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

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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