I used these new AMAZING heavy-duty scissors to cut the edges of the piece and make a clean, straight edge.
You want about three inches of overhang with bench tops or drop seats for chairs. It's enough fabric for you to be able to pull nice and tight, but there won't be leftovers peeking out from underneath.
I like to stagger staples in two lines, one about an inch set in from the edge and the second line running along the inside edge of the fabric.
Then trim the edges down so that the flap still connected to the corner is about two inches wide.
All finished! I love this spotted hide so much more than the taupe velvet.
See just the two tiny folds on either side of the corner? If I had just pulled and stapled around the corners like most upholstery jobs call for, there would be all sorts of bunching and really heavy-looking corners. This method makes the fabric lay almost as flat as sewing the corners (which is a pain to me).