how to turn an old coffee table into an ottoman

How to Turn an Old Coffee Table Into an Ottoman

Making use of an old coffee table and transforming it into something both beautiful and practical is a great way to give a piece of furniture a new lease on life! This article is here to walk you through the steps to repurpose your old coffee table into an ottoman.

Materials Needed

  • Old Coffee Table
  • Upholstery Foam
  • Cushion
  • Upholstery Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Staple Gun and Staples
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Measuring Tape


  1. Measure the top of your coffee table, then purchase enough upholstery foam to cover that area. Cut the foam to size.
  2. Cover the foam with the upholstery fabric, and secure with glue. This doesn’t have to be perfect as it won’t be seen in the finished product.
  3. Place the covered foam onto the top of the coffee table and secure with a staple gun. Staple every few inches to make sure it won’t move.
  4. Place the cushion on top of the foam and fabric. The cushion can be any color or style you’d like, as it will be the top of your ottoman.
  5. Secure the cushion with glue or a few staples to make sure it won’t move.
  6. Voila! Your repurposed coffee table is now an ottoman.


By following these steps, you’ve given an old piece of furniture a new life as a stylish, functional ottoman. You can pull up a chair to the table, while family and friends can kick their feet up on the ottoman and relax. A DIY ottoman is an excellent way to repurpose old furniture and give it a new use in your home!

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