Timeless furniture pieces can last a lifetime with proper care but sometimes, spills happen or just good ol’ wear and tear to the fabric portions of seat cushions or ottomans. No need to throw the furniture away; just replace the fabric! Same thing would apply to finding a piece of furniture at a second-hand store; that junk could be your treasure.
In this example, I found a combination seat/storage bench but the fabric was all wrong for the tween/teen room it would be in.
Here are the materials I used:
1 1/2 yards of black velvet
3 1/3 yards of trims
staple gun & glue gun
1) Most all seat cushions and ottomans are constructed the same way. That s, that the fabric is wrapped around the front facing side and stapled to the back which is usually a wood base.
2) In this case, since my furniture piece was new and the fabric was in excellent condition, I didn’t remove the fabric. Instead, I laid the new fabric directly over it. Start at one end and begin stapling to the wood support board leaving the corners loose.
3) On the opposite side, repeat step 2 pulling the fabric taught and smooth before stapling.
4) At each corner, tuck one side under the other pulling the flap over as smoothly as possible before securing with a staple.
5) Once the fabric is securely fastened, you can begin gluing the trims with a glue gun at the position desired. In this example, I glued the trim to the bottom edge.
The finished project will look brand new again with your fresh fabric. This project took me about 1 1/2 hours to complete. Please feel free to leave comments or questions. I hope you can do this too!
Examples of other recovering projects: