Introduction: Make a Round Upholstered Ottoman

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Here's how to make a round ottoman upholstered in your favourite fabric - in an hour!


2 of 600mm diameter chipboard circles

16 of 22 x 44 x 400mm long supports

Plastic feet [4] and 50mm screws

Wood glue

Upholstery fabric (2000 x 550mm and 700mm dia)

Heavy-weight batting, 3 metres

3.5 x 40mm screws [32]


Drill / Driver plus assorted bits

Bosch Tacker or heavy-duty staple gun and staples

3mm screwdriver and long-nose pliers

Scissors and / or fabric cutter and self-healing mat


Tape measure


1. Prepare the frame for your ottoman by gluing the uprights to the frame and leave this overnight.

2. Cut all your fabric to the sizes above, or have the fabric store cut it for you. If you are lining up patterns, allow more fabric for adjusting the pattern.

GOOD TO KNOW: When cutting batting circles for the top - use a cut circle as a template. Cut one circle slightly larger, and one slightly smaller. This will give the top a nice rounded shape.

3. Drill 2mm countersunk pilot holes through the top and bottom pieces into the uprights. Drive in a 40mm screw.

4. Place the [2] pieces of batten on top of the frame, with the larger piece at the top.


5. Place the fabric for the top over the batting.

6. After arranging the fabric according to the pattern, if any, trim away excess fabric. You need to allow about 4 to 5cm around the edge.

7. Use the tacker to staple the fabric around the circumference of the ottoman. Make sure the staples go in close to the bottom edge of the chipboard. Work north-south / east-west and then staple the remaining areas.

GOOD TO KNOW: You may need to make small pleats to take in any excess fabric.

8. Place batting around the side of the ottoman. Staple at the end and around the top (into the uprights) to secure.

9. Place the fabric face down at the top edge of the side, with about 5cm overlapping the side, and staple to the top edge of the chipboard top piece. Do not start at the edge of the fabric, but rather leave a 10cm gap for folding under an end seam.

GOOD TO KNOW: Keep all the staples in a straight, even line, so that when you flip the fabric over (face up) you have an even line all the way around. It's always good to check as you work - flipping the fabric over to make sure everything lines up nicely.

10. When you reach the opposite end of the fabric, fold both ends under and overlap the pieces before stapling at the top of bottom.

GOOD TO KNOW: Where the fabric overlaps on the side, close this with a few hand stitches.

11. Flip the fabric and pull down over the side and then fold and staple underneath. Again, you need to add a few pleats to keep the fabric taut.

12. Finally, attach the feet to your ottoman with 50mm screws. Be carefully not to over-tighten as this will strip the hole. As soon as the screw feels tight - stop.

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