Craft Your Style How to Reupholster a Footstool in 7 Steps

Published on November 5th, 2015 | by Bonnie Getchell


How to Reupholster a Footstool in 7 Steps

How to Reupholster a Footstool in 7 Steps

Have a footstool, bench, or chair that needs a fresh, new look? Here’s how to reupholster a footstool or any removable cushion that could use a fabric upgrade.

A few months ago, I found an adorable foot stool at a thrift store. I wanted to sell it at my craft booth, but the fabric was too dingy. It was time to face my reupholstering fears, and this foot stool was perfect for a beginner like me. Here’s how to reupholster a footstool, in seven quick and easy steps.

How to Reupholster a Footstool


+ a stool, bench or chair. This is what I started with:

How to Reupholster a Footstool in 7 Steps

a staple gun and heavy duty staples

fabric. Here are some eco-friendly fabric options that we would recommend! You could also use stinging nettle upholstery fabric. I used the amazing and eco-friendly burlap — it’s really in right now and sells quickly at my shop.


a screwdriver


1. Remove the cushion from the base of the stool. I only had to remove 4 screws at the bottom of the cushion/base.

2. At this point, you can remove the old fabric and then recover your cushion, or you can layer the new fabric on top of the old fabric. Due to the see-through nature of burlap, I chose the latter.

3. Put your cushion in the middle of your new fabric:

How to Reupholster a Footstool in 7 Steps

4. Tightly pull your fabric and begin to staple it around each edge like so:

How to Reupholster a Footstool in 7 Steps

I stapled every inch or so, just to make sure the fabric stays in place. Remember, pull the fabric tight — you don’t want any bumps or excess fabric.

5. The corners of the cushion are the trickiest part, so I suggest checking out this super helpful reupholstering tutorial from Little Green Notebook, or if you’re like me and need a video, watch this Youtube video. They helped me get incredible corners like this:

How to Reupholster a Footstool in 7 Steps

6. Once the corners are complete, your cushion should look like this:

How to Reupholster a Footstool in 7 Steps

7. Then, reattach the cushion to your base, and you’re all set!

How to Reupholster a Footstool in 7 Steps

Isn’t it so cute now? I know it will sell quickly– if I can let it go. I can’t wait to find other items to reupholster! Have you ever reupholstered anything before? If so, what was it and how did it go? Share your experiences with us in the comment section below.

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Hello! I'm Bonnie -- a craft nerd, musician, writer, furniture and vintage lover, crafter, and diyer! If you would like to learn more about me, I also have my own blog, Revolutionaries, where I write about more craft projects, furniture redos, and my faith! You can also find me on , Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

One Response to How to Reupholster a Footstool in 7 Steps

  1. Thank you so much for mentioning my little fabric shop! Thrilled to be mentioned on a great post, and the final product is super chic!

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