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Cot Conversion

Martha Stewart Living, August 2006

Turn a camp cot into an elegant patio daybed. Throw pillows in coordinating colors provide a soft surface to lean against. Depending on your sewing skills, you may wish to enlist an upholsterer for this project.

We covered a 4-inch-thick foam cushion with striped fabric and trimmed the edges with piping. The cot slipcover is sewn from more of the same fabric; box pleats at the corners are tied with ribbon. To complete the look, we applied two coats of light-green exterior paint to the frame.

Comments (2)

  • ddealme 24 May, 2008

    This is an excellent idea. I have an old army cot I purchased at a yard sale. Have yet to use it for anything, and was just about to get rid of it.

  • POOKIE2 14 May, 2008

    Oh, so cute! How do you attach the covers on the camp stools.
    I once wanted to recover a sling chair, but couldn't figure out how to attach the new canvas.