Learn upholstery 101 quick & easy. You'll need minimal experience (almost none!) Also a piece of Old furniture that has simple lines (we chose an ottomnan.) Enough fabric to cover the piece. Some talismans to enhance the ottoman. And a "staple gun."
- Ottoman (cushion needs to in good condition.)
- Fabric (Measure across and down in both directions. Fabric should be at least 6 inches wider & longer than ottoman total width and length.
- Staple gun & staples
- Corded tassel
Measure the ottoman in both directions.
Clean prior to covering to remove odors
- Start with a cleaned upholstered ottoman. (Note: ours even had an attached 4 inch cushion.)
- Lay fabric onto ground.
- Place ottoman upside down onto wrongside of fabric.
- Find center of each side of ottoman bottom. Mark bottom of ottoman center with a small marker line.
- Find center of each side of fabric. Staple each center to match each center of ottoman. Staple. Pull tight and continue stapling remaining centers.
- Next staple each "short edge of ottoman only.
Staple short width sides only.
Pleat Corners & Pull tight Step Three
- Pleat excess fabric.
- Pull fabric toward center of long side of ottoman. Then pull the fabric back to edge to make straight pleat. Pull tight. Staple to hold in place.
- Repeat for each corner.
- Staple long sides of ottoman.
- Once all sides are stapled down, then, flip ottoman right side up.
- All sides should be nice and flat.
We added a corded tassel to the edge of our ottoman. The embellishment helps hide the ridges of the four inch cushion. We also added knots to give it a detail to the sides. Pull tassel & cording tightly when securing to your ottoman.