How to Do Corners When Upholstering a Cushion

Updated November 21, 2016

To revive the aesthetic appeal of your home living space on a budget, you might need to try a hands-on approach. Upholstering furniture cushions can seem like a difficult task, but it is actually pretty easy to accomplish with a little patience and persistence. Re-upholstering the corners of your cushion is often one of the most daunting aspects of this project, but in actuality it can be covered much like the straighter edges of your cushion.

Pull your fabric as taut as you can around your cushion and use a staple gun to attach it to the frame of your furniture piece. It is crucial that you pull your fabric taut, especially for the corners. If your material is not pulled taut enough, your fabric will pucker or look lumpy when it is complete. If you are using a fabric print with a repeating design, not pulling taut enough on your material will cause your print to look misaligned.

Fold your fabric over itself around the corners, as if you were pleating an article of clothing in a sewing project. Keep your folds a consistent width, so it looks natural and professional. Avoid too much bunching by cutting off any excess material that will damage the look of your overall cushion upholstery project.

Try cutting short slits to force your fabric to fall correctly on the corner of your cushion. Depending on the fabric you choose for your upholstery project, too much material can make your cushion corners difficult to cover. You may need to use scissors to cut small vertical slits into your material approximately 1 inch apart to fold over your edge and have your fabric lay as flat as possible.

Finish your edges with piping or a band of welting. This will make the corners of your fabric look cleaner and more professionally-finished. Use a complementary or contrasting colour that will fit your design scheme. If you are comfortable sewing these accents on, try using upholstery tacks or even hot glue to attach them to your cushion.

Things You'll Need

  • Desired fabric
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Furniture cushion
  • Welting or piping (optional)
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