Coffee & Side Tables ottoman

Published on August 29th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Lack Ottomans

Materials: Lack side table, high density foam (21 5/8″ x 21 5/8″ x 4″), upholstery fabric (72″ x 72″), craft glue, staple gun, jigsaw

Description: I wanted a couple of custom made ottomans that could also double as a coffee table or even extra seating in a pinch.

Using a jigsaw, I cut 4 inches off of each leg so that the finished height of the ottoman would be the same height as my couch.

I attached the foam square to the table top using craft glue (just so it wouldn’t be sliding all over the place when I went to actually upholster it).

Once dry, I wrapped the fabric around the table top and secured it with a staple gun. This is definitely a two man operation. Hint: Start by holding the fabric taut and stapling the middle of each side first, then move onto the corners.

I trimmed any excess fabric, then reattached the legs with the provided screws and voila! Almost instant ottoman/coffee table/seat.

~ Linda, California

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12 Responses to Lack Ottomans

  1. sbless says:

    I love this! Perfect temporary seating for the littles when company comes over, and great instead of the traditional coffee table.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Where did you find the fabric?

  3. Dan says:

    Hey, So I’m going to make a couple of these but just wanted to know if you’ve had any issues with people sitting on them? I know on Ikea it says there’s a max load of 25kg but will they be ok if somebody just perches?

  4. Leigh says:

    Where can you buy high density foam?

  5. Did you reinforce the legs for sitting/added weight?

  6. Eva says:

    I did something similar, but instead of shortening the legs that came with the LACK table, I used CAPITA legs. Better fits to our sofas which also have metal legs (visible).

    But either way, the project is pretty neat.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Lovely. But do you really intend to have someone sitting on those frail tables?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Wow!! So amazing Linda! Definitely one of the best concepts I’ve seen on the site. Bravo.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Love this idea. I have a couple of these tables at home and have saved them in the event that I would find something to do with them. I think I will try this out! Great idea!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Those are awesome!!

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