Quick & Easy DIY Upholstered Ottoman

DIY Upholstered Stool

I was on the hunt to find a colorful stool or side table to match my decor and had no luck in finding what I had in mind. So instead, I set out to make my own.

I had two side tables that were just a plain black color and wanted to spruce them up, so I searched online for the fabric I was looking for. With a few extra supplies and less than an hour later, I came up with these.

Here is what you will need:

  • Side table, ottoman or stool
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Foam padding
  • Batting (optional extra layer(s) of cushioning)
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun

I started by removing the legs from the table. These simply screwed in, so it was pretty easy.

Next, I began cutting the foam padding to the exact size of the top of the table.

Then, the next optional layer is the batting. For this stool, I didn’t need any batting because the foam padding was thick enough. If you opt for the batting, you may cut the batting so that it layers on top of the foam padding and allow extra for it to wrap over the sides and then under the bottom.

The final (top) layer is your fabric. I used a Sunbrella upholstery fabric to prevent the color from fading and also to allow for easy spot cleaning. For this layer, I cut it just about the same size as the batting (enough to wrap over the sides and under the bottom).

Once all the layers are placed on top of your furniture piece, you will want to flip it upside down so now the fabric is face down. Wrap the layers around the sides and under the stool and then begin stapling. I found it easier to start with one side, then staple the opposite side and continue until all sides were stapled in.

I left enough room where the legs screwed in, so that I could screw them back in after stapling the fabric.

View of stapled fabric underneath

This was such a simple project & both side tables took me less than an hour to complete. This can be done using any furniture of your choice, including side tables, ottomans, stools and even chairs or bar stools. The options are endless!

Don’t forget to add your favorite plants, decor, accessories and voila! You have a super easy DIY custom piece of furniture 🙂

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