Published at Thursday, September 13th 2018. by Chris Carney in Ottoman Chair.
I recommend adding 2 more inches to this depth. So this means I'll need to add 5'' to all my sides, so I have plenty to wrap underneath and staple in place. This gives me a starting fabric size of 40'' x 24''. I've cut out my fabric, so the design is centered left to right and top to bottom. Keep this in mind when choosing and cutting your own fabric and how it will fit on your ottoman. Now we're ready to get our button placement, so we can drill our holes in the top of the bench. Place your foam on top of your ottoman.
Then the paper you cut out earlier, on top keeping it all in place with a bit of masking tape. Lay out your fabric on top and make sure the design is centered if needed. Now, because of the fabric I'm using. I want my buttons to be centered and evenly spaced according to the design of the fabric, so I'll first lay out my buttons to find the placement. Once you get them where you want them. Just stick your upholstery, needle through the fabric and paper, wherever the middle of each button will be. This creates a paper template for us to use to drill our holes.
If you are using a fabric with a very uniform design like I am making a template like this allows you to place your buttons perfectly, according to your fabric's design. If you are using a simpler fabric, you could just lay out your buttons directly onto your ottoman, make your marks and drill your holes. Next up I'll put my paper template to use and drill some holes, Set your material and foam aside and re-stick. Your paper template directly on top of your ottoman and you're, ready to drill your holes.
Now we used a five-sixteenths drill bit because we needed our holes to be large enough that our upholstery needle can fit through them easily. Once all your holes are drilled. The next step is to adhere your foam to the ottoman. We'll start by lining up our foam on our ottoman. Now just apply spray adhesive to the top of the ottoman at one end and press down to stick. Then move to the other end spraying and pressing the rest of the foam in place. Drape your fabric back over your foam, placing it in the same position as Before. This time secure it with quite a few straight pins around the top edges to hold the fabric in place. How you actually wrap and staple the fabric could be different depending on the piece of furniture. You are using. I'll, show you how to do it.
For this bench, but keep in mind, you may have to change things up a bit to work for your furniture. Start with the ottoman on it's top with the front side facing you. Working from the middle start by folding and pulling the fabric up around the edge Of the ottoman. I want to pull tight enough to remove any slack, but not so tight that it smashes the edge of the foam. Holding it tight. Add a couple of staples. Staple as close to the inner sides of the ottoman as possible. If some of your staples don't quite go in all the way, just use a small hammer to tap them down into place.
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