How to cover an ottoman with fabric without sewing?


Want to give your ottoman a fresh and a new look?

Follow these steps to make the process of changing the outer fabric easier and simpler. You don't necessarily need a sewing machine!

What you will need

  • Upholstery material / fabric
Mybecca 100% Cotton Muslin Fabric/Textile Unbleached, Draping Fabric Wide: 63 inch Natural...
  • 100% cotton
  • Muslin fabrics are a staple for fashion designers and quilters Use them for backing, backdrops, Embroidery, fittings, Draping and...
  • This fabric has a smooth finish, with a soft touch. It also has a natural light drape and stiffness, thanks to its cotton content....

If you plan on changing the outer cover and fabric, you obviously need to buy new upholstery fabric.

  • Leather or supporting fabric
NAT Leathers | Cognac Rustic Brown Two Tone Lodiz Soft Faux Vegan Leather PU (Peta...
  • Medium Brown/ Tan synthetic leather, thickness 0.9 mm, 1 yard (36 inches x 52 inches)
  • very soft pliable. package will come folded, normally fold marks will become less over time
  • Listing is for One yard cut, if you need one continuous piece for bigger projects, please look at listing id B079795VTS (where you...

Unless you want the ottoman to look unfinished at the bottom, you need leather or other fabric to cover the underlining.

  • Ottoman padding

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This will be placed over the upholstery foam.

  • Upholstery foam
FoamTouch Upholstery Foam 2" x 24" x 72" High Density Cushion, white
  • Polyurethane foam. compress by 1 inch
  • Upholstery foam cushion high density standard (seat replacement , upholstery sheet , foam padding)
  • Good for mattresses, bedding support, and all other home and commercial upholstery applications, Has a compression rate of 44 lbs...

You can reuse the old foam from the ottoman if it's in a good condition, otherwise, you should buy a new one and cut the foam to fit the main wooden board.

  • CS Osborne combination tool

This will make it easier to remove any nails, tacks, and staples that your ottoman will already have.

  • Scissors
  • Screwdriver
  • Knife

To cut the foam or materials that scissors can't cut well.

  • Stapler

You will need a stapler or a stapler gun to attach the fabric cover without the need to sew.

  • Glue
Gorilla Heavy Duty Spray Adhesive, Multipurpose and Repositionable, 14 Ounce, Clear, (Pack...
  • Heavy duty - dries permanent
  • Repositionable, non-yellowing, Photo safe
  • Comfort nozzle - wide pad, controlled fine mist - even application

A glue that is suited for material and fabric is preferred.

The steps

Remove the wooden legs

You need to remove / unscrew the legs and remove the underlining cover piece of the ottoman.

Remove the fabric, foam, nails, and staples

Use your CS Osborne combination tool to remove the nails, staples, and tacks.

Once done take out the foam, fabric, and other pieces attached to the ottoman.

Glue the foam and cover with padding

If your old ottoman foam is in good condition, you can decide to reuse it. If it's not in good condition, hold the ottoman frame over your newly bought foam piece and draw an outline.

After drawing an outline, cut out the foam piece with a knife.

Then glue the foam on the ottoman board and let it dry.

Once it's dry, cover it with padding and staple it in place. If you prefer, you cleanly cut the padding and glue them along the edges. After you cover the foam with padding, let it dry and make sure it looks clean and neat without any folds.

Staple the fabric in place

Cover your ottoman with your fabric / material of choice and staple the fabric along the bottom edges.

Make sure there are no wrinkles and all the sides are equally tout and firm without any folds.

Once done, cut out any excess material from the bottom underlining.

Cover the underlining and glue with leather

Use your leather material or other piece of fabric to cover the underlining of the furniture.

Staple the underlining fabric along the edges cleanly and cut any excess fabric with your scissors. Make sure it covers the ottoman firmly and is taught. You don't want it to sag.

Reattach the legs

Lastly reattach the legs to the main ottoman frame, and check for anything that you might have missed.

And there you have it!


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