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Bringing Leather to a Den Door

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By : Fiona Creech    99 or more times read
Adding furnishings with a masculine aesthetic is an excellent way to create a den that is perfect for just about any guy. When thinking of masculine spaces, using materials like metal and leather help to establish the room's masculine vibe. While it is easy to find leather furnishings for the room, another nice touch for this type of space is to upholster the door in leather, creating a unique addition to the design that is masculine while still being quite individual.

Step 1: Leather Selection

Leather is available in many different finishes, colors and textures, so when starting this project, a homeowner must first determine which type of leather will work best with the room's décor. The door is going to be the first thing that a anyone sees when entering the room, so upholstering it with leather makes it very clear that this is a masculine space. Adding the leather insert in a den door can be done in any texture that fits with the rest of the furnishings in the room. When purchasing the leather, measure the area of the door to be covered carefully, and make sure to purchase enough leather to more than cover the desired area.

Step 2: Finishing Details

When creating a leather upholstered insert for the door, the insert can be sleek and flat, or it can be stuffed with a tufted appearance. Use leather covered buttons or metallic buttons to finish off the look of the upholstery and to create an interesting profile. The easiest way to achieve a tufted look is to attach the buttons to the fabric before attaching it to the door.

Step 3: Attaching the Leather

The base for the insert is simply plywood cut to size. First lay the leather on the work area with the wrong side up, and then lay the wood insert on the leather. If batting is to be used to add cushioning to the insert, insert it between the leather and the wood. Stretch the leather over the piece of plywood and staple it in place on the back side. Begin stapling at the center of each edge alternating until the leather is stapled all the way around the insert. Pull the leather taught for each staple. Place staples a couple of inches apart along each side.

Each corner will have excess leather after all sides are stapled in place. Now create a right angle with the remaining leather at each corner and place it flush against the insert. The easiest way to manage the corners is to create a “V” in each corner and staple the section of leather in place.

Step 4: Attaching the Insert

Once the insert is covered it needs to be attached to the door, and it is essential that the insert fit flawlessly. If the insert is too large or too small, even by a bit, the project simply looks tacky rather than rich. Attaching the insert to the door can be tricky, because there are different types of doors. Some are solid wood; some are hollow; some are metal, and some are composite materials. It is important to use the right method to attach the insert, so that it will be solid and sturdy. If you’re not sure how to properly attach the insert to the door, talk to a specialist at the local home improvement center for advice on the proper technique and adhesive.
Top designer and writer, Fiona Creech of, has many ideas for bringing style to your home with nude metal wall art and sun metal wall sculpture.

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