Turning coffee tables into upholstered benches isn’t a new idea, but it’s still a great idea. I’ve been meaning to do this myself, oh … for several years now and have still haven’t come across the perfect table. But! I need to stop waiting for perfect. Dara’s table didn’t look anything like the storage bench she really wanted, but that didn’t stop her. She closed off the sides with laminate sheeting and unscrewed the table top to make a hinged lid! Pretty AND smart. Pretty smart. See it on her blog Dara’s Designs.
And I totally would have passed this one by in the thrift store, perhaps even pointing and snorting at it and its smoked-glass and beveled-edged eighties-ness. But Better After reader Jenn saw something more. She saw ottoman opportunity! She only spent $65 total, and made a believer out of her husband, who had probably been pointing and snorting at it too. Oh, we of little faith. Looks fantastic and oh-so-comfy now!