Asked on Oct 11, 2014

Faux leather oversized ottoman top repair

i have a faux leather oversized ottoman that the top is torn, scratched & just simply falling apart. I put blankets on the top which obviously are tacky. I love this piece of furniture!! I'm in need of an easy diy ideas to salvage my ottoman. I love a modern/bohemian look any ideas are appreciated!!
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  • The Chirping Frog The Chirping Frog on Oct 12, 2014
    Why not simply reupholster it?.... should be able to stretch fabric of your choice over it (might need to sew two pieces together, use a shower curtain or tablecloth might work without sewing) and staple underneath? Is it round... might need to tuck and fold more or sew a little more.
  • Victoria Turner Victoria Turner on Feb 01, 2017

    i have this same issue, did you find a solution?

  • Joseph Glackin Joseph Glackin on Feb 01, 2017

    You might try an auto upholsterer and ask if they have any left over pieces for sale. I did that years ago after my dog chewed the top of the back seat. They had a 6' x 1' end of a roll (almost same shade) that they just gave me!

    Get it big enough to fold, then use a warm iron (in a towel) to soften and stretch it. If you don't have one, get a good staple gun.

  • LDodd LDodd on Feb 01, 2017

    Did you get your ottoman covered?

    If not:

    What size is your ottoman?

    The Wall Mart fabric department usually sells vinyl fabric by the yard -- usually about 3' - 4' wide. You might also find a truck seat cover or chair cover to stretch over it if you cannot find vinyl wide enough (such as at an auto upholstery repair shop as someone suggested).

    If the sides are upholstered, too, you may need to wrap vinyl around the sides first and then stretch vinyl over the top. Check the sides to see where you might be able to use upholstery tacks to affix the fabric.

    After you remove the old vinyl and can see the "bones" of the piece, it may be that you can create a separate, removable top (even reversible) top to your ottoman.

  • Elsie Elsie on Feb 02, 2017

    It is easier for me to reupholster it for you , than for me trying to tell you how to do it. But I will try:

    If there is WOOD on the under side of your ottoman, You can reupholster it. If it is METAL, forget about doing it.

    You will need a good Staple gun and staples for it but do not get staples that are long as it will be very hard to get them into the the wood is old and tough.

    Use the cover that you take off as a pattern, but cut it a little bigger (maybe about 1 1/2 inches bigger all around (you can cut the excess off later). When you take the wood off the ottoman, mark it so that you make sure you remember where exactly it was on the ottoman so that you line up the screw holes for putting the legs back on the ottoman again. Also make sure that you take all the OLD staples out of the wood.

    Then lay the new piece of fabric that you cut out is on the wood piece of the ottoman.

    FIRST make believe the fabric is the face of a clock.

    Staple with one staple, on the side where the 3 (o'clock ) would be... (at the very center of that side) but under the ottoman and onto the wood. Always staple only on the fabric on the wood. You may be able to see where the staples were staple where they were before. Make sure that you do not cover up the screw holes on the wood, with fabric.

    Then go to the left side of the fabric (at the 9 o'clock point) and staple it (the same as you did at 3 o'clock. Make sure to pull the fabric nice and tight. and do not cover the screw holes.

    Then do it at the 9 o'clock point ...

    then at the 6 o'clock point, making sure that you pull the fabric nice and tight before stapling it.

    Then at the 12 o'clock point .

    Then go to the corners...first pull the very point of the fabric nice and tight and staple . Do all 4 corners with one staple at the point pulled tight onto the wood.

    Then start at the 3 o'clock point and pull the fabric tight down and towards, but not to the corner point yet ..staple it.all along that side to almost the corner.

    Then with very little pleats pull the fabric tight starting at the point first...and staple each pleat on that that you stable all the fabric down on the side. Do this on each side and corner... all around til the cover is stapled down all over. Cut any excess fabric or lumps of fabric that is on the cut edge of the fabric. Put more staple on the fabric to hold it down nice and flat. Make sure that you do not cover the screw holes with fabric.

    Then put the legs on the ottoman top that you just made.

    I hope it looks GREAT for you. And CONGRATULATIONS.

    I hope that these instructions are clear enough for you.

    As i said... It is Easier for me to do it, than for me to explain how to do it. Good Luck. Let me know how you make out.


  • Deb K Deb K on Aug 09, 2023

    Hello, hope this helps you out.