How to Upholster a Coffee Table

Give your coffee table a chic update with modern faux fur fabric for a high-end look on a budget that is certain to be a conversation starter.
Faux Fur Upholstered Coffee TableFaux Fur Upholstered Coffee Table
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Take a coffee table from ordinary to fabulous with a simple faux fur update. Though the table is fine on it's own, adding beautiful faux fur fabric will give you a high-end look and be a sure conversation starter every time someone enters your room.

Measure and Pick Fabric

Measure your table and pick out a beautiful fabric.

BeforeFaux fur fabricFoam squares

Remove Table Base and Prep

Spread out a blanket on the floor to protect the tabletop and flip the table over. Unscrew the tabletop and remove the base.

Flip table overUnscrew tabletopRemove base

Lay Out Fur, Foam and Batting

Lay out the faux fur with the fur face down and place the foam on top. Put the batting on top of the foam to act as a layer between the foam and the tabletop. This will protect the top of the table in case you ever want to remove the fur and use the table in its original state.

Arrange fur and foam on the floorAdd batting

Trim Fabric

Trim the fur to fit your table.

Cut fabric to size

Glue Batting and Fabric Down

Use your glue gun to glue the batting to the underside edge of the tabletop.

Hot glue batting to edge of the tabletopHot glue batting to edge of the tabletop

Place the Nails and Finish Gluing

Stick a nail through the batting and into the holes to mark where the screws will go.

Put a nail through the batting into the screw hole

Next, remove the nail from the batting and push it through the faux fur. Pull the fabric tight and glue it on top of the batting. Push the nails into holes and leave them in until it's time to connect the base.

Put nail through the fabric and batting into the screw hole

Fold in the corners like you're wrapping a present and glue them down. Repeat these steps around the entire tabletop.

Fold in corners and glueFold in corners and glueComplete the gluing and inserting nails

Punch Holes for Screws

Once the fabric is secure and the glue is dry, remove the nails and make a larger hole in the fabric using an X-acto knife. Poke the screw through the fabric and batting to make sure it fits.

Punch a hole in the fabric where screws go inInsert the screw to make sure it will go in the hole

Re-attach Table Base and Enjoy Your Table

Re-attach the table base to the top using an allen wrench. Flip the table over and accessorize.

Put the table base onto the table top and screw togetherStyle table with accessoriesAdmire your handy workPut your feet up

Things You Will Need

  • Coffee table
  • Foam
  • Electric knife
  • Spray adhesive
  • Dacron batting
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Fabric

About the Author

Summer Hogan, a UNC Chapel Hill graduate with a degree in journalism, is the creator and voice behind the blog Simple Stylings. With a passion for DIY projects, home design and entertaining, Summer’s goal is to help you create simple style for your home and life.