How to Make a Geometric Upholstered Door

Dressing up a dull interior door? Think beyond paint by adding design and texture with upholstery and nailhead trim.

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Staple Fabric to the Knob Side

Staple the medium-toned vinyl (good side towards the door) to the long side of the door near the doorknob. Reinforce by stapling cardboard tack strip on top of the vinyl, lining up the edge of the cardboard with the back edge of the door. Be sure to keep the doorknob hole clear of cardboard and staples.

Staple Fabric to the Hinge Side

Pull the vinyl up and around the front side of the door, fold under the raw edge, and staple to the hinge side of the door. Keep the vinyl pulled tightly as you staple from the middle towards the top and bottom edges and keep hinge areas free of staples. The folded-under edge of vinyl should meet the back edge of the door.

Tip: If your original door only had two hinges, consider adding a third to help support the added weight of the solid wood door.

Staple Fabric to the Top and Bottom

Pull the vinyl tightly towards the top of the door and staple to the top edge. Repeat for the bottom edge. Leave a few inches unstapled at the corners.

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