If you love to DIY, like myself, then you probably have those projects you’ve always thought about doing, but never actually start. Our ottoman is definitely one of those projects for me.
I have no idea why because it’s pretty hideous looking. Nathan scored our couches and this ottoman at the Habitat for Humanity Restore way back when he had his bachelor pad. I talked more about the Restore here. The couches and ottoman are super ugly but oh so comfy so we’ve kept them around. I couldn’t handle the brown 70’s vibe for very long and ended up ordering couch covers. The only downfall was they didn’t have any ottoman covers that were big enough to fit the one we have. So, there sat our brown ottoman for way too many years.
My usual fix has been to cover it with a blanket when guests come, but with a great sale on home decor fabrics at JoAnn’s I finally bit the bullet and bought three yards of a gorgeous chevron print!
I haven’t reupholstered anything before so I searched Pinterest and Google to get some ideas on how to tackle this project. I learned we have a pillow top ottoman from this this YouTube video and it was really helpful to watch, especially the beginning. I decided after I got the fabric off that I didn’t want to do the pillow top look again. It used a lot of fabric, involved quite a bit of sewing and seemed like too many unnecessary steps.
- Needle Nose Plyers
- Staple Gun & Staples
- Heavy Duty Clamp
1. Turn the ottoman over, so the bottom is right side up. Use needle-nose pliers to remove all the staples that are attaching the fabric to the frame. Warning: your hands may need a break! Mine got rather sore due to all the staples that were used. The Glee station on my Pandora helped this step go by quickly. Remove the fabric from the ottoman. My fabric had a zippered pocket, exactly like the youtube video said, in which the foam cushion was in. I removed the cushion and threw out the fabric.
2. Lay your new fabric on the floor with wrong side facing up. Ensure it’s smoothed out and there are no wrinkles. Next, I placed the foam directly in the middle of the fabric. I then flipped my ottoman over so the bottom was facing up and I placed it directly on top of the foam.
3. Starting with one of the longer sides, pull your fabric up over the the ottoman and clamp it in place directly against the ottoman frame. Now put a few staples directly around the fabric that you have clipped down. Ensure you are pulling the fabric as tight as possible on each side you staple. This is probably the most important part, as you want it as tight as possible. Utilize the clamp to help hold the fabric in placed as you staple. Continue this step, leaving the corners undone on your two longest sides of the ottoman.
4. The corners are a bit tricky. You should have excess fabric from doing the side of the ottoman that you can curve over the shorter side to cover. Clip in place as pictured below. You will then want to take the fabric that's hanging down, and fold it up towards the clamp to create a crisp, clean corner. You’ll tuck some of the excess fabric behind the front fabric as you pull it up to the corner. Pull it up and over the ottoman towards your clamp and staple in place.
5. Follow step 6 for the other corner. Now finish the middle fabric piece by following step number 5. Follow step 5 and 6 for the other side of the ottoman too.
6. Ensure you have the fabric stapled the full way around and flip over to see your finalized piece! It’s that easy.