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How to Reupholster an Ottoman in 3 Simple Ways

In this article, I will tell you about different methods to reupholster your ottoman i.e., reupholstering by DIY Methods, small machines or by professionals. Read more

How to Reupholster an Ottoman in 3 Simple Ways

Do you want to get your ottoman reupholstered without making much effort and in a cost-effective way?

Are you concerned about your worn-out ottoman and you want to get it reupholstered?

You don’t need to worry at all because I got you covered!

When talking about the reupholstering of your ottoman, you should take certain factors into consideration i.e., what type of materials you will need how much of them you need, and what’s your budget and preferences.

After getting your mind straight on these things, you can get your ottoman reupholstered in no time.

Due to excessive usage of your ottoman, it gets rough and its quality reduces due to overuse, so if you want to get it fresh as new, you should get your ottoman reupholstered as soon as possible.

Getting your ottoman reupholstered will restore its shiny look and also its quality.

If you’re well aware of the various reupholstering methods and the materials that you need, you can get your ottoman reupholstered in no time.

Choosing the most suitable method for your ottoman, will not only save you money because of it being budget-friendly, it will also increase the life of your ottoman. Your time and resources would be saved as well.

In this guide, I will explain all the important things related to the reupholstering methods. So stay tuned!

Before I dive into the details related to each method, here is a brief explanation of each method. This won’t take even a bit of your time to read.

You can get an overall idea of all the methods by reading this small and brief explanation.

1. DIY Reupholstering: Talking about DIY reupholstering, you would require various materials like a screwdriver, a needle and heavy-duty thread, pliers, new fabric, padding, etc.

  • The first step is to remove the ottoman’s existing upholstery material.
  • Then check the padding, and replace it if needed.
  • Thoroughly clean the ottoman’s frame before working.
  • Cut the new reupholstering fabric and apply it.
  • Use either trims or tacks to completely secure the fabric.
  • Make use of adhesives to firmly apply it.
  • Put back the ottoman together.
  • Add some final touches to it if needed.
  • When choosing the machines, always pick the lighter tools.
  • Get rid of the old upholstery material.
  • Replace the padding with the new one when needed.
  • Thoroughly clean the frame and get rid of any type of dirt or stains.
  • Use a portable stitching machine to stitch the fabric properly.
  • When you have problems with tight spaces, use small staplers to staple the fabric.
  • If the stapler doesn’t work, use different types of suitable adhesives.
  • After applying the fabric, trim it down and add the final touches.

3. Reupholstering by Professionals: You don’t need any equipment to get your ottoman reupholstered by professionals.

  • Look for various reupholstering shops for your ottoman.
  • Ask for recommendations from your family and friends.
  • Consult with different people for the shop selection and also for the material selection.
  • Make an agreement with the shop in terms of payment and delivery time.
  • You can either drop off your ottoman at their shop or invite them over to your house to get it reupholstered.
  • Keep yourself fully updated in terms of the entire re-upholstering process.
  • After it is reupholstered, inspect the ottoman overall to ensure accurate results.

I have briefly explained to you all the three methods that I’m going to cover in this article, now I’ll start explaining to you the complete details for each individual method.

Preparing for Ottoman Reupholstering

The preparatory phase is crucial before starting the actual reupholstering procedure. Before you start reupholstering your ottoman, there are a few important things to think about and keep in mind, like what supplies you will need and the methods that you’re going to use.

It saves you a great deal of time and effort if you get your materials ready before starting the process itself.

You would need materials like small machines that include a portable sewing machine or a stapler, besides these, you might need pliers, adhesives, glue sprays, etc.

In order to make sure that the reupholstering process is efficient and effective, you must have all the required materials on hand and ready to use.

Once all the items are gathered, you need to figure out the kind of ottoman you have i.e., either standard, storage or round, etc.

You can get expert support and guidance if you want to make sure that the results of your ottoman reupholstering are well accurate. This will help you in preventing any kind of errors.

Whatever method you have chosen for the reupholstering; you must ensure that it is the most suitable one for your ottoman.

Choose the method keeping in mind how much you can spend as well as the materials that you have selected for the reupholstering.

You should stick to the basic reupholstering guidelines in order to prevent any kind of damage to the ottoman.

Depending on what’s easier and more affordable for you, you can choose from three different methods for the reupholstering procedure i.e., professionals, small machines, and DIY reupholstering.

Method One: DIY Reupholstering of Ottoman

how to reupholster a ottoman DIY method

Materials Needed:

  1. Reupholstering fabric
  2. Foam Padding
  3. Screwdriver for assembling and opening
  4. Needle and Heavy-duty Thread for stitching
  5. Adhesives for installation of the fabric
  6. Tacks for decorations
  7. Pliers for opening the frame
  8. Flathead Screwdriver for assembling.


Get rid of the existing upholstery material:

For removing the upholstery material, you can either use a screwdriver or you can use different trim removal tools for carefully separating the fabric from the ottoman’s surface and removing it from the frame. Completely get rid of the existing material before you reupholster the ottoman.

Check the padding and deal with it:

After the upholstery material has been removed, check the condition of the ottoman’s padding. If you think it’s rough and really worn out due to excessive usage, then get the padding replaced as well so that complete comfort is provided to you.
If the padding is in good condition, then keep it as it is.

Cleaning the ottoman’s frame:

You need to make sure that the ottoman’s frame is neat and clean before you start with the reupholstering process. Take a clean microfiber cloth and wipe down excessive dust and debris from the ottoman’s frame.
Thoroughly clean the entire surface, you can use various different cleaning methods as well to make sure that the frame is clean.

Reupholstering with the new fabric:

Take the reupholstering fabric and cut it according to the size of your ottoman. Cut an extra few inches of fabric so it can be easily and accurately wrapped around the ottoman’s surface. For attaching the fabric, use a heavy-duty thread with a strong needle.
Stitch the entire fabric onto the frame. Make sure that the ottoman is fully covered with the fabric.

Using tacks and trims:

In order to add that extra durability and gloss to your ottoman, I would suggest you secure it with different types of decorative tacks or trim alongside the edges. This step won’t not only add that aesthetics to your ottoman but they would also hold the fabric in place with the frame.

Applying glues/adhesives:

For the surfaces where the fabric is not held properly, you can use suitable fabric glue or various types of adhesives to provide sufficient hold for the fabric. You should make sure that the fabric is firmly attached to the surface and is not falling apart from anywhere.

Put back the ottoman:

After the complete installation of the fabric with the ottoman’s surface, look for any detached parts from the ottoman’s frame and reattach them accurately. The detached parts might include different materials such as its legs etc.
Either use screws or fasteners of the exact size and reattach the parts and restore the stability of the ottoman.

Finishing touches:

Method Two: Reupholstering an Ottoman using Small Tools

reupholstering an ottoman using small tools

Materials Needed:

  1. Compact Sewing Kit including thread, pins, etc.
  2. Reupholstering Fabric
  3. Microfiber cloth for lining
  4. Precision Staple Gun
  5. Fine-tipped pliers
  6. Upholstery scissors


Select lightweight tools:

Whenever you’re working with small machines for any type of reupholstering process, always remember to select lightweight tools for the process. This is because lightweight tools are pretty easy to handle and carry from place to place. They ensure smoothness and efficiency in the reupholstering process because they are easy to maneuver.

Removing the fabric and padding:

Before we start working with the actual reupholstering process, remember to remove the existing fabric from the frame either using upholstery scissors or small trim removal tools. After getting rid of it, check and replace the padding of the ottoman as well if required at any place.

Smooth and efficient stitching using a sewing machine:

For stitching the fabric firmly and accurately with the ottoman’s surface, you should use a portable sewing machine. This tool will help secure the attachment of the fabric to the ottoman’s frame.
Make sure that the entire fabric is attached properly to the surface of your ottoman. Use the portable sewing machine properly for this step.

Use the precision stapler for stapling:

To secure the fabric fully with the ottoman’s frame, you should use the precision stapler for fastening staples into the surface along with the fabric. You can fire staples in the narrow and difficult-to-access areas using the stapler. You should ensure that the fabric is firmly secured with the surface because of the tight and even placement of staples.

Using adhesive tapes:

Because of the usage of adhesives and glue, the area becomes wet and quite messy to work with, so as an alternative you can use adhesive tapes to apply the fabric firmly to the surface of your ottoman. This will provide sufficient holding power to hold the fabric in place with the surface of your ottoman.

Final Trimming and adjustments:

Use the upholstery scissors to cut the excessive fabric from the ottoman’s frame and cut down any excessive components to give that professional and tailored finish to the ottoman overall.

Method Three: Taking to the professionals for reupholstering

reupholstering ottoman by professional service

Last up on the list is the method of reupholstering by professionals. The various stages for this method are mentioned below:


Research trusted shops:

When finding the most suitable shop for the re-upholstering process, you can either look around yourself to find various or different reupholstering shops.
Keep in mind the different types of services provided by that particular shop that will help you in making your ottoman look fresh and new and it will stand out even more.

Get suggestions:

Take multiple suggestions from your friends family or even your colleagues in choosing the shop for reupholstering. You can ask people who have experience in getting their ottoman reupholstered a couple of times or even more. Their suggestions will give you quality suggestions based on their experience. Take all the suggestions into consideration and make a well-thought decision in choosing the reupholstering shop according to your needs and preferences.

Make a visit:

When you choose a single shop or multiple shops, next you’ll have to visit them. Visit the shops and talk with the professionals regarding your type of design, preference, and also the type of fabric that will be used in the reupholstering process.

Gather complete and secured information:

Remember to gather complete information while talking with the professionals. Question them regarding the cost associated with the entire process and the materials that will be used. Ask them about all the specific things related to reupholstering.
Also, ask them about the cost of any future demands related to the design and the reupholstering process. After completing all the basics, select the shop for the actual reupholstering process of your ottoman.

Book an appointment:

As the shop has been selected for reupholstering, next up is the step to consult with the professionals and select an appropriate time according to your daily schedule. Ask them the exact time and when they will be available for service.
Confirm the appointment and ask them if you would need to perform any additional activities besides the reupholstering process.

Drop off your ottoman/ Invite the professionals over:

You can either drop off your ottoman at the reupholstering shop or invite them over to your house to get your ottoman reupholstered. You can make the choice with which you’re the most comfortable. Drop off the ottoman at the prescribed appointment time or wait for the professionals to come to your house to reupholster your ottoman at the decided time.

Keeping yourself fully updated:

Make sure that you’re fully aware of the reupholstering process and the current updates as well. In some cases, the actual process might be delayed or it might take more time than expected, so you need to keep yourself fully updated on what’s currently going on. Frequently ask the professionals to give you the latest updates.

Make the final check on the work:

After the re-upholstering process is complete and you get the news from the professionals regarding the completion, you can make the final check on your ottoman. Look for any type of flaws or any type of damage caused to the ottoman during the process and let the professionals know if any.

Observe the ottoman until you’re fully satisfied with the results.


In conclusion, I have fully explained all the methods i.e., DIY reupholstering, small machines reupholstering, and professional reupholstering.

All the explained information is accurate and on-point so you don’t face any difficulties or you don’t get confused.

Here’s a quick and small overview of all the methods:

  1. DIY Reupholstering: Get rid of the current reupholstering and padding of the ottoman and get it replaced, apply the new reupholstering material with heavy-duty thread and needle, secure it with tacks and trims, reassemble the ottoman and add those final touches to make it look fresh and clean.
  2. Reupholstering with Small Tools: Remove the fabric, replace the padding if needed clean the frame before working, install the fabric with a sewing machine, use adhesive tape when needed, use a precision stapler for tight areas, put back the ottoman and trim down any excessive fabric and add those finishing touches.
  3. Reupholstering by Professionals: Find trustworthy reupholstering shops, take suggestions from experienced people, visit the shop, and consult different experts to decide on the design, and materials needed for booking an appointment, either take the ottoman to the store or invite the professionals over to your house for the reupholstering process, ask the professionals for frequent updates and make a final check on the ottoman once it’s done.

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Aleksy Kazmer

Aleksy is a full-time blogger born and raised in Warsaw. After earning a degree in MS English from Oxford University, he began utilizing his skills as a content writer to express what he’s most passionate about. Whether it's home improvement, decor, furniture, cleaning products, or DIY projects. Aleksy has a natural curiosity to pursue hidden tips and share them with readers.