How to Reupholster a Bar Stool at Home

How to Reupholster a Bar Stool at Home

Bored of the monotonous bar stool at your home? May be you should just reupholster it. The following HomeQuicks article will tell you how to reupholster your bar stools.
Kitchen furniture Soft chairs.
If you are reading this article, you probably have a very old bar stool, which you do not want to throw away, and you are desperately finding ways to rejuvenate it, or may be you just gave in to your temptation to buy a very cheap bar stool, and now you are cursing yourself as the stool looks hideous! The solution to both the cases is, reupholstering your bar stool.

You might be thinking that reupholstering would cost you a lot, but you do not need to worry, reupholstering your bar stool will be light on your pocket. You will find most of the things that you need to reupholster at your home, so basically you will be spending money only on the fabric for your new covering.

Reupholstering a bar stool won't take much time, and you can do it all by yourself. Once you know how to reupholster, you can always keep experimenting with new covers.

Steps to Reupholster a Bar Stool

Before you begin with the reupholstering process, make sure that legs of your stool are not damaged, you do not want a reupholstered stool with a broken leg, do you? Once you have made sure that there is no other problem with the stool except for the upholstery, you can proceed. Here are the steps that you should follow:

Remove the Cover
This is the part where you remove the existing upholstery.

You Will Need
  • Flat head screw driver
  • Hammer
Invert the bar stool, and remove the staples from the seat, using the screw driver and the hammer. Be careful while doing this, see that you do not hurt yourself. Remove the existing covering slowly. You might be tempted to rip it off, but I suggest you to be patient while removing the covering.

Give Fresh Padding
Once you have removed the old covering, check whether your bar stool has a decent padding, if not, it is time to give your stool a new padding.

You Will Need
  • Pencil
  • Furniture foam
  • Utility knife
  • Adhesive
Remove the old foam from the seat of your bar stool. Now use this as a template to cut the new foam with the utility knife. Now, glue the new foam on the seat, and then keep the stool inverted, such that the foam padding is in contact with the floor. Do not disturb the stool for at least an hour.

Create a New Pattern
While the adhesive is doing its work, you can start working on your new covering.

You Will Need
  • Pencil
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
Take the old covering and mark out its border on the fabric. Now, cut the fabric with a pair of scissors. See that you pattern it with respect to the old covering, if you want, you can also add borders, embroidery, etc., to your new covering.

Secure the Cover
Now that your new covering is ready, check if your foam padding is completely fixed to the seat of your bar stool. If the padding is fixed, it is time for you to attach your new covering.

You Will Need
  • Staple gun
Spread the new covering face-first on the floor. Invert the bar stool and place it at the center of the covering spread on the floor. Now, carefully start stapling the covering, see that you do it right. You can see the marks where the old covering was stapled, use these marks as your reference.

Once you are done stapling, your reupholstered bar stool is ready, and you can start using it right away. If you want, you can also reupholster your chairs, or any other furniture, but be extra careful when you do so, as it won't be as easy as reupholstering a stool!
Cushion