DIY Upholstery

Some people assume that if you are in the acting profession, you are also automatically super paid and can buy whatever you want and be generally decadent and carefree around town. NOT SO. This is especially apparent when it comes to getting furniture upholstered – that shiz is EXPENSIVE.

So, if you’re a lady/gentleman on a budget and you want to make your house/apartment dope and extravagant without spending all of your precious, precious coconut water dollars, try this ridiculously simple DIY project:


I know what you’re thinking. You’re like, “Dennings, upholstery is a job best left to professionals.” And I’m like, “Shhhhh. Open your heart.”


I skipped this step initially because I thought I was a magical unicorn and would “just know” how much fabric I needed when the fabric store employee laid it out for cutting. Needless to say, I was that person in line going, “Six yards… wait, that’s a lot, right?
Four yards. No wait, okay if I have…wait.”


I like to mix patterns, so I got a few different but complementary fabrics to alternate on my couch and chair cushions. You can obviously use the same fabric for everything, but I’m just throwing that option out there. As Bob Ross would say, “You can do
anything you want to do in your world.”

You heard me. I got a pack of 40 and used almost all of them, so if you have a lot of cushions to cover you might want to pick up extras.

Lay the cut fabric pattern side down on the floor or another flat work surface. Place your cushion in the middle, back side up.

Pull the fabric up and fold tightly around the cushion. Pin each fold in place. Take your time and use as many folds as you need. MAKE SURE THE PINS ARE SECURELY FASTENED, otherwise you will end up with a Couch Of Pain (C.O.P).

Repeat with each cushion.

That’s all there is to it, Crafty Pants! You have transformed this:

Into this:

And if you have throw pillows:


All images property of Kat Dennings

  • Emili Naish

    Haha I’ve done my fair share of apholstering. My Dad is really into antiques which means I’ve help restore many-a-piece-of-furniture. Another random tip: When Apholstering a bench, stool, chair anything with a hard/wood base, Staple Guns are a apholstery must lol. But I’ve never thought of using saftey pins for cushions! SMART PANTS!!

  • Allison Andresini

    Kat Dennings, you are amazing. I can’t wait for 2 Broke Girls, my bff and I already have a weekly date in place to watch it! Love this post & you!

  • Erica Smith

    Lovely. Just, lovely.

  • Caitlin Fitzgibbons

    This is what I’m talking about. Simple design solutions. Thanks gurl!

  • Rebekah Sitz

    Simple & genius! This is my kind of crafting.

  • Katie Naugle

    I love this idea! My couch has a major case of the frumps. This is going to be an upholsterin’ adventure! You are one smart cookie!

  • Emily Douglas

    Great idea! So many people can’t sew, we need more no-sew crafts out there.

  • Natalie Thiessen

    Love this! And I work at a fabric store so I can promise you that I get a person in every single day who didn’t think to measure their business. If you’re super lazy you can bring a cushion in! I promise it’s not weird! People do it all the time!

  • Valerie Yvonne Huerta

    Aww, so cute! thanks for the tip, chicka!

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  • Ruci Kafka

    Kat Dennings, you are a cool actress and also now I will upholster things.

  • Tina Lynn

    kat dennings is the best! this is amazing! i am gonna try!

  • Marissa A. Ross

    This is great! BEYOND stoked to see you contributing Kat! I feel like I am a part of the best girls club in the universe.

  • Lauren Alvarez

    omg I love this . This site is the best for lazy girl diy. I hate putting a lot of effort into making something. I prefer it to “just happen magically”. Thank you for bringing a bit of that magic into my living room!
    Now if only someone would post how to make a DIY Fancy headboard out of cardboard, cloth , and batting…

    • Emili Naish

      Fun Idea! I wanna try it! It would probably work well as long as you secure it to the wall Via thumbtacks…

  • Kristine Songco

    Haha great post, if only for the shameless unicorn plug. I’ve tried this and a hot glue gun also works if you don’t trust safety pins.

  • Tracee Tibbitts

    kat dennings: a modern picasso

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  • Giovannie Espiritu

    Thanks for the DIY tip! Can you post pics of your before/after couch transformation?

  • Ali Berry

    Only a magical unicorn could make reupholstering look so easy.

    (Reupholstering is a weird word.)

  • Courteney Jones

    Kat Dennings, this was very informative. Speaking of upholstery, do you remember the time I sold you groceries in downtown Orlando? Because I do.

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