Coffee Table Tale

Coffee Table Tale

Design Sponge posted recently about tray tables and I was admiring how practical and useful tray tables are. Then I remembered – I have a tray table – that I made.  It’s the coffee table in our living room and the table base part used to be a bench.  I don’t have the part that made it a bench any longer.  I removed the seat part because it was tufted orange velour and rather than a horizontal bench it was in a curved shape.  Flattened out, it probably stretched to 60 inches long and no, I’m not making this up.  It was so ugly but the base had pretty legs and that’s the part I needed to make a coffee table.

Coffee Table Tale

Coffee Table Tale

The top of the table is plywood that I cut to fit the table base and more importantly cut so that my tray could sit on the table.  Done!  My very own tray table.  My tray table doubles as a card game table with the tray removed.  Yes, poker with pennies.

Coffee Table Tale

I added the casters because I like things on wheels.  It helps in a small living room to be able to roll your coffee table out of the way for hula hooping, yoga mats or sleepovers – all of which are happening regularly in our living room.  Only 3 of the 4 casters match but that’s ok.  No one has noticed yet.

Coffee Table Tale

Then I used Wonder-Under Fuser to attach fabric to the plywood.  I wanted to pretty up the plywood.

Coffee Table Tale

Then I added this little table skirt.  It’s a rectangular table throw that is lined and I added piping.  I used fabric glue to keep the corners in those neat little pleat formations.  Yes, another slip-cover!

Coffee Table Tale

My tray table cost less than $10 including the non-matching casters which I found at Hippo Hardware, one of my favorite haunts.  The plywood was a scrap from another project and was collecting dust in the garage.  The tray I picked up years ago and it has a large crack in the bottom but it still works.

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Sara

Sara, creator of Go Gingham, is passionate about cooking and feeding her family healthy, real food. She's a green enthusiast, too, who loves to grow food organically. Sara loves to travel - especially by trading houses. An avid runner, she can also be found chasing after her chickens in the backyard.

4 Comments


  1. Nice! I love your home, it’s beautiful. I like how you find ways to love old things again by changing them a little to suit your needs. And I bet nobody will ever notice the mis-matched caster wheels.


    1. Thanks Heidi! I’ve got quite the stash of old things….I honestly can’t drive by a pretty piece of furniture with a sign on it that says “Free” and not pick it up – and jam it into my little car! Eventually, the pieces get transformed. Patience is the key – we lived without a coffee table for 15 years or so because I couldn’t find one I liked, that could easily be moved and didn’t cost a fortune. This one fits all 3 criteria… 🙂


  2. Great idea! I love that you used mismatched casters – why not!!?? And the fabric glue is also a great idea. It all looks great! You rock those slipcovers, girl!


    1. Thanks Annie! No one has ever picked up on the non-matching casters – they’re definitely Plenty Perfect!

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