Coffee Table turned DIY Ottoman

With this simple DIY ottoman you can save money and time by re-purposing an old coffee table. You would be amazed how many uses an old coffee table can have, just like the DIY window seat we re-purposed. However, with this ottoman idea you can create the furniture piece specific to your dreams without the expensive cost of buying one that is otherwise pre-made.

DIY Ottoman Guide


Items Needed

  • Old coffee table
  • Sandpaper
  • Upholstery Foam
  • Plywood
  • Quilt Batting
  • Fabric
  • Staple Gun
  • Glue (Most glues will work)



1.) Cut the plywood to fit the top of the coffee table.

Cut the plywood


2.) Glue foam to plywood

Glue the foam


3.) Wrap the plywood and foam in quilt batting and fabric, staple both together. The video below gives a fine demonstration of how to do this.

(Optional) Cover the fabric with a layer of clear plastic to keep them childproofed.


4.) Prep the table by sanding it down or painting it to match your desired design idea.

sand the table


5.) Screw the newly made plywood top to the table from underneath

Attach the ottoman top

That’s it! Enjoy your newly crafted DIY Ottoman!


Final word: Coffee Table turned DIY Ottoman

Wasn’t that simple? It always amazes me how re-purposing old furniture can save so much time! As with any great DIY project you can always customize the design to your heart’s content. Do you want drawers on your ottoman? Then find a coffee table that has them. Do you want rollers on the feet so you can move it around easy? Well good news, rollers cost only a few dollars to add! You can truly make this DIY ottoman into the furniture piece you desire.

What also helps is to consider what piece of furniture you are trying to pair your ottoman with. Depending on the color scheme and material you might need to tailor this DIY ottoman design accordingly. For example, if you have a leather couch you might want to consider an ottoman that takes on a neutral color so that it doesn’t distract from the distinct style of the leather couch, or anything else in the room! Also in that example, you could consider using leather in place of fabric for the build, even using PU leather to keep the cost low.

You should also consider checking out the rest of our DIY sections that cover areas such as, DIY Furniture, DIY Home Décor, DIY Crafts, DIY Kitchen Ideas, and even DIY Outdoor Ideas. The goal with our DIY sections are to showcase simple DIY ideas that should be achievable for even the most entry-level DIY designer. So don’t waste time and start DIY’ing!


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