Welcome to our new living room, complete with newly recovered ottoman and midcentury sofa! Actually, we call it the “rumpus room,” the place where we watch television, spin records and generally hang out. When we first saw the house, we fell in love with the original mahogany paneling and general midcentury modern vibe in the space. Those pinch-pleat curtains? Original. That shag rug? New, but fitting with the original look (or so we think). We knew we wanted a Danish-style sofa with wooden legs and an open frame for this room, and after a little searching, found this jazzy thing at a local vintage shop. Check it out.
While we loved the shape, we weren’t too keen on the floral vibe and itchy feel. Reupholstering was necessary. But then the question was: to DIY or hire out? For the sofa, I decided that I’d leave the cushion recovering to a professional. We chose a bright turquoise outdoor fabric that could withstand wear and tear for a few years. The cushions turned out great and were well worth the professional expense (about $150 for labor, which I thought was a deal).
But I also had the ottoman you see above in an old, worn corduroy fabric, and I thought that DIY reupholstering the ottoman might not be too hard. (Apologies for not having a before shot of the ottoman. I was so ready to recover it that I ripped the fabric right off before taking a shot!) After asking around the office, several folks to me to call Danielle Benson to get an ottoman upholstery lesson. It was so much fun, I learned a ton from Danielle (who we’ve since deemed a Made + Remade Creative Genius), and I was surprised at how easy the recovering process was for the ottoman.
Follow along below to see how you, too, can reupholster an ottoman using basic upholstery skills and tools. And if you need help choosing fabric for your piece, read Danielle’s advice and tips for fabric shopping.