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Make an Ottoman

Use a second-hand coffee table to construct this versatile ottoman.

You will need:


  • paintbrush
  • ruler/measuring tape
  • marker
  • drill with 6mm drill bit
  • scissors
  • staple gun with staples
  • kebab skewer
  • pliers


  • old coffee table
  • leftover paint
  • leftover fabric - you need enough wadding and fabric to cover the surface of the coffee table plus about 20cm extra on each size
  • medium-density foam to fit the surface of your coffee table
  • upholstery
  • contact adhesive
  • 1m wadding
  • 8 x covered buttons with prongs - you can cover them with the same fabric as the ottoman

To make:

Step 1 - Use a paintbrush to prime the legs and dress of the table. Let it dry. You’ ll need two coats of paint on the legs and dress of the table, letting each one dry between coats.

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Step 2 - On the foam, work out where the buttons will go. Use a ruler and marker to mark out the positions.


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Step 3 - Place the stencil upside down on your scrap paper and apply spray glue or stencil glue on it. The stencil should be completely covered with glue.

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Step 4 - Use the drill to drill holes on the marks for the buttons all the way through the sponge and wood surface of the table.

Step 5 - Place the wadding on your work surface. Place the table upside down on it so the foam is on the wadding. Fold the edges of the wadding back

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Step 6 - Place the fabric right side down on the work surface. Fold a hem along the edge of the fabric as you stable it down to create a neat edge. Do all 4 sides, then neatly fold the corners as you would with a gift and staple the fabric in place.

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Step 7 - Insert the kebab skewer from beneath the table into the holes you drilled in step 4 to punch a hole in the fabric for the buttons. Insert the button from the top, pressing down hard through the foam and the wood. Use pliers to bend the prongs open at the bottom.

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