When I posted awhile back about my plan to re-do the living room, I mentioned wanting to re-upholster our sad, broken ottoman, despite never having re-upholstered anything. Now, after a trip to Home Depot for a staple gun, a few subsequent trips for the correct staples, and an afternoon on stapling, I have a new ottoman! Here’s the original ottoman in faux black leather (the large tear in it is covered up by the sheepskin rug):
need to insert pic of new ottoman
Here’s what I did–if I can do it, so can you!
Step 1: Remove the legs.
Step 2: I removed the tufting buttons and then covered the top with quilt batting to make it extra cushy.
Step 3: I used the dining room table for this and subsequent steps! I placed the ottoman upside-down on the fabric (the right side of the fabric also faced down) and centered it on the fabric.
Step 4: Starting in the middle of the long edge, I pulled the fabric taut and started stapling the fabric to the frame of the ottoman, tucking the fabric under the bottom of the frame. I kept stapling all the way to the right, and then went back and stapled the left side. I then did the same thing on the opposite side, making sure to pull the fabric taut. Finally, I folded the corners of the fabric in, trimmed away excesses fabric, and stapled the two shorter sides:
Here’s a closer-up pic of a corner. The corners were a little tricky, but I just kept at it until the folding was right and then quickly stapled the fabric into place:
Step 5: Trim any excess fabric and tap into place any loose staples.
Step 6: Re-attach the legs and put your legs up!
I’d love to do more with this ottoman, like perhaps add some nail-head trim detail, but for now, she’s working quite well in our living room as a place to put our feet up (or, oftentimes, a place for baby tummy time!).
What do you think? Have you recently tried your hand at re-upholstering? Are you an experienced ottoman re-upholsterer?