DIY PROJECT | How to Reupholster a Stool – The Easy Way

April 5, 2016

How to Reupholster a Stool - The Easy Way

How to Reupholster a Stool - The Easy Way

How to Reupholster a Stool - The Easy Way

I’ve been dabbling in upholstery the last few weeks and I think I’ve found a new DIY love! It’s amazing what you can do with a little fabric and a staple gun, you can turn an otherwise old, shabby, piece of furniture into a beautiful, “brand new”, modern piece, I love it!

In this post I will share with you the steps on how to reupholster a stool (or any chair for that matter) the super easy way!! Honestly, this technique is so simple, anyone with a staple gun could do it!

Before & After - How to reupholster a stool

Here’s how I did it

What you’ll need:

  • Old stool/chair
  • Fabric (upholstery fabric or heavy non stretch sewing fabric)
  • Screw driver
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Pencil
  • Paint (optional)

    Step 1| Find an old stool

Find a stool or chair you want to recover. This technique will work for recovering all kinds of seating including bar stools, computer chair or dinning chairs, so it doesn’t need to be a stool.

If you need to find an old stool I highly recommend hitting up your local secondhand stores. Your bound to find a gorgeous, well made chair that just needs a little upholstery TLC.  How to Reupholster a Stool

Step 2| Unscrew seat from base

The first step is to unscrew the seat from the base. Making sure you keep the screws safe until we need them at the end. Don’t do what I would did and put them somewhere “safe” then forget where the “safe” place was. How to Reupholster a StoolHow to Reupholster a Stool How to Reupholster a Stool How to Reupholster a Stool

Step 3| Repaint the base – optional

This step is optional, but if your stool needs a repaint then this is the time to do it. Start, by washing it down, sanding, applying a primer then apply few coats of paint. Sorry for the light instructions on the painting, stay tuned as I have a post in the pipe line on painting old furniture. Sign up for my newsletter if you like and then it will be emailed directly to you. How to Reupholster a Stool - The Easy Way

Step 4| Remove the old fabric

To reupholster the seat, start by removing the old fabric. Usually the fabric is stapled to the underside of the seat, so you will need a flat head screwdriver or similar tool to leverage these staples out.How to Reupholster a StoolHow to Reupholster a Stool How to Reupholster a Stool

Step 5| Cut out the new fabric top

To cut out the new fabric for the seat, place the upholstered stool in the centre of the fabric, making sure there is enough to cover the top and approx 1/3 of the underside of the seat and then cut out. Doesn’t matter if the fabric isn’t cut perfectly straight, it will get trimmed up after it’s stapled to the seat.How to Reupholster a Stool

Step 6| Covering the cushion with the new fabric

Place the cushion top upside down in the centre of the fabric. Fold in and staple at the four opposite sides. This secures the fabric in place so it doesn’t slip while you are stapling your way around.How to Reupholster a Stool

Turn up the right way and check that the fabric is sitting straight and looks good before carrying on with the stapling. Once you are happy with the fabric position start stapling around the entire base, making sure the material stays smooth and taut. Keep each staple close together and the same width apart the whole way round.

How to Reupholster a Stool - The Easy Way

Trim the excess fabric off about 3-4cm away from the staples.

How to Reupholster a Stool - The Easy Way

Step 7| Fabric cover for underneath

The next step is to cut a circular piece of fabric to cover the whole underneath of the seat. It gives a professional finish by hiding away all the staples and raw edges of fabric. You can use any fabric for this, it doesn’t need to be the same as it won’t be seen. To cut this piece out, place your seat in the middle of your chosen fabric. Trace around the seat with a sewing pencil so you have a circle, then cut out the circle 2-3cm inside the line you have traced. To attach this circle piece, lay it on the underside of the seat right side out so it covers the staples and fabric edges. Then staple into place.

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Lay this circle of material on top of your stapled fabric so that it covers the edges nicely and staple into place.

How to Reupholster a Stool - The Easy Way

And there you have your newly reupholstered stool cushion!

How to Reupholster a Stool - The Easy Way

Step 8| Put the stool back together

The last step is to put the stool back together. Place the reupholstered cushion top onto the base of your stool, adjust into position, then secure into place with the original screws using a drill or screwdriver and your all done!

Thanks for following along with my tutorial on reupholstering a stool, hopefully you found it as easy as I said it was! Be sure to leave a comment, I would love to hear from you and stay tuned for my next upholstery post that shows how to upholster with piping. In the meantime check out my other DIY PROJECTS if you get a chance.

xxx

How to Reupholster a Stool - The Easy Way

How to Reupholster a Stool - The Easy Way

 

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5 Comments

  • Reply Cat April 8, 2016 at 2:28 am

    This is gorgeous! Love the color-choices. 🙂 Well done!

    • Reply Alana April 8, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Thanks Cat, appreciate the feed back. xx

  • Reply Lindsay - Shrimp Salad Circus April 13, 2016 at 5:07 am

    What a beautiful, high-impact transformation!!!

    • Reply Alana April 15, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks Lindsay, appreciate the kind words coming from you. xx

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