How to Build an Upholstery Cutting Table
An upholstery table provides the ideal flat, broad surface for a variety of sewing and upholstering tasks. Upholstering tables are a great DIY project, because it is a relatively simple carpentry task that allows for customization of the table to fit your space and budget needs.
Step 1 – Choose Materials and Measurements
Because an upholstery table is a utility item, the most economical option is often the best for materials. A plywood top will serve nicely for a very low price, and will be easy to install and replace, if needed. If, however, the table will be in a multipurpose room, or if you have access to lumber and would prefer an nicer wood, any 3/4-inch thick wood or composite will work. Measure a height that will work for you; hip height is usually best for the table legs. Remember to take a little under an inch off to compensate for the tabletop. Measure the desired width and length for your tabletop, based on the dimensions of the space available for the table and the upholstery projects it will be used for. For each table leg, you will need a 2x4 measured to your desired height; for stability, you will need four 2x4 boards to form a square under the table, 3 inches from the edge. 2x4s will also be used to create a stabilizing rail at the bottom of the table on three sides. Major hardware stores and lumber yards will cut your wood boards to size at time of purchase.
Step 2 – Attach Frame and Legs
Flip your tabletop surface face down. Underneath, mark the 3-inch margin for the frame with a pencil. Line up the frame with the 2x4s on end, so that they are each 4 inches high and form and square or rectangle that matches the measurements of your tabletop, minus the 3-inch margin and overlap. Use wood screws to attach them together. Take the 2x4's and place them in each corner of the square. Drill a hole from each corner of the frame through the 2x4, using long wood screws. Bolt on the ends. Attach the supporting 2x4s 12 to 14 inches above the floor on three sides using wood screws.
Step 3 – Attach the Tabletop
Flip the frame so that it is standing on the legs. Place the tabletop on the frame, and line it up so that the overlap is even on all sides. Use flathead screws to attach the tabletop to the frame and legs.
Step 4 – Finish the Table
Once the table is assembled, it can be stained, painted or upholstered. Upholstering the table will give you a surface for pinning, whereas stain or paint may better match your décor. Whatever finishing option you choose, your new upholstery table is sure to be a great addition to your home!