how to cover metal footings on coffee table

How to Cover Metal Footings on Coffee Table

Making the decision to add footings to any piece of furniture can be an important step towards creating something truly unique. In some instances, the metal footings of a coffee table or other piece of furniture can detract from its overall aesthetic. If you would prefer to have a finished look that focuses on the wood instead, covering the metal footings is the ideal solution.

What you need

  • Lighter
  • Felt
  • Cotton twill tape
  • Furniture grade glue
  • Soft cloth

Step 1: Measuring and Trimming

Measure the length of the metal footing around which you will be wrapping the felt. Leave some extra material on both ends to ease the process of wrapping. Once you have the correct measurement, use scissors to trim the felt. Make sure to trim it good so that there are no fraying edges.

Step 2: Fusing and Sealing

Use a lighter to heat the edge of the felt. This will help to fuse the felt’s edge together, creating a seal. Make sure to move the flame around the edge so that the entire area is heat treated. Once this has been done, reheat the edge slightly to make sure that the seal is complete.

Step 3: Sealing the Join

Wrap the cotton twill tape around the felt at the join. This will help to bond the two pieces of felt together and hold the shape in place. Make sure to brush on a thin layer of the furniture grade glue before you wrap the cotton tape around the joint. This will help ensure that the join is completely sealed.

Step 4: Wrapping the Footing

Position the trimmed felt piece around the metal footing of the coffee table. Secure the felt in its place with furniture grade glue. Make sure that it is fitting properly and that you have left enough room on both ends to wrap it around the legs.

Step 5: Completing the Look

Denote the join at which you have secured the two pieces of felt together using a soft cloth. This will allow you to hide the seam and ensure that the prepared edge blends in seamlessly with the rest of the design.


Covering metal footings on a coffee table is a great way to update the look of the piece and add some extra comfort. By following these simple steps you can easily achieve a professional looking finish.

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