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.
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.
Things You Will Need
- Coffee table
- Faux fur
- Batting or other liner
- Hot glue gun
- X-acto knife
- Allen wrench
You will need enough foam to fit the exact size of your tabletop. There should be enough batting to fully cover the table with enough extra fabric to go under the top of the table on all four sides. Some fabric stores sell the upholstery foam by the yard or you can purchase pre-cut squares.
Measure your table and pick out a beautiful fabric.
Spread out a blanket on the floor to protect the tabletop and flip the table over. Unscrew the tabletop and remove the base.
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.
Trim the fur to fit your table.
Use your glue gun to glue the batting to the underside edge of the tabletop.
Stick a nail through the batting and into the holes to mark where the screws will go.
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.
Fold in the corners like you're wrapping a present and glue them down. Repeat these steps around the entire tabletop.
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.
Re-attach the table base to the top using an allen wrench. Flip the table over and accessorize.
Measure and Pick Fabric
Remove Table Base and Prep
Lay Out Fur, Foam and Batting
For cutting faux fur, make a small cut and then rip the fabric all the way down. This will keep the fur from unraveling. If it still sheds, run a small line of glue with a hot glue gun along the edge of the cut fabric.
Glue Batting and Fabric Down
If you have a table where the base can't be removed, use a staple gun to attach the batting and fabric underneath of the tabletop.
Place the Nails and Finish Gluing
Punch Holes for Screws
If the screws do not go in easily, remove them and make a bigger hole in the fabric with the X-acto knife.
Re-attach Table Base and Enjoy Your Table
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.