DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
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DIY Ottoman Refresh Project

DIY Ottoman Refresh Project


Our ottoman. It is a beloved piece of furniture that has provided comfort to us for over 10 years…and is beginning to fall apart. One of my New Years’ goals is to take a more hands-on approach to doing things, so I pulled my socks up and decided to give our ottoman a well-deserved makeover with my DIY Ottoman Refresh Project.


DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
DIY Ottoman Refresh Project


Skill Level – Easy

I thought it would be more difficult to put together, but I found it was simple to do from start to finish.

Duration – 1 Hour

Like I said above, this project is really easy to do form start to finish. Taking photos made this job take longer.

Expense – Moderate

It depends on the tools/materials you currently have at home. Keep an eye out for sales for the staple gun and material.  I bought 3 2/3 yards of canvas with a funky print for $30. This is WAY more than I needed and I will be using it for other projects. The staple gun can also cost between $20-$40. I bought the batting blanket and fill at dollar-themed store, but they can also be found at craft stores.

This is the poor state I let this piece of furniture get into.


DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
Damaged ottoman in front of a chair.


DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
Rips and stuffing of damaged ottoman top.


I know! I feel awful! Life got the better of me, then I procrastinated on this task, but I could not take having to cover it up all the time. I love Christmas, but it can only be decorated like this for so long. Others at home did not mind the festive ottoman coverings.


DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
Cat laying on covered ottoman in front of a chair.


What’s needed to get this DIY refresh project?

After creating a plan of action, I gathered together the materials I needed to get the job done.

  • Material (preferably one that is sturdy)
  • Staple gun and staples (one that can be used on upholstery)
  • Utility or material Scissors
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Batting blanket
  • Tape measure
  • Meter stick
  • Marker
  • Tarp or blanket (to keep the material for the ottoman clean) – optional


DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
Material to cover ottoman top on a table.


DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
Materials needed for ottoman refresh project.
Measure twice…

Having the correct measurements were key to its success. Spread out your tarp or blanket and roll out/unfold your material. Find the dimensions needed from the top of the ottoman to cut from my material.


DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
Hands using a tape measure to measure the ottoman top on a table.


Don’t forget about the lip of the ottoman! Add about 5 centimetres (or 2 inches) to compensate for the filling and blanket to be added to the ottoman.

Apply these measurements to the material and marked it off so you know how much to cut.


DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
Hands using a tape measure to mark material for ottoman refresh project.


Use the measurements for the top of your ottoman for the batting blanket to cut and /or fold the amount you need and set aside.

Cut once

Cut out the material I needed and set the remainder of it away.


DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
Hands cutting pre-marked material with scissors.


Filling in the cracks

Use the fiberfill stuffing to fill in the holes my loved ones created. I made sure to make it flat so it would look not look lumpy when everything else is put on top of it.


DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
Hands using stuffing to fill holes into damaged areas of ottoman top.


Spread out the material on the surface you are using for the top of the ottoman. Place your pre-measured batting blanket on your workspace where you like it placed underneath the top of the ottoman. Bring your ottoman lid onto your workspace and line it up so it fits your ottoman.

It’s stapling time!

Fill your staple gun with staples. Go to one of the shorter ends of your ottoman lid and fold the material over the underside of the lid.


DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
Material folded over ottoman top on a table.


Place a staple in the middle of lip of the lid with your staple gun. Work your way to the edge with evenly spaced staples.


DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
Hands using a staple gun to secure material to ottoman top.


When you reach the edges, smooth out the material along the side of the ottoman. Fold and tuck the material tightly so the flap creates triangles.


DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
Material folded and stapled on ottoman top.


Bring the flap of one of the longer sides of the ottoman lid up and pull it tightly to keep your folds together and secure it with a staple.


DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
Hands holding staple gun to put staples into ottoman lid.


Do the same to the other side along this end of the ottoman lid.

Pull the material taut along one of the longer sides of the ottoman lid and secure it with staples. Go to the other longer length of the ottoman lid and repeat this step.


DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
Staples attaching material into ottoman top.


Move to the other shorter edge of the ottoman lid and repeat the stapling steps for the shorter edge detailed above.


Trim any access material on the ottoman lid to allow for the lid to sit well when placed back on the base of the ottoman.


There you have it! My ottoman lid has a new lease on life.


DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
Completed refreshed ottoman top on a table.


I no longer have to worry about the VPs or our furry family member pulling stuffing out of the ottoman lid. It also blends in well with the colour scheme of our living room.

DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
Refreshed ottoman top in front of a couch in a living room.



DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
Close up of refreshed ottoman top in front of a couch.


I loved pulling off a project like this. It further reinforced the fact that these hands are capable of doing what I put my mind to. I now have more confidence to try new projects around my home. Refreshing this piece also saved me a bit of green from having to buy a new ottoman. I now have a new found love for one of my favourite pieces of furniture.


DIY Ottoman Refresh Project
Woman sitting on a couch with feet up on the refreshed ottoman top.


Do you have a piece of furniture around your home that needs some love? What would you do to breathe new life into it?

Until my next post, Readers!


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  1. awesome job. You deserve to put your feet up. It is so fun making old things new again. I want to redo some wood furniture we have.

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Thanks so much, Tammy! It was so much fun and simple to do. The projects you have pulled off with wood have been awesome. I hope your wood furniture projects work out well, too!

  2. SO CREATIVE! I probably would have tossed the thing and said, TIME FOR A NEW ONE -hahahaha!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Thanks, GiGi Eats! I could not bear to part with my ottoman. It has made many moves and has been a part of our lives for so long. It deserves to be made over. I’m so happy you liked my project!

  3. I love how this turned out! Your step-by-step pictures takes the guesswork out of doing this ourselves. GREAT JOB!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Thanks, Vera! I wanted to show that projects like this may seem daunting, but actually turn out to be quick and easy.

  4. This is such a great idea! My youngest loves to pick at our furniture and we need to reupholster a couple of chairs. This may work!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Thanks, Heather! This is what all four of my kids did (3 kids + our cat). I could not get rid of the ottoman when it still functioned well. I hope your refresh on your chairs works well, too!

  5. I need to try this with an ottoman that my dog has decided to dig into for the past year. It could use a nice refresh like this one, great job! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Heather says:

    Looks like a nice change! What a good idea to just make it work in another way!

  7. Fantastic improvement and so great you didn’t have to throw the old one out. Such a great DIY project.

  8. Christine Holliday says:

    That is brilliant….I have one of those in my basement…hehe…I think it was a vacuum box. I’m going to try this!

    1. reesespeaks says:

      Hahaha! Thanks, Christine! It was so easy to put together. I hope your project works out well, too.

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