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How To Reupholster An ottoman In 5 Easy Steps!

Good Morning, can you believe it's already the last day of June!  Last week I shared the makeover I gave a pair of Queen Anne Armchairs. The large ottoman we built several years ago looked terrible paired with the chairs. Instead of replacing it, I gave our DIY Custom Upholstered Ottomans a fresh new look.

Upholstered Ottoman After Makeover

Mr. Frugalista and I built this DIY Ottoman a few years ago. This is what the upholstered looked like before the refresh...

DIY Upholstered Ottoman Before

As what oftentimes happens when redecorating, what used to work well in a room may no longer. That was the case with our ottoman. In our brown-on-brown living room, the red and gold stripes played well off the colors in the area rug and tan color of the sofas. With our new white and green casual living room makeover, the rug and the ottoman upholstery no longer worked.

When I saw the Mayer French Ticking fabric at Fabricland (Canadian retailer) I knew it would be perfect. The green stripes pair well with our refreshed Queen Anne Armchairs and the brown stripes tie the brown leather of our new sofa together. The bonus, I received a 50% discount with my membership.

DIY Ottoman reupholstered

Refreshing the look of the ottoman was super quick.  I'm a novice at upholstery and don't claim to be an expert by any stretch of the imagination so I may not have done this according to the rules of professional upholstery.  I think it looks pretty darn good and so for whatever it's worth, here is how I did it...


Five easy steps to reupholster an ottoman

Step 1- Pinning the corners on one side of the ottoman

  • Normally I would recommend you remove the old fabric first. Because my new fabric is heavy enough that the old fabric wouldn't show through, I upholstered right over it.
  • Place the fabric over the ottoman with the wrong side facing up.  Make sure the stripes are nice and straight and then pin each corner on one side of the ottoman ONLY.
Pinning corners of reupholstered ottoman

Step 2 Sewing the corners of the ottoman

Sewing the corners of reupholstered ottoman

  • Remove the fabric and sew a straight line where you pinned.
  • Place it back on the ottoman to ensure a good fit.
  • Adjust the seams accordingly if required.
  • Cut the excess fabric about an inch away from each seam.

Step 3 - Sewing the corners on the opposite side

  • Place the fabric back onto the ottoman and repeat Steps 1 and 2 for the opposite corner seams.
  • Turn the fabric right side out and place it over the ottoman to ensure a good fit.
  • Adjust your seams accordingly.
  • Once you're satisfied turn it inside out again and cut off the excess fabric about an inch from your seams.

Sewing the corners of reupholstered ottoman

Step 4 - Attach the fabric to the ottoman

Using a staple gun and pulling the fabric taut (not too tight where it distorts the stripes) staple it onto the wood frame, starting from the center and working outwards to each corner.

Attaching the fabric cover to the ottoman

Step 5 - Adding Double Welting 

  • Cut off the excess fabric.
  • Using a hot glue gun attach either Decorative Gimp Trim, Single or Double Welting to cover the staples.  You can see on mine I made double welting using the same fabric and clothesline cord that I did on the Queen Anne Armchair makeover

Double Welting added to upholstered ottoman

If I had a do-over I would stagger the stripes rather than trying to line them up - just adds a little more interest.

Double welting hot glued onto upholstered ottoman

That's it! I'm pleased with how it turned out.

Refreshed upholstered ottoman

Here is a closer look at the green and red ticking striped fabric.

Close up of ticking stripe fabric on reupholstered ottoman

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How to reupholstered an ottoman before and after

So what do you think - did I make the right choice? Do you have an ottoman that you would like to refresh? I'd love to hear about it!

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