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DIY: How to Recover a Storage Ottoman

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Probably one of the easier DIYs I’ve attempted, figuring out how to recover a storage ottoman was a fast project and pretty cheap! Plus, I love the finished product!

how to recover a storage ottoman - Splendry

I had been on the lookout for a storage cube on the clearance aisles of Target for quite a while. I finally happened upon one one day for about $13! It was a pretty turquoise shade, but I was really wanting to recover it with something more neutral but that had a fun pattern.

recovered storage cube - Splendry

I grabbed some printed cotton from my fabric stash  and was good to go!

recovered storage cube - Splendry

I loved this geometric print and thought it was be a nice contrasting print in my living room.


  • Storage ottoman/cube
  • 1 Yard of Fabric
  • Staple Gun (with staples!)

1. Measure around the four sides of your cube to see how much fabric you need for the sides. Add about 3 inches of width to cover some on the top and bottom. Cut off the excess (you’ll use this to cover the lid).

2. Fold under the edges and iron.

3. Next, remove the plastic coasters from the bottom of your cube if it has them.

recovered storage cube 3

4. Line up the fabric and pull tightly. Staple on. (Seriously, it’s that easy.) Replace the plastic coasters to the bottom of the cube (I used a hammer).

recovered storage cube inside cube

bottom of cube

5. Do the same with your lid. Next, align your fabric correctly and fold the fabric under on the corners. Staple to secure! It’s certainly not perfect, but hey, I’m not selling it! Plus, all the staples are hidden on the inside or bottom of the ottoman.

I would highly recommend this DIY to anyone (if you can use a staple gun, you can figure it out!).

lid inside corner

recovered storage cube - Splendry


recover a storage ottoman

You can see where the fabric overlaps at this corner. I used a couple of staples near the bottom and the rest on the inside.

Make sure the fabric is secured with staples on the inside and bottoms of the cube. You should be set! It was so much easier than I expected to recover a storage ottoman, I’d definitely do it again!

*4/29/2020 update: This ottoman still looks as good as new, even five years later! 

how to recover a storage ottoman

how to recover a storage ottoman - Splendry

Originally published April 13, 2015

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Tuesday 19th of January 2021

my cube is vinyl. Did you use glue to hold fabric on sides of cube before you stapled? What size staple? Did you have a seam, how did you finish that. Thanks

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