How To Make A Coffee Table Upholstered Window Bench

Instead of throwing away an old coffee table that is scratched, use it to make a beautiful upholstered window bench seat. Tips, instructions and list of materials included.

A small coffee table makes a great beginning to a beautiful window bench seat. The coffee table must be sturdy enough to hold a hundred-plus pound person, or two, unless it will be for a child's room. Purchase a piece of foam rubber at an upholstery shop or furniture manufacturer. Foam comes in various densities; choose a fairly dense foam for this project. The foam should be the size of the top of the table, minus a half inch on each side. To make the job easier, glue the foam to the top of the table. This will hold it in place while you upholster it. Spray-on adhesives work best and dry quickly.

One way to make the cushion is to cut the main piece of fabric - the top of the cushion - about a half an inch larger than the cushion top. Then, cut a band an inch wider than the width of the foam piece, and a half an inch longer than the perimeter measurement. Cut an inch-wide strip for covering welt and sew the welt onto the band. Stitch the two ends of the band together, using a half-inch seam. Sew the band onto the main fabric piece, and it's ready to go onto the bench. You can use this method without the welt; just skip that step and sew the two corners of the band together. Now place the cover onto the foam piece and begin stapling it to the tabletop. The staples should be about an inch or so away from the outer edge of the table. For best results, start on any corner and staple directly on the first and second corners, then the middle point between them. Now finish stapling the fabric to the table, working in small puckers, if necessary. If the band is cut to the proper length, a lot of puckers won't be necessary.

An easier way to make the cushion is to lay the foam on a flat surface and measure from one bottom edge of the side, across the top and back down to the other side bottom. Add two inches to the measurement and cut. Lay the fabric on top of the cushion, then fold the material at one corner and staple. Go to the opposite corner and again, fold the corner and staple. Continue this until you have all four of the corners finished, and the material fits the cushion well. Put a staple in the center of each side of the table, between each set of corners. Now finish stapling down the rest of the fabric, taking small puckers if necessary. Hot glue can be used instead of staples for this project, but it will take longer and is more to work with than staples.



There are several ways to cover the staples. The simplest way is to buy a narrow trim, like gimp or cord, and hot glue it onto the staple area of the cushion. You can also cover welt in the same fabric or a different fabric, and staple or glue it to the stapled edges. Another way, although much more time consuming, is to use gimp tacks around the perimeter of the new seat. Gimp tacks have a decorative head and can be hammered into the wood, around the perimeter. They are beautiful and tend to make the piece look antique, with the proper fabric. To do the job properly, remove a staple or two and place a tack, then remove another staple or two and place the next tack, and so on until completed.

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