Step 1

Choose the Right Rug

To help mask the remnants of spills or other accidents, it’s best to use flat-weave rugs with nubby textures and neutral coloring. Choose a rug that is approximately four times as wide as your ottoman to account for proper waste.

Step 2

Remove Cushion

Using a drill or a screwdriver, remove the ottoman cushion from the legs or wooden frame. Next, use dressmaker shears to remove the existing fabric from the cushion.

Step 3

Measure, Mark and Cut Rug

Use measuring tape to determine the length, width and height of the ottoman cushion. Mark the rug with a marker or chalk then cut it to size using dressmaker shears.

If you’re re-covering a boxed cushion ottoman, you will also need to measure the height of the box cushions to cut side panels.

Step 4

Update Batting

To make sure the top of the ottoman is cushy and soft, add one or two additional layers of batting by measuring the batting, marking it, then cutting it to size using dressmaker shears. Next step is to fasten it to the back of the cushion support using a staple gun and staples.

Step 5

Staple Rug and Reassemble

With the help of a friend, stretch the rug across the batting and onto the back of the cushion support. Once it’s taut, secure the stretched rug in place using a staple gun and staples.

If you’re re-covering a boxed cushion ottoman, you will also need to attach side panels to the top panel using a round-ended tapestry needle and a 2-ounce skein of mercerized cotton in a coordinating color.

Using a screwdriver or drill, reattach the ottoman cushion to the frame or legs.