DIY: Turn a coffee table into an upholstered bench

JUN 24, 2014

Spoonflower team member Kelly turned a coffee table into a soft and chic upholstered bench for her home using our new Faux Suede. See how she did it! 

Kelly: I inherited a coffee table that my father made during college in the 1960s. I remember seeing it at my grandmother's house tucked away in a corner when I was growing up, and later stashed in my parents' basement for a few years. The table has such a beautiful base, but as far back as I could remember, it never had a prominent place in any of our family homes. When Spoonflower introduced Faux Suede, I knew I wanted to give it new life in my home as a bench! 

I used this Curbly tutorial by Mod Home Ec Teacher to guide me and Southwest Diamond Chevron Faux Suede fabric by Fable Design. I had planned to tuft the bench seat, but I made the mistake of drilling the holes for the buttons and tufting too small. So here is a tip, if you want to tuft, drill your holes pretty large. Otherwise you will not be able to get your needle back through. I learned the hard way, but I am super happy with the way my new bench turned out!
Do you have any repurposing or upcycling DIYs planned for your home? Tell us about it in the comments below, and share your project photos with the Spoonflower community!

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