DIY Guide for upholstering a bar stool





Some stools you buy at Wal-Mart or Target in a moment of weakness are very cheap. Rather than discarding the manufactured junk, merely reupholster it using fabric and keep it inside your do-it-yourself shop. I utilize the same methods to recover costly bar stools for customers.

This simple round stool do-over took just 2 hours. I discovered this girly do-it-yourself fabric. It isn’t heavy duty upholstering fabric yet it’s very cute.

Supplies needed:

  • Crescent pliers to pull out staples
  • Flat head screwdriver for removing staples
  • Staple gun
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Spray adhesive
  • One piece of Dacron that is big enough to fit over stool’s top
  • 1/4 yard ruffle fabric (optional)
  • ¾ yd. of fabric


Lift – then take out staples; pull old covering off


Spray adhesive upon the base as its’ so very cheap that the foam is not secured into place.


You should measure the finished boxing or band width and add 1-1/2-inches for your seam allowance then ‘pull’ underneath the seat. The pull is going to allow you to grab hold and evenly pull smoothly prior to stapling into place.


Lay the old cover on Dacron scrap, trace around the scrap, cut out then lay Dacron on the wrong side of the cover fabric. You must trace around the Dacron piece, add ½-inch for your seam allowance then trace again, or eyeball the additional ½-inch beyond the piece of Dacron, mark it then cut out the top circle of fabric. Spray foam’s top using adhesive then adhere Dacron circle for some extra cushioning.


Cut your boxing or band strip out and you are prepared to sew.


Finished width of the available pre-made trim I had measured an inch; therefore, I measured my blue cloth fabric in 2-inch strips, pinned — then stitched the ends with each other; folded the ends in half, lengthwise, and then ‘ruffled’ it as I stitched by scrunching it up prior to it going underneath the needle.


I reached the end then folded the unfinished end underneath and formed my finished fold, and stuffed the additional end inside; stitched all of it down.


Right within the picture’s center one end was tucked into the other one.

This fabric is appropriate and fun for my do-it-yourself studio. If doing kitchen stools or bar stools, you may use vinyl, plain fabric, or, if you are really daring, leather. The measures will be the same for true bar stools and cutesy studio stool.


You either can stitch your ruffle down during this time or lay the boxing or band on top of your ruffle. All of the ‘raw’ corners must be aligned. Your top scrap is going to be your boxing, then the ruffle — then the circle’s right side. You can pin down boxing in order to keep it from slipping or slowly start stitching with a ½-inch seam allowance; maneuver the boxing as you curve around the circle. You will be attempting to keep your stitching at ½-inch. You can keep the boxing’s raw corner even with the additional raw corners and gradually turn the entire circle until you reach the end. Fold back a part of the boxing; overlap it as you come from the additional side all of the way over; stitch down.

Clip seam allowance to ¼-inch in order to get rid bulkiness.


Turn right side out, put on stool’s top; measure down from the ruffle in which the corner ought to be stapled. You can chalk that measurement all of the way around. You should center its top, be certain the pattern is very straight.

I did not straighten my pattern with the legs; therefore, it is a bit cattywampus.


You might possess this style:


This fabric is fun and appropriate for my DIY studio. If doing your bar stools or kitchen stools, you can use plain fabric, or vinyl or, if you’re really brave, leather. The steps are the same for a cutesy studio stool and true bar stools.

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