How to reupholster a round bar stool

Written by tivi jones
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Round bar stools are very common, but often these stools aren't upholstered in a way that complements your decorating scheme. Fortunately, you can reupholster round bar stools yourself, which is an economical way to get the look you want without paying to have a professional do the job for you. It's fairly easy to reupholster your bar stools in whatever fabric or material you want to create a different look.

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Things you need

  • Round bar stool
  • 2-inch foam
  • Utility knife
  • Spray adhesive
  • Quilt batting
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Fabric

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  1. 1

    Remove the existing upholstery from the stool carefully. This will preserve the structural integrity of the stool. The removal process will depend on how the original upholstery is attached. In order to complete this step, you may need additional materials, such as a hammer, pliers or an industrial staple remover.

  2. 2

    Place a piece of 2-inch thick foam on the floor and place the bar stool, face down, on the foam.

  3. 3

    Cut the foam to fit the bar stool top, using a utility knife. Allow an extra 3 inches of foam all the way around. Secure the foam to the bar stool top using a spray adhesive. Allow the adhesive to dry, per the manufacturer's guidelines.

  4. 4

    Place quilt batting on the floor and place the padded bar stool, face down, on the batting.

  5. 5

    Cut the batting to fit the stool top using scissors. Allow for an extra 3 inches of batting all the way around.

  6. 6

    Secure the batting to the bar stool using a staple gun. Begin with four equally spaced staples toward the estimated top, bottom and two sides of the stool. Staple around to secure all sides taut over the stool top. Check the top of the stool for wrinkles in the batting while you are stapling so that you can smooth out any imperfections during the stapling process.

  7. 7

    Place your fabric on the floor face down. Place the bar stool face down on the fabric.

  8. 8

    Cut the fabric to fit the bar stool top. Allow an extra 3 inches of fabric all around. Secure the fabric to the bar stool using a staple gun. Follow the same process you used to secure the batting to the stool.

Tips and warnings

  • Depending on the design of your bar stool, you may have to adjust the foam, batting and fabric on the underside of the stool to accommodate the legs. In that event, cut slits in the foam and batting to fit around the legs. For the fabric, while the stool is face down in the floor and you are cutting the fabric to fit, cut slits in the fabric. Secure the loose ends of the leg slits with hem tape on the underside to prevent the fabric from unravelling.

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