Recover a Stool With Fun, New Fabric

September 24, 2007 by  
Filed under Fabric, featured, Stools

origional stool

My sister-in-law is the queen of finding deals, and this project is a result of her finding an incredible deal on a footstool at a rummage sale. The footstool was in great shape and she wanted to add a little flare to it by recovering it with fabric she had found that displayed a Coca-Cola theme (her favorite beverage).


To begin the recovering project, we first flipped the stool over to remove the screws that were holding the seat top to the base (photo below).

Top Removed

Cut the Fabric

Next, we used the cover to size the fabric piece that we needed to cut (see photo below). The fabric needs overlap each side by at least an inch or two so that there is room to staple the fabric to the seat top. For this project we left the existing fabric on the seat cover because it was in good condition and would provide a good base for the new fabric. Some recovering projects may require removing the old cover and replacing the pad and batting.

.Size the Fabric

Now that the fabric is sized it is time to cut it out. To get nice straight lines, the fabric was folded to make a visible crease. The crease line was cut with a scissors as shown in the photo below.

Cut the Fabric

Attach the Fabric

Making sure the design side of the fabric was facing down, we placed the seat cover onto the middle of the fabric. We then pulled the fabric tightly up over the side and put a staple in the middle, as shown in the picture below.

Staple the Fabric

The trickiest part of getting the cover fabric to look good is in the corner as seen in the photo below. You need to make sure to fold the fabric and staple each corner in the same manner. After a corner is stapled, flip the seat over to ensure that the corners look the same as the ones you previously stapled.

Corner Fabric

Put the Stool Together

Now that all for corners are stapled and the cover is looking extraspecially wonderful with the new fabric, it’s time to reattach the cover to the legs of the stool in much the same way as they were removed. Try to find the original holes and use the original screws if possible.

legs back on

After the legs are reattached the stool is finished except for cleaning up the frayed edges on the bottom side with a scissors.

. finished stool


8 Comments on "Recover a Stool With Fun, New Fabric"

  1. John on Tue, 25th Sep 2007 2:24 pm 

    I never thought I’d be so happy to see a picture of Amy’s stool posted on the internet!!!

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  4. Luk on Wed, 20th Feb 2008 8:04 pm 

    Nice! Thanks!

  5. Freya Harris on Wed, 12th May 2010 2:05 am 

    For seat covers, i prefer to use cotton or polyester woven fabric because i like its feel.'”‘

  6. Caitlin Baker on Wed, 6th Oct 2010 12:54 am 

    i always prefer natural leather as my seat cover coz i love the feel of leather’:~

  7. Mixer Shower  on Wed, 20th Oct 2010 3:02 pm 

    seat covers that are made of natural leather is the best but they are quite expensive*””

  8. Footstools Dave on Thu, 24th Mar 2011 4:53 pm 

    Great idea, think I am going to go home and start to take apart all the chairs so I can recover them, wife wont be happy, LOL

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