Life Hack : Five Easy Steps to Upholster Just About Anything

A few months back I fell in love with idea of re-upholstering my bar stools. I’m pretty handy with power tools, but I really thought re-upholstery was just for the pros. BOY WAS I WRONG. I bought an adorable staple gun from  Home Depot for $12 and watched about 100 how-to videos and I was HOOKED.

(Here are the ugly, boring stools)


Now for my sopping list!

  • 1/2 yard of fabric per seat cushion (and of course some extra). For this project I picked up two yards of pretty green Moroccan print fabric from Hobby Lobby (using a coupon) for just under $10
  • Staple gun and staples from Home Depot $20 for the gun and staples!
  • Scissors 
  • Screw Driver 

A few things to keep in mind when getting started. When stapling the fabric, be sure not to cover the screw holes where the seat attaches to the chair (I made this rookie mistake). Also be sure to lay the cushions on the floor when stapling, leaning over a table is NOT a good idea.

  1. Let’s get started by taking off the base cushion from the seat. Take out the screws and take off the square or round base from the chair.


2. Lay the cushion on top of your fabric and cut around the edges leaving about three to four inches of fabric on the sides – like below. Don’t worry too much about creating clean lines, you will need to trim the fabric later on.


3. Staple two sides to the base for square and round seats. Then trim the excess fabric.


4. Pull the fabric tight, fold over the corners (like below) and staple gently. Still apply this technique for round seats!


5. After stapling all four corners, pull the last two sides of fabric over and staple. Be sure to trim the excess fabric. After trimming, attach the cushions back on top of the seats! AND BOOM! HOW CUTE!!


I was so happy with how these bar stools turned out, I actually ended up upholstering our dinning room chairs as well! You can truly use this upholstering technique on just about every type of chair. This is an older picture of our dinning room though, which we just replaced our Bun Bun’s inside house with this IKEA HACK! You can see that here!

I would love to see how your upholstery jobs came out!! I am always looking for more inspiration 🙂

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