How to Cover a Bar Stool

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How to Cover a Bar Stool
Making your own bar stools doesn't have to be expensive. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

If you have a bar in your kitchen or have just installed one, you may be looking to save money on the bar stools. Turning bar seating from snorable to adorable is an inexpensive process once you know how.

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Things you need

  • Patterned fabric
  • Padding
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun

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  1. 1

    Choose a patterned fabric you wish your bar stools to be covered in. Most hobby stores carry low-priced varieties. You can usually buy fabrics by the yard, or 36 inches.

  2. 2

    Buy padding to put under the fabric. The most popular material to use is cotton sheets. Using some kind of pad increases the comfort of your bar stools and makes them more pleasant to sit on.

  3. 3

    Cut the padding to the size of the bar stool seats. Place the sheet of cotton over the top of the bar stool and use the scissors to cut the padding in the size of the seat. Set the pads aside.

  4. 4

    Cut the fabric into circles slightly larger than the bar stool seats. Leave a tail on each piece of fabric so it looks like a large apostrophe. Place the fabric rounds centred over the top of the stool and over the padding. Staple the piece of the fabric next to the tail to the underside of the stool, using the staple gun.

  5. 5

    Pull the piece of fabric next to the one you just stapled, pressing it against the underside of the stool. Overlap the first piece with the second one and staple it into place. Repeat this process until you get all the way around to the tail. When you reach the tail, overlap it like you have been doing all the way around the stool and staple it into place. Because you need to overlap the fabric, the tail provides some slack so you don't run out of material before finishing the seat.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose a fabric that matches your other decor.

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