Kilim Rug Upholstered Furniture

Ever since this project that I did for Domino, I've been obsessed with upholstering furniture with flat woven rugs.

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It's surprisingly easy to work with the thicker material (especially if you have this amazing staple gun) and it just looks so unique. Not to mention it is super hard-wearing and stain-resistant!

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I'm in the middle of two different rug upholstery projects that I'm excited to share with you soon. I'm hoping to start a third rug upholstery project right away too, since hunching over is getting more and more tricky these days! I just need to find a good (and cheap) kilim to use. I found this curvy headboard for almost nothing at a junk store here locally and I think it would look so great in a pastel, washed out stripey kilim for one of the girls rooms. I'm thinking white linen for the welting.

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When I first stumbled on the headboard, I thought of this super-cool ikat version that Amanda Nesbit used in this House Beautiful room makeover:

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It's not quite the same as mine - but I like the concept of a really interesting ethic textile on the upholstery paired with pretty, simple bedding.

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I'm sort of thinking of more of a stripe at this point for our curvy headboard, sort of like this one:

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I've got some ideas up my sleeve, but in the meantime, here are some of my favorite inspiration images for kilim-upholstered furniture pieces.

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Wisteria  //  Safavieh  //  Anthropologie

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West Elm

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Have you ever used a rug to upholster a bench or a chair? I'm thinking I have my work cut out for me with the curves of that headboard. It might end up being a job for my upholsterer, but I'm willing to try first. He gives me a deal when I've stripped off the old fabric for him anyway. :)

(PS I wish Wisteria still made that black and white settee. It was so pretty!!)


  1. You're killing me, smalls! They all look amazing! Now, what can I reupholster.....

  2. that's the nicest "junk store" stuff I've ever seen!

  3. Haha, Heather! Yeah, I guess it's not really a junk store, but it's also not really an antique store either? Just sort of random stuff? If you're local its in Chandler on Alma School and Warner. :)

  4. Stretching a striped fabric over a curvy edge is gonna be tough. I'm anxiously waiting to see how you do this. But if anyone can, you can!
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. I wish we had stores like this! Can't wait to see how it turns out Jenny! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your's!

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  8. Oooh love the idea - can't wait to see how it turns out!

  9. Wait - your upholsterer gives you a deal when you strip off the old fabric?! I have a chair that I stripped all the fabric off of intending to reupholster but then just lost motivation and it's been sitting in my bedroom bare for a long time (like more than 1 year sadly). I called around and a couple of upholsterers actually said they would charge me more because I had already taken off the fabric, even when I told them I had all the old pieces labeled and could pin them to the frame so they knew exactly how it was put together. Anyway, I'm local and I now you probably don't want to reveal your upholsterer's info, but is this routine practice for upholsterers to charge more or should I keep calling around?

    Love your blog by the way - it is my favorite by far!

  10. You never ever disappoint! That headboard is amazing.

  11. Hi Jenny! I used a Homegoods rug to upholster a bench in my boys' bedroom. I love it's texture and durability! If interested you can check it out here, Can't wait to see how your headboard turns out! Such a great find!

  12. What a great idea! I have never even considered using a kilim to reupholster. Amazing post - I really like the first bench

  13. What store in AZ did you find that headboard? ?

  14. Hi Jenny,

    Where do you find kilim rugs to upholster with? I've been wanting to make a pillow like those sold out on Barrington Blue but I haven't figured out the best place to get a rug that has a good pattern and isn't too expensive. If you have any suggestions let me know! Thanks, Robin

  15. We recently bought a kilim bench (from Overstock) for the dining room, and it's just so surprisingly good. The rug material is sturdy as anything, and it just has the look of something that has been in the house for years and will make sense forever. Such a happy buy. Love all the inspiration pics here, too!

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