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Coffee Table Converted to an Ottoman

A couple of years ago while scrolling through Pinterest (come on, you know you do it too!) I saw a coffee table converted to an ottoman ; it was a no sew project showing off the stunningly carved legs of a coffee table with a beautifully new upholstered top. I spent hours checking out the amazing makeovers and couldn’t wait to get started on my own.

Since then I’ve completed a hand full, there are just some coffee tables you know would be perfect for a conversion as soon as you see them. This was exactly that project.

Coffee Table Conversion

A good friend passed on this little table, knowing I’d be in love with its turned legs and always on the look out for another project. I shared some photos via Facebook, including some fabric options and a lovely client contacted me saying she’d love it, so chose the fabric that best suited her home. I hope you’re happy with it Sandi!

coffee table conversion 2

I usually paint the frame first, in this case the table has been painted in Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan in Pure White with Clear Wax.

My top tips for coffee table conversions:

  • Choose a table that has its legs inset from the edge of the top. You will need some room to attach your fabric (unless you want to use upholstery tacks, but that’s a whole other post!) on the underside of the table top.
  • Consider how you will be using the ottoman; will you be using this everyday to sit on, or will it be more of a display or decor piece. This older table is fine to sit on, but I wouldn’t recommend it as something you’d sit on everyday. So it’s important to keep this in mind when choosing a table to convert.
  • Get firm foam for your ottoman; thin or overly soft foam will flatten and go out of shape in no time. I pick mine up at Clark Rubber, however if you don’t have one near by, an upholstery store may also have what you’re after.
  • Don’t be tempted by all those beautiful quilting fabrics, or other light weight fabrics you might see at Spotlight or Lincraft. Stick to upholstery fabric! Their thicker volume means they will hold shape much longer.
  • While there are loads of no sew versions round, I always sew my corners. Yes it’s more work, but I do think it’s tidier and gives a more professional look.

You can see a few more of my ottoman projects below


  1. Aqua and White Ottoman 2. Damask Ottoman 3. Geometric Ottoman 4. Patterned Ottoman

If you’ve given an coffee table conversion a try I’d love to here your tips, or see a picture if you’d like to link it in the comments below.

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