How to Reupholster An Old Stool

How to Reupholster An Old Stool StoryHi, My name is Joan.  My father have an old stool (chair height) that needs some TLC. My father had it for over seventy years. It’s old and ratty.

It’s one of those small armless stools that gives extra seating when my family come over. I use it often but it really doesn’t go well with the rest of my decor. I’d like to give it a fresh look but I’ve never reupholstered anything, can you walk me through the steps?

Dear Joan,
I think the art of reupholstering is one that everyone needs to be able to learn and appreciate. Who doesn’t have a piece of furniture that needs a little tender loving care and a whole lot of love? Or rather fabric, staples and elbow grease.

Today, I say this tips below with caution:
I don’t suggest that your 1st reupholstering attempt be an advanced piece like a french provincial chair.
Therefore, lets me advice and try reupholstering a small piece such as a chair seat or, in this case, a lovely stool.

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Supplies needed for reupholster an old stool project:

  1. Heavy duty stapler
  2. Upholstery fabric
  3. Stool with upholstered top
  4. Flat screwdriver
  5. Needle nose pliers

Firstly, please remove the seat from the stool. Flip the stool upside down and, using a flat screwdriver and pliers, remove the fabric covering the seat.
Lay the new piece of fabric face down on the floor and place the stool seat face down on the fabric. Cut the piece of fabric in a larger square than the size of the seat leaving ample fabric in each direction to cover the sides and partly under the seat.

Secondly, starting on one side, staple the new fabric to the bottom of the seat. Then move on to the opposite side. You will need to stretch and staple the material to it finish similarly.

Once the two opposing ends are secured, repeat the same process for sides three and four making sure to pull the fabric tight.

Lastly, think of the corners as when you are wrapping a gift. You want to staple both sides to the corner so you’ll form a “peak”, then fold the peak and staple it to the back of the seat. Screw the seat back to the metal base.  Congratulation!  you currently have an attractive “new” stool 🙂