How to upholster round corners

Updated February 21, 2017

Reupholstering can turn an old, worn-out piece of furniture into something nearly brand-new. With a little practice, almost anyone can remodel an entire room for very little money by purchasing items at garage sales or flea markets and making them over or even by replacing the fabrics on what they already own. Many people, however, are unduly intimidated by this project because of items that have rounded corners. But a crisp rounded corner is not nearly as difficult to complete as it may appear.

Secure the fabric along all of the straight edges to begin upholstering your item. Leave the corners undone so that the square corners of the fabric are sticking out all around.

Choose one corner at which to begin. Start at one end and make small pleats in the fabric, pressing and holding them down against the underside of the piece. Stop when you reach the centre of the corner and secure the pleated edge to the underside with a staple or upholstery nail.

Begin pleating again from the opposite side of the same corner, stopping when you reach the centre and securing the fabric as you did before. There is now a "lip" of fabric in the centre. Pull this piece down tightly and create pleats at either edge until the fabric is smooth wherever it will be visible; secure the fabric to the underside and finish the other three corners.

Things You'll Need

  • Staple gun
  • Upholstery staples
  • Upholstery nails
  • Hammer
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Jourdan Townsend has been writing since childhood. Her articles appear in a collection of student works at the University of Oklahoma as well as in the school's "Honors College Journal." Townsend also composes poetry, some of which can be found in an edition of the "Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans." Townsend holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication.