Storage Ottoman Transformation

Storage Ottoman Transformation

"I can transform ya, I can transform ya, Anything you want I can (I can) get it for ya."                                                                                                                                              - "I Can Transform Ya" Chris Brown (2009)

I picked up this storage ottoman years ago at Goodwill. I forgot how much I paid for it, but I'm pretty sure it didn't cost more than $15. It sat in storage for about a year and half until I moved. Although it's great for storing my things, it's not so easy on the eyes. 

So, I decided to transform it with the help of some fabric. 


  • Fabric 
  • Fabric Scissors 
  • Staple Gun and Staples
  • Glue Gun
  • Paint (Optional) 
  • Spray Paint (Optional) 
  • Iron 


First, remove the backing under the ottoman. You can remove the staples and remove the original fabric. I decided to just recover the old fabric to save time and energy. 

Then, cut the fabric to the size of the ottoman. 

Begin stapling the fabric to the ottoman. Be sure to pull the fabric tight before stapling. 

Then, cut the excess fabric from the bottom. 

Corners are tough. Fold them like a present and staple to the bottom. However, if the seams are too loose or not straight, use a hot glue gun to keep them in place. 

Now that the bottom is finished. It's time to begin work on the top of the storage ottoman. There's a tray under the bottom. So, unscrew the top from the tray and paint it. 

While the paint dries, cut off the handles to the top of the ottoman. Then, staple the fabric onto the ottoman. 

Recover the straps in the fabric of your choice. Use a glue gun to secure the fabric to the strap and then cut away the excess. Then, staple the straps to the ottoman top. 

Screw on the tray. This may require some elbow grease since the straps are thicker. Use a power drill, if necessary. 

Lessons Learned: 

  • Pull the fabric tight, otherwise wrinkles will form (use the iron to get out the wrinkles)

  • Be patient with the corners (moving slowly will work out in the end) 

  • Do not spray paint leather (It's a sticky mess. That's why I covered the straps with fabric)

Check out the video below to see exactly how I grabbed the corners. 


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