How to Cover a Round Ottoman

Sometimes furniture gets stained right before company is due to arrive and you may not have time to clean the stain, but you still need to use the furniture right away.

A basic round ottoman provides the perfect canvas for a quick cover change.A basic round ottoman provides the perfect canvas for a quick cover change.
One way to cover up that stain is to quickly re-upholster the ottoman. With some fabric, some ribbon and a staple gun, you can transform your stained -- or simply outdated -- ottoman into a clean, cute ottoman in a matter of minutes.

Place a large, square piece of decorator fabric face down on the floor.

Turn the ottoman upside down and center it on the fabric. The fabric must be long enough to reach down the sides of the ottoman and over the bottom edge by at least 2 inches.

Staple all four sides of the fabric to the bottom of the ottoman. Staple halfway between your first staples. Grip the end of the fabric with your fingers and rip it in half to ease it. Continue splitting the fabric in half and stapling all around. When all of the ottoman is covered and no fabric is hanging down, staple every inch in a circle about 2 inches from the bottom edge. Trim off the excess fabric.

Turn the ottoman right side up. Wrap wide ribbon around the sides of the ottoman, crisscrossing in a random way to cover most of the ottoman sides. Tie the ribbon into a bow and trim the ends.

Things You Will Need

  • Decorator fabric
  • Wide ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun


  • Use no-fray glue on the edges of the ribbon to keep them from fraying if you decide to keep the cover and use the ribbon for some time.

About the Author

F.R.R. Mallory has been published since 1996, writing books, short stories, articles and essays. She has worked as an architect, restored cars, designed clothing, renovated homes and makes crafts. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with bachelor's degrees in psychology and English. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.