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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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It’s a Table! It’s a Seat!

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Feb 18, 2016 11:07:20 AM
Dorm room table seat

When living in a small space like an efficiency apartment or dorm room, it’s important that furniture do double duty. You just can’t afford to waste valuable floor space. A perfect example is an end table that can also be used for extra seating.

I found this cute little vintage coffee table at Goodwill for less than $7. It’s sturdy, in good condition and has the added bonus of a second shelf. Pull up floor pillows and you have a game table or dinner for two. Put the pillow on top and you have a bench.

I made the cover from a colorful, striped shower curtain I bought for $2.99. The insert is a two-inch thick foam cushion cut to fit the table top.

Cut the fabric the length, width and depth of the cushion adding an extra two inches on all sides. Center the foam on the cover, turn under the raw edges and pin it in place.

You can sew the seams by hand but a hot glue gun is faster.

To make sure the cushion stays in place when someone is sitting on it, I used a couple of belts ($1.50 each) to attach it to the table. It not only looks cute, but when you need a new accessory, it’s very accessible!

Topics: Merri Cvetan, Goodwill home interior expert Merri Cvetan, DIY table seat, dorm room project, table seat

  • Table seat

    When living in a small space like an efficiency apartment or dorm room, it’s important that furniture do double duty. You just can’t afford to waste valuable floor space. A perfect example is an end table that can also be used for extra seating.

  • table seat

    I found this cute little vintage coffee table at Goodwill for less than $7. It’s sturdy, in good condition and has the added bonus of a second shelf.

  • table seat

    I made the cover from a colorful, striped shower curtain I bought for $2.99.

  • table seat

    The insert is a two-inch thick foam cushion cut to fit the table top.

  • table seat

    Cut the fabric the length, width and depth of the cushion adding an extra two inches on all sides.

  • table seat

    Center the foam on the cover, turn under the raw edges and pin it in place.

  • table seat
    To make sure the cushion stays in place when someone is sitting on it, I used a couple of belts ($1.50 each) to attach it to the table.