How to reupholster a pillow top ottoman? In just a few easy steps, you can undoubtedly reupholster a pillow top. Believe me; all the steps are easy to execute. And we will discuss these steps later on as you read along with the article.
Without a doubt, it is because of the luxurious beauty that sometimes it crosses into your mind to ask this question.
Yes, you wonder how it is made. This question in your mind shows that you become aware of your surroundings. That furniture is called an ottoman.
Anyway, before we continue, let’s define first what is ottoman.
What Is An Ottoman?
Ottoman is a low upholstered seat or a footstool, without a back or arms. Typically serves as a box, with the seat hinged to form a lid.
But the pillow top ottoman looks like it has a loose pillow on top.
Maybe you have an old one in your home that needs to be upholstered.
I am here to teach you how to make it.
Steps To Reupholster A Pillow Top Ottoman
Just continue reading, and step by step, we will guide you on making one of your own.
Step #1. Removing the old fabric
You cannot let go of your old furniture, and you are asking, how to reupholster a pillow top ottoman?
It can be challenging to upholster a pillow top.
Why so? It’s because it is fastened to its base. But old fabric can make your work easy than starting all over again.
Removing it in a single piece; serves as your pattern for your new fabric. It will make your work much easy and less expensive.
Step #2. Measuring the top
Now, it’s time for measuring the top side of your pillow. Do this process from the front to the back and multiply it into two (the same as the height).
If you have the measurements, add both of these numbers to have the fabric’s length. You will be using this for your pillow’s cover.
To get the pillow’s width, measure each side of the pillow, then add its height.
Step #3. Measuring the base
To measure your base’s length, start underneath the pillow up to the ground. The base’s length is taken if you add 4 inches to your total measurement.
To know the width, determine the measurement around the external part of the ottoman. Then, you have to add 2 inches to the total measurement.
These extra inches serve as an allowance in your folds or sewing lines on all the edges.
Step #4. Removing the old fabric
To remove the old fabric, you have to secure an opening to the pillow top’s seams.
Remember you need the old fabric as your pattern; make the most to salvage the old one.
So, work carefully with extra caution. In doing so, it can secure the old fabric. It will surely make your work as easy as ABC.
Step #5. Tracing your fabric
I suggest that you first wash and iron your fabric before cutting them to avoid shrinkage.
Lay the fabric down on a flat surface. Put the old one on top of the new one facing down too.
Here’s the next thing you should do:
The old fabric should be pinned to the new one to secure it, then slowly cut it out or trace it whenever you’re not confident enough to cut it directly.
Step #6. Sewing
Using the correct thread type and needle, you are now ready to sew.
You can use a 16/100 or 14/90 needle; it depends on your fabric’s thickness. Sewing takes time and patience, but the reward is so self-fulfilling.
Step #7. Assembling the pieces
You start to assemble the pieces starting from the base of the ottoman. Slide your fabric around the base.
Using the wrong side of the fabric, put a pin around it, you may use your twist pin to this project.
You can also add piping if you want; it can hide the foot of your ottoman and looks elegant for it to define the lines of your fabric.
To put piping, you pin the sewed cloth around your fabric’s printed side or right side. Then carefully pin it around the ottoman.
Step #8. Fitting them on
Now that you finished the sewing, it is time to fit them together.
Use a staple gun to ensure that the top pieces of your pillow top are secured. Then fit the base of upholstery over the ottoman.
Cover the pillow top by tucking underneath it. The bottom should be composed of four flaps, one from each corner. You may secure it by sewing from the underside.
Make sure before you tuck in the fabric, it fits right from the pillow. This process is a crucial part of your work. Well, the fitted cover is beautiful to see.
This re-upholstery technique can give you extra savings. You need not buy an expensive new ottoman.
All you need to do is choose the fabric you want for your new furniture. Follow those steps, and certainly, you will be proud of what you have done.
Now that you knew how to do it, you can reupholster your ottoman anytime you want.
Salvage more old pieces of furniture and turn them into brand-new ones. It is now your skill, and you can turn it into an extra income if you want to sell it or do business on it.
Have fun making your upholstery!