Upholstery 101

Upholstery 101

Crafting Time:
  • Varies
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Drtiz

Additional Information


Getting Started

Some upholstery projects are easier than others. When beginning anything new, start simple. As you become more comfortable doing basic projects, try new techniques to learn additional skills. Remember using the right tool for the task often makes a difference in success and difficulty. Use caution in all projects and always wear eye protection.

Must Have Upholstery Tools

  • Tack Hammer
  • One side of the hammer head is flat, and the other side is slotted for removing tacks.
    Tack Hammer
  • Webbing Stretcher
  • This tool helps stretch upholstery webbing and more, while featuring a comfortable handle.
    Webbing Stretcher
  • Tack Remover
  • A forked steel shaft easily and quickly removes tacks and decorative nails from a variety of surfaces.
    Tack Remover
  • Heavy Duty Staple Gun
  • Attach fabric to furniture, cornice boards or other home décor projects. Also works on wood furniture frames and dry wall. Remove undesired staples with the metal tip at the back of the gun.
    Heavy Duty Staple Gun
  • Specialty Hand Needles
  • A basic assortment of specialty hand needles can help with a variety of upholstery and home décor tasks, from slip-stitching to edge work.
    Specialty Hand Needles
  • Upholstery Pins
  • Round head upholstery pins are used for holding heavy fabrics and multiple layers of fabric in place.
    Upholstery Pins

Ottoman Step-by-Step

  1. Remove old fabric

  2. Ottoman 1
  3. Sew corners to secure batting

  4. Ottoman 2
  5. Measure & cut fabric

  6. Ottoman 3
  7. Staple to hold fabric & start fitting

  8. Ottoman 4
  9. Fit fabric & hold with pins

  10. Ottoman 5
  11. Staple fabric & reattach legs

  12. Ottoman 6