Asked on Sep 10, 2019

How can I restuff a sagging ottoman?

How can I plump up a saggy ottoman that has no openings

  5 answers
  • Michelle James Michelle James on Sep 11, 2019

    Hi! Can you include a photo so we can see what you mean? I think it would be helpful. You may have to create an opening that can be sealed/stitched back up that won't be seen or can be somewhat hidden. Is there somewhere to do that? Also, is there a piece of foam or is it actual stuffing?

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Sep 11, 2019

    If there are no zippers or you can't get to that stuffing, you might have to re-upholster. If you remove all the fabric you can add to the stuffing easily and then recover.

    If you have to add to the stuffing, go out and buy yourself a CHEAP memory foam bed topper. You can find them at discount stores like Ross, TJ MAXX, Marshalls and they aren't that expensive. If you just want to add to the cushion then that is what I would do and cut it up according to size.. I had to do that for a project that I re-upholstered recently that you can see here:

    Check out how I added bed foam topper to the already existing cushion in that post.

    Also, if you don't know where to start when it comes to re-upholstering, check out the first part of my 'HOW TO RE-UPHOLSTER" series:

    • This post shows how to remove the fabric for an upholstery project
    • how to label and use each piece as a pattern.

    There will be links to other "how to upholster' posts where I show you tricks to staple it all back together. Good luck! sounds like a great project!

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Sep 12, 2019

    Hello—What does the bottom of the Ottoman look like does it have one of those thin black semi transparent dust covers? Sometimes this dust covers can be removed ( and later restapled back on )and you can address the situation above it. That’s what we did with our Natuzzi sofa, to take care of the sag there.

    In our situation though sofa sag condition was addressed.

    We’ve rehabilitated our Natuzzi by flipping the couch over on its side removing the bottom thin black fabric (the dust cover) and addressing the interior structure. We ended up putting a piece of wood to support the inside the frame to help correct the seat from sagging, or if needed extra foam filling could be applied if needed.

  • Hi, Vivian!

    Depending on the style of the ottoman, you may be able to add a piece of plywood to support the cushion from the bottom... I hope this helps!

  • Maria Maria on Jun 11, 2020

    Here is my sunken ottoman with no opening. However I can see that I can carefully unstitch and restitch. I don’t want to use beanbag filler as the same will occur. I need a cheap option to refill with something that is hard and durable and won’t loose its shape or sag.