An ottoman is subjected to a lot of wear and tear, and often requires new upholstery. Reupholstering is relatively easy and takes less than a day to complete, you simply need sufficient wear-resistant fabric to recover the ottoman, along with new padding if necessary. Once it's in place, use a hammer or a tack gun to secure the fabric with tacks, then cut off any excess fabric with a pair of scissors.
- Select a fabric
Pick a fabric that coordinates with the decor of the room. Select a durable fabric that will withstand wear and tear, and that is designed for upholstery. Purchase enough fabric to lap over the edges of the ottoman by 3 inches in each direction.
- Purchase and apply the padding
Purchase a layer of padding to apply between the fabric and the ottoman. Choose a padding that allows for easy manipulation of the fabric over it. Place the padding over the ottoman, pulling it taut. Glue or tack the padding down, trimming and disposing of any excess.
- Apply the fabric
Center the fabric on the ottoman. Temporarily tack the fabric to the ottoman at the corners, pulling the fabric taut. Flip the ottoman over, positioning the fabric flat on the floor. Tack the fabric on the bottom sides of the ottoman. Fold in the fabric at the corners, using crisp, straight folds. Add additional tacks to the ottoman to ensure a secure fit.