How to Reupholster a Stool

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How to Reupholster a Stool
Reupholster an old stool to give it new life. (sgabello in pelle image by haruspex from

Reupholstering old furniture is a way to decorate your home without spending a lot of money and to give new life to old pieces. If you are new to reupholstering, one of the simplest projects you can take on is to reupholster an old stool. Explore flea markets, yard sales and antique stores to locate a solid, well-made stool. Once you've successfully reupholstered it once, you will be able to easily do it again whenever the mood strikes.

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Things you need

  • Flat head screw driver
  • 2-inch furniture foam
  • Utility knife
  • Adhesive spray
  • ¾ yard of fabric
  • Scissors
  • Staple Gun

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  1. 1

    Flip the stool over to expose the staples holding the fabric in place. Slide your flat head screwdriver beneath the staples to lift and remove them.

  2. 2

    Place the removed layer of fabric to the side. If there are several layers of fabric beneath the initial layer, continue to lift the staples until you have removed all of the underlying fabric.

  3. 3

    Remove the old cushion. If it is still in good condition, set it aside to use for another project, otherwise discard.

  4. 4

    Use the old stool cushion as a guide when cutting out your new furniture foam. Spray the adhesive to the seat of the stool. Center and press the new cushion onto the stool firmly. Turn the stool upside down so that the weight of it is pressing against the foam cushion. Allow the glue to dry for 1 hour.

  5. 5

    Lay your new fabric on a smooth flat surface. Smooth the old fabric covering to make it flat as possible. Place it on top of the new fabric to act as a template. Cut out your new fabric.

  6. 6

    Lay the fabric so that it is print-side down. Lift the stool and place it cushion-side down on the fabric. Adjust it so that it is evenly centred.

  7. 7

    Pull one side of the fabric taut, and smoothly fold it over to the back of the stool.Use your staple gun to put in three staples that are 2 inches in from the edge of the stool. Go to the opposite side, and place another three staples. Do the same on the right and left side.

  8. 8

    Fold the remaining unstapled fabric. Pull gently and smooth it as you fold it over. Staple the fabric in place. Continue around the stool until all of the fabric has been stapled all the way around the stool.

  9. 9

    Cut off excess fabric so that it is neat in appearance and there is no more than 1/2 inch of fabric beyond the staples. Turn your stool right-side up.

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