how to make a coffee table into a footstool

How to Make a Coffee Table into a Footstool

Do you have an old, ugly coffee table that’s taking up valuable space in your home? Don’t throw it away! With a few simple adjustments, you can easily turn your old coffee table into a brand new footstool. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Remove Legs and Sand Table Top

Begin by unscrewing the legs of the table and setting them aside. Depending on the shape of your table, you may need to use a power tool to remove the legs. Once you’ve taken the legs off, sand down the surface of the table top with some sandpaper. This will help ensure a smooth transition from table to footstool.

Step 2: Measure and Cut Foam

Now measure the size of your table top and cut your foam to size. Make sure the foam is thick enough to provide comfortable padding. Most foam is already cut to standard sizes, so you should be able to find one that fits perfectly.

Step 3: Upholster the Foam

You’ll now need to upholster the foam using fabric of your choice. Spread the upholstery fabric over the foam, tracing its edges onto the fabric before cutting. Use a glue gun or staple gun to secure the fabric to the foam, making sure to pull it tight as you go.

Step 4: Drill Holes and Attach Legs

Finally, flip the footstool over and drill small pilot holes in the bottom of the footstool. Set the legs into the holes and secure with screws. Once the legs are attached, you should have a brand new footstool that looks great and provides some extra seating.


Making a coffee table into a footstool is a great way to recycle old furniture and make something new. You can customize the look with any fabric or legs of your choice. A few hours and some simple adjustments, and you’ll have a unique, stylish footstool.

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