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Date: 6/7/11 2:37 PM

I have an ottoman similar to this style that I want to recover. I've never done this before & need some direction. I don't know what to do about the attached cushion. Do I just sew a box & slid it over the ottoman, ignoring the indention where the cushion is attached? I don't see how to get fabric into that edge. Then, would I make a skirt & attached it over the edge of the "box"?

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Date: 6/7/11 11:29 PM

If you are wanting to recover the ottoman and not make a slip cover...look around the edge of the fabric of the upper cushion for a zipper so that the foam can be removed. If the foam cushion can come out then look inside the fabric cover for how it's attached to the rest of the ottoman...it's probably stapled. If no zipper or it's not stapled on...try a little tug on the cushion...maybe it's attached with velcro.

ETA: Try this web-address for a tutorial:
http://www.ehow.com/how_8346183_reupholster-rectangular-ottoman-footstool.html

Sorry I can't seem to link on my computer

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Date: 6/8/11 8:00 AM

I recently purchased an ottoman from an antique store, that is similar in design to yours; it has the pillow on the top with the indentation as well. The owner of the store was smart in that she made a slipcover to fit over the ugly 1970's Ricky Bobby orange. She took a tapestry pillow sham, cut it into four pieces and overlapped the corners; the cover hangs over the indentation. The sham has gold cording and some beautiful designs. I love that ottoman!
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Date: 6/8/11 9:14 AM

I could recover or make a slipcover either one. But the foam cushion on top does not have a zipper & cannot be removed.

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Date: 6/8/11 9:15 AM

That sounds like what I thought would be the easiest way to make the cover. Could you post a pic of yours?

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Date: 11/18/11 9:19 AM

I'm getting ready to recover a pillow top ottoman with a pillow top and want a pillow top again as well. I'll take pictures along the way and let you see how I did it. I've been watching some youtube videos to try to see if there are any tricks I wouldn't know about, and so far, there hasn't been.

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Date: 11/18/11 9:41 AM


BJ. Ottomans aren't hard. But you need to decide whether you want to slipcover.. or reupholster. I would decide that on whether the current cover is clean and does not smell.
Also with a slipcover you can wash them easily and change out seasonally..but of course if you reupholster it you could also make slips to cover your upholstery job.

Now I see two ways here.. either you can keep the current style.. or just do a drop down style dropping the skirt down straight from the top.. let me know what you want to do.. and I can help you more..

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Date: 11/18/11 1:36 PM

Pig, can you help me? I just took the legs off my ottoman and started to remove the staples. They aren't coming off. Even my husband couldn't pull them out. They are breaking instead of pulling out. Even the legs of the staples are just snapping into tiny little pieces instead of coming out of the wood. What now?

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Date: 11/18/11 1:51 PM


Sherrill. so sorry I did not see this question and sent you that info in a pvt msg.. Can you copy and paste it for the rest of the members.. thx..

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Date: 11/18/11 1:59 PM

Just a tip here.. for those in need.. I always get put out at whoever stapled /tacked the frames in the previous recovering or the original recovering of the frame.. I think they were also staple happy.. lol
Way more staples and tacks than are really needed IMHO.. Makes it hard to get them all out later on ..

And in the case where the chair or ottoman have been recovered many times.. it can put so many holes in the wood that is is hard for you to find room to place your own tacks or staples securely..

The lumber yards sell a very very thin piece of wood in their trim departments.. normally made from pine.. The SKU for the one at home depot is 95624 10720.. its referred to as screening.. its used commonly on screen doors to cover the edges of the screen mesh..
You can place a piece of this on top of where you need to on a straight surface of your frames wood.. I would tack it down rather than glue it.. but you could use wood glue .. it will bend a bit also. Then you will have a good new start for a place to put your staples or tacks in.. Hope that makes sense..

You should also be able to find tack strip.. cardboard strip that is sold by Hancocks I know.. on line even.. in case you don't have one in your area.. Pretty sure you can buy it at Joanns .. just can't remember for certain. You could also try upholstery shops for supplies by they are much much more expensive than the lumberyards and fabric stores..
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