How to Recover an Ottoman


Our ottoman before

Does this little black ottomans look familiar to you? Small ottomans like this have been mass-produced by big box stores and are common features of many living rooms. If you have a little worn-out ottoman like this, we’re going to show you how you can reupholster it to give it new life and a more unique look.

A small project like this is a great place to start if you’re interested in learning more about re-upholstery. This project isn’t complicated and really was almost more of a slipcover than upholstery. To recover this ottoman we sewed together a cover that would fit snugly around the foam and then stapled it securely to the ottoman’s base. Then we added a custom button to the top to re-create the tuft on the original ottoman.


Ottoman after

For upholstery projects you’ll want to use a sturdy fabric that can withstand being pulled taut. Pieces that will see a lot of daily use should be upholstered with a fabric that has a high double rub count for the best longevity. You can find the double rubs rating listed on almost every fabric at Sailrite in the ‘features’ on the product page. Since our ottoman was relatively small, we chose a fabric with a small-scale design to better fit the piece.

In this video, you’ll learn how to measure and pattern your new fabric, disassemble the ottoman, sew the cover, install the button and put it all back together.

Materials List:

You can find all the materials you need for this and other upholstery projects at

We have a lot of other great re-upholstery tutorials in the works, so be on the lookout for those throughout the summer. Be sure to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss a post!

Are you interested in furniture re-upholstery? What kinds of projects would you like to see? Share your ideas with us in the comments!

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