole goal in upholstering the table top is to make a soft landing spot for our toddler who is learning to walk. 

2nd question - if using old foam from a sofa, can you use two pieces laid down side by side?  Or must it be one large piece?  Thank you for any direction you can give!

Mitering Mama ;-) on Jul 08, 2012:

PS: bettyspaghetti, thanks for the egg-crate foam suggestion.  I saw the egg-crate foam idea (as a money saver) tonight on HGTV.  If I should need additional foam that's what I am going to try.  $54. for a small pice of foam is RIDICULUS. 

Mitering Mama ;-) on Jul 08, 2012:

Thanks for the wonderful idea.  I just gave away my old coffee table (to a friend with a thrift store) but I was able to get it back!!  Then I was concerned about the cost of foam (Why does EVERYTHING cost SO much?!) when I read your post about getting foam from an old sofa.  Well, our sofa was on its way to the dump in the near future but now (thanks to your post) I will be removing the foam before it goes. Very earth friendly and cost saving, too. Nice!!

Anonymous on Apr 29, 2012:

Unfortunately, it does appear you've turned an antique (perhaps worth about $200) into something quite other. There are a lot of people who don't recognize old tavern/farm furniture. Oh well. Signed, Antique collector/picker...

Victoria on Mar 13, 2012:

This is so smart, and the instrutions make it very easy , except I don;t quite understand how to do the stapling are you doing the stapling from the bottom of the coffee table?

TBird on Mar 10, 2012:

Great tutorial, I live in Dallas and we have some fabric outlet stores with much cheaper foam. I priced a 24 X 36" piece from Joann's at $54, on sale I think, and was able to get a 27" X 60" piece of foam at a local fabric outlet for $18.


bettyspaghetti on Feb 10, 2012:

i made one but used foam (egg crate) twin size from walmart for 8.00 and was able to cut into 4 pcs and just turned the foam over where the (egg crate ridges are ) and worked fine after i put the fabric on and now i have  additional pieces for more projects -hope this helps

Anonymous on Feb 09, 2012:

This blog post should be entitled "how to turn antique gem into a gaudy piece of...."

Susan52 on Dec 31, 2011:

Love this!  Just last night I was eyeing, then measuring, the coffee table we currently use for our TV.  When we move into our new house I want a bench to use at the dining room table.  With the padding and foam, and perhaps another piece of plywood on top to raise the height a tad, I think it just might work thanks to your awesome instructions!

Rose on Dec 08, 2011:

Wow. This is one of the best economical decorating ideas for the home I have found yet!  Thank you for this great solution.

Mariella09 on Oct 07, 2011:

Tada! I may or may not end up painting the legs off/white. We'll see, after looking at it for a while I'll be able to make up my mind more. Again, thank you so much for the tutorial! It was easy to follow and your pics helped make it understandable :)

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Mariella09 on Oct 05, 2011:

I'm working on mine right now! Thankyou so much for this idea! I bought an old coffee table at the Harbor Habitat for Humanity ReStore for only $3.98 and I've completed the first few steps. Tomorrow I am going shopping for the perfect fabric =) Will post completed photo when I'm finished! 

Karly on Jul 14, 2011:

Here she is!

Karly on Jul 07, 2011:

I'm working on my own coffee table bench right now!  I was so inspired by your blog that the next time I was at Savers I found a nice sized wood coffee table that was marked half off so it turned out to be $7.00!  Sanded and repainted and now I am getting ready to drill the holes.  The foam was pretty expensive but since the coffee table was only 7 dollars I thought it was justified:-)  I'll share photos when I am done!  Love your blog! Thank you!


ModHomeEcTeacher on Dec 21, 2010:

Shelly-thanks. It's really easy to make one using an old coffee table. Be sure you have a good staple gun.

Shelly on Dec 21, 2010:

I love this idea!  Your upholstered bench truned out beautiful.

ModHomeEcTeacher on Dec 01, 2010:

Megs-I've collected about 5 more coffee tables in anticipation of doing another upholstered one. They're all stacked up out in the garage. :0

Anonymous on Dec 01, 2010:

This is gorgeous.  Thanks for the tutorial.  I'm inspired

Megs :)

Oberstminga on May 07, 2010:

Very nice. I would like to see you atempt diamond-backed upholstery. Now there's a challenge I think you're up to.

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