How to Recover an Ottoman

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How to Recover an Ottoman
You can re-cover an ottoman for a fresh look. (contemporary style ottoman image by James Phelps from

Re-covering an ottoman can give the piece a facelift and add instant style to a room. You can re-cover an ottoman at home, saving money compared to taking the piece to an upholstery store, where re-covering furniture can sometimes be expensive. You need just a few craft tools and materials to quickly finish the project. With some tips and know-how, you can easily re-cover your outdated ottoman.

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Things you need

  • Seam ripper
  • Pliers
  • Fabric
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Tear any seams of the fabric currently covering the ottoman with a seam ripper--a small device that rips open seams and can be found at most fabric supply stores. Seams are usually sewn around the top of the ottoman and along its four corners.

  2. 2

    Tear off the fabric where it connects at the ottoman's bottom panel. Use pliers to pry open any staples or nails that may hold the fabric in place. You should now be able to gently loosen the fabric from the ottoman and peel it away completely.

  3. 3

    Lay a piece of fabric over the top of the now-bare ottoman, so the centre of the fabric is directly above the centre of the ottoman's top surface.

  4. 4

    Wrap the edges of the fabric around the ottoman's bottom panel, as if you were wrapping a present. Attach the fabric with a staple gun and trim away any excess.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose a fabric in a colour or pattern that matches your home's decor.
  • Take care not to pierce your fingers when using the staple gun.

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