Don’t Throw Away Your Old Coffee Table. Turn It Into An Ottoman Instead!

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Brooke, of Inside-Out Design, is an enthusiastic decorator with an eye for creating comfortable and aesthetically pleasing home atmospheres. Here’s a DIY on a really fantastic project she took on to complement her living room seating arrangement.


This coffee table simply wasn’t a suitable height for her couch.

Heck, it wasn’t even that comfortable for propping up her feet. So, she got a clever idea and transformed the table…

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Into this amazing ottoman! Just look at that and tell me if it doesn’t make your feet happy just by the sight of it. How did she do this?

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First off, she didn’t want her feet to prop higher than her butt, “Cause that would look weird.”

She and her husband, Rob, factored in what she wanted for leg elevation, and subtracted 3 inches for the fabric to be added in the future. Ultimately, Rob ended up sawing off 4 ½ inches from the legs. She then added polycrylic to the cut ends for protection, and reattached them.

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Being a perfectionist, she didn’t want the ottoman to look like it used to be a coffee table.

So they built the sides up to be able to attach side upholstery and ensure the genuine ottoman feel. It also makes for a handy way to hide the drawer they were going to install.

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Some expert precision was used to map out the holes for the tufting.

She knew she wanted the short rows to be rows of four, and Rob did the rest. Out came a Tron like grid, which then had holes drilled into the intersections.

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The next step was attaching some pre-cut foam (why not make it easier?) with spray adhesive.

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The easiest way to put the two layers of batting on was to lay it out on the floor and place the table on top, upside-down.

It was easy enough to get the edges even and then staple it on. Two layers of batting equals plentiful plushness.

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Next up, a blanket was placed on the floor, and then the fabric on top. This was to help keep Brooke from panicking about the fabric getting dirty.

Then the table was placed on top of the fabric, face down as with the batting. The staples were applied to the sides, closely together to prevent a bumpy bottom edge. The corners were done last.

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This alone would have been pretty amazing, but if you are going to do something like this, you might as well do it right.

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Tufts were added to really give this ottoman the professional touch. Here is Brooke’s DIY tutorial for tufting an ottoman.

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You know, that looks just comfy enough to curl up on without a couch. Genius idea!

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H/T: diyshowoff.com