Ottoman Upholstery

July 16, 2012


Reupholstering furniture is a lot of fun. I really enjoy it, but if you’re new to upholstery I should warn you, it’s not for the faint hearted. You will need to put in a lot of hours and perhaps ask a friend to help! Thankfully, my husband is super handy and is always kind to help me when I need him!

And I honestly couldn’t have reupholstered this ottoman without him!

Stephen and I bought this ottoman three years ago for our new apartment, it was ugly and on sale and I was excited to venture into DIY land. So far we’ve reupholstered it four times… practice makes perfect, right? Throughout our yearly reupholster experiences, I think we finally found something that works and I want to share it with you!

You will need heavy cotton fabric (for this ottoman I used 1 1/2 yards), a hot glue gun, a staple gun and lots of patience!

Drap your fabric over the ottoman and line it up the way you want it. Allow at least six inches of extra fabric on each side.

Now you can start stapling! We only stapled in the middle of each side because the corners are a little tricky.

The extra six inches of fabric on each side will help cover up your staples!

Step One: Fold two inches of the fabric under.

Step Two: Fold another two inches of fabric under again.

Step Three: Now take your “folded under fabric” and fold it over your staples…it should look like the above photo.

Hot glue your folded fabric together and to the ottoman.

This is the tricky part: There’s going to be a lot of fabric that you will not need for the corner.

Figure out how tight you want the corner to be and cut the extra fabric.

Fold and tuck your fabric until you get it the way you like it and then glue it!

ta da!

…now three more corners!

And you’re finished! Now you can sit down and smoke a pipe like my husband or have a cup of tea like me and admire your hard work!

I hope this little DIY encourages you to start your own project if you have one in mind!

Do you have a upholstery project in mind?




  • Reply Amber July 16, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I LOVE the fabric you chose!! Great tutorial, you know i also think you could glue trim over the staples too!

    • Reply mrsamberapple July 16, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      aw, thanks Amber!! Yeah, the last reupholster I did, I used ribbon to cover the staples and it looked pretty good!

  • Reply Meagan July 17, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I love the fabric you chose! I adore chevron print!! Your nails are gorgeous as well!!

    • Reply mrsamberapple July 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      aw, thank you Meagan!! I’ve been in love with the chevron print since it’s been trending on Pinterest!

      Thanks! I started to repaint my nails the other day; I went through every colour and ended up repainting them the same gold colour! haha :)

  • Reply Mariela July 17, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Great job! It looks fabulous. I gave my hand at up holstering once. Let’s just say I’ll stick to wood working instead.

    • Reply mrsamberapple July 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Wood making?! That sounds awesome!

      • Reply Mariela July 17, 2012 at 9:33 pm

        Yeah I took four years in high school. If I ever get enough money saved up I’d like to pick it up again.

  • Reply Katrina Nixon July 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I actually was planning on upholstering our foot stall. this is so helpful.
    Thank you & well done xx

    • Reply mrsamberapple July 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Oh fun! i want to see it when you finish, I love reupholstering.

      Did you get my email from last week?!

      Thank you for the birthday wishes!

  • Reply RachelP July 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Grst job!! I LOVE the fabric! Your so right reupholstering is not for the faint of heart, but I love to do it! I also love to refinish wood furniture!

    • Reply mrsamberapple July 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks Rachel!! It’s so nice to know other girls who like to do this stuff too! Have you ever reupholstered a chair? I think it will be my next project. If you have, any tips would be really helpful!

  • Reply Amanda Castle July 25, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    I love how you always redo your furniture!!

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