How to update your home with an upholstered door you can make yourself

November 3, 2015

Many homeowners are looking for easy ways to add interesting architectural accents to their decor. A fun way to dress up a bland hollow core door is to upholster it — an easy project and a great way to add colour, style and texture to any room or hallway.

How to update your home with an upholstered door you can make yourself

Gather your materials

  • First, pick your fabric. Fabric is available in unlimited designs and textures and in a rainbow of colours.
  • You could use vinyl for the look of a piece of leather furniture or choose a sunny print to brighten a dull space.
  • Purchase about 2.5 meters each of your fabric and some felt. You also need fabric glue, spray adhesive, paint, nail-head trim, a hammer, a box cutter and some painter's tape.

Get started

Take the door off its frame by removing the hinge pins. Lay it flat on the floor or across a set of sawhorses.

  • Next, apply two layers of felt to the door to give it a padded, dimensional look.
  • Measure the length and width of the door, and cut two pieces of felt that are about three centimetres shorter and narrower than the door.
  • Spray the door face with spray adhesive and attach the first piece of felt, leaving about 1.5 centimetres of the door uncovered around all four sides.
  • Then, spray it and gently place the second piece on top to create a double layer.

Attach the fabric

  • Cut your fabric so that it's about five centimetres longer and wider than the door. Apply a line of fabric glue on the exposed border of the door around the felt on all four sides.
  • Lay your fabric face-up on the door and press it into the glue.
  • Allow the glue to dry, and then run the blade of a box cutter along the sides of the door to clip the excess fabric and make it flush with the edges of the door.

Apply the nail heads

  • Decide the pattern in which you want to lay the trim and mark it with painter's tape.
  • Painter's tape works well for this because it's easily removable and can be reattached if you want to adjust the placement.
  • Be sure to avoid any moulding or hardware on your door.
  • Once you've settled on your design, cut the nail-head trim to length and tap it in with a hammer. Secure the ends of the trim with a single nail.

Finishing touches

  • Paint the edges of the door in a coordinating or complementary colour.
  • Once everything is dry, you can hang it back up by reattaching the hinge pins. Step back and admire your handiwork.
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