How to Reupholster a Lidded Box

An upholstered box with a lid is a decorative item that can also be functional. You can use one to store photos, organise craft supplies or just serve the purpose of being pretty. However you use such a box, the fabric can become worn or just plain outdated. Revive your box by recovering it in a fabric of your choice. It's easy to do and will add new life to a tired item.

Buy fabric that is large enough to cover the surface of the box. Be sure there is enough drop-off to fit around the corners of the box.

Place the box on top of the fabric, right-side of the fabric facing away from the box. Start with one side and pull the fabric tight against the box. Fold the fabric under to create a hem for a more finished look. Use a staple gun if you have a sturdy box that will support staples. Glue the fabric onto the box with a glue gun if the box is too thin for staples.

Wrap the opposite side next, using the same process. Fold the corners of the next side so it looks like a wrapped package and secure the fabric to the box. Finish the fourth side, making sure that the pattern of the fabric is even and not warped.

Add a decorative trim such as ribbon or a strand of lace to give your edges a finished look and to incorporate another decorative element.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Staples or fabric glue
  • Scissors
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Jennifer Gibbons is a freelance writer in Florida. She has been writing professionally since 2001 and her work has appeared in magazines such as "Senior Living" and "Mature Lifestyles." She is working on a Bachelor of Arts at State College of Florida with a major in mass communications. Gibbons is also a professional photographer and an accomplished portrait artist.