How to upholster a footstool

Updated April 17, 2017

Footstools can take a beating, especially if they are used often. If you have a footstool in need of repair, you can upholster it with some new fabric to make it look new again.

Turn the footstool upside down and use a flat head screwdriver to remove the old staples. Save the fabric to use as a template for the new fabric.

Lay the new fabric out on a flat surface, face down, then place the old fabric on top, face down. Pin the two pieces together with sewing pins. Use electric sewing scissors to cut around the old fabric to create the new piece for the footstool.

Remove the pins and the old fabric, place the new fabric face up, and place the stool on top, face down. Pull the fabric up and place a staple on each side in the middle edge of the footstool. Next, stretch and pull the fabric as you place a staple approximately one inch apart all along the edge of the wood underneath the footstool. When you get to the corners, fold the fabric over, creating a smooth edge so that the fabric will not be puckered or gathered on the corners.

Things You'll Need

  • Upholstery grade fabric
  • Foam (optional)
  • Batting (optional)
  • Electric sewing scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Staple gun
  • Flat head screwdriver
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