Coffee Table to Bench – Tutorial

Coffee Table to Bench, yes it is a wonderful DIY project. Though it is a long project, it is still worth spending all your time. You are guaranteed to get complete satisfaction after finishing the project.

What you need:
– Strong coffee table, take a bit high table for good seat hight
– Electric Knife
– Spray Paint
– Foam
– Spray Adhesive
– Batting
– Fabric
– Scissors
– Staple Gun
– Button Lit
– Finishing Nails
– Fishing Line
– Bit Upholstery Needle
– Hot Glue Gun
– Trim

Step one:
Ensure the table is strong and does not have wobbly legs. If you find any lose contacts, then fix them before you start your DIY project.

Step two:
If you think all your bedroom furniture is dark, then go with the lighter color for the bench. Now, sand the legs and the sides of the table lightly. Apply two coats of white spray paint and put few coats of clear acrylic spray for a glossy finish.

Step three:
You can put buttons if you want or you can avoid them, it is absolutely your wish. But, if you want to put buttons, then you must drill the holes into the table.

Step four:
Now, attach the foam to the table. You can get three-inch density foam or you can go with 2-inch as foam if you want. However, three-inch foam gives you a bouncy cushion. If you find it is a bit uneven, then make sure to measure the foam and mark it so that you can cut the extra foam using an electric knife.
Now, to attach the foam to the table, spray adhesive by placing the foam on the ground. Now, put the table upside down on the foam. I know, it is a bit reverse process, but trust me it is the easier way to place the foam on the table. Make sure the foam is attached perfectly on the table.
Note: Before including the batting and after attaching the foam, take a big needle, and marks foam where you want to put the buttons. Cut a bit of foam at the markings so that it will make the tufting of the button easier.

Step five:
Now, it is time to wrap with batting. Spread the batting and then place the table upside down, which means the foam side down on the batting. Now, cut the perfect size of batting and ensure you have more batting to cover the sides and top of the foam. Take extra for the safe side as you can anyway cut the excess later.
If your table has a curvy edge on the top, then don’t worry, you just need to put extra batting to make it look smooth and then staple it with a big piece of batting. Attach it to the table and then make sure it is placed in the center before stapling. Trim off the extra batting and fold the edges neatly. Make sure that the foam and batting are smooth without any bumps and lumps.

Step six:
Make the table look amazing by adding fabric. You need to follow the same steps that you used for batting, spread your fabric and the cut the fabric two to three inches more for pulling and stapling. Put the table batting side down on the graphic, and now, take the long sides and start stapling. You must pull the fabric tight so that it will put the foam and the batting intact.
You should know this DIY project is not as simple as other projects but it is worthy of your hard work. Like said, the corners are the toughest part and you can easily get frustrated. You need to go with a lot of trial & error, but you need to work hard until you see what you want in your table.

Step seven:
Button Tufting, which is also one of the interesting parts of this project as it allows you to make cover the small button with little squares of fabric using button-making-kit.
Tie the buttons with 16-inch of fishing line as it is much durable than upholstery twine. To put the fishing line, fold it in half and make a loop in the eye of a button and pull gently.
Pull the fishing line tight and then staple it, make sure to staple it for several times, so that it will be attached to the wood below the table.



Step eight:
To give it a best finishing look, trim off all the extra pieces and hide all those staple pins and the best way is by using hot glue to fix a one-inch black trim and place it around the bench.

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