Tuesday, July 5, 2011

diy: rug upholstered ottoman

We hope you all had a fabulous 4th of July weekend! Welcome back to the grind! 

A couple months ago, we had mentioned that we were obsessing over rug upholstered ottomans. Well folks...we decided to make our own! That is right. AND! We have made a tutorial for you all to do exactly the same. Although intimidating at first, this project is a breeze. 
What you need:
A Rug (a dhurrie type rug works best)
Upholstery foam (we used 5 inch foam)
Upholstery batting
Particle board 
9' furniture legs (spray painted with black lacquer)
Staple gun
Step 1: Determine where you want the legs on the ottoman. Then drill 4 holes at an equal distance from the edge. These holes should obviously be the same size as the screws on the legs. 
Step 2: Use upholstery adhesive to secure the foam to the particle board.
Step 3: Place the foam on top of the particle board.
Step 4: Place the batting over the foam. Pay special attention to corners and edges, as this will give the ottoman a more rounded appearance, rather than a just straight square. 
Step 5: Lie the fabric on top of the ottoman and then flip it over. Tightly secure the rug on the edges by stapling. We have found the best way to do any kind of reupholstering is to keep it as tight as possible. Tight like a tiger folks. 
Step 6: After each side has been secured, cut the excess fabric away from the staples. 
Step 7: On to the corners. In order to not have such a bulky piece of fabric, you will need to trim the side fabric and staple it over on to the wood. It is almost like wrapping a present. To make it easier on you, staple the batting on to the wood as well, so it lays flat. 
Step 8: Fold the longer piece over and tuck any excess fabric. 
Step 9: Keep tucking to create a smooth and finished edge. 
Step 10: Screw in the legs. 
Another shot of the finished product in its home. We hope you love it as much as we do! 


  1. This is such a great project, I love it!

  2. Looks great ladies!! I'm filing this post away for a future DIY of my own :)

  3. I've had a project like this in my head for a while now but wasn't sure how difficult it might be to staple through a rug. Looks like you used a regular old staple gun and not an electric one, which is encouraging. I don't have an electric one. Also... where did you get the legs? and about how much did the whole project cost? Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. What's the strength of this? I'd be so worried about sitting on it or resting my feet but I would so want to!

    1. My husband had the same thought so we used a layer of plywood and glued and stapled it to the MDF. The MDF is definitely not strong enough on its on should someone sit on it.

  7. Wow - fantastic DIY with a rug!!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    M+D of Old New House
    Specializing in small rugs

  8. I have a Persian rug that I would like to do this with. It is a thicker material that the rug you used. Any ideas as to how to maneuver this fabric? I could take it somewhere...but I'm not sure who could hep me with such a project? I'd really like to DIY but I don't want to destroy this rug. I got a great deal on it but it was still expensive.

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