Upholstering a footstool is a good DIY project for beginners. A footstool is something in your living room that probably gets a lot of use and one of the first things that get some wear and tear. However, there’s no need to replace it or throw it out once you know who to cover a footstool with fabric. It’s a fairly simple project that does not require a lot of fancy tools, some of which you may already have lying around your home. Once you are done giving new life to your tired footstool, you will be impressed with the results and your own skills.
What Type of Fabric Do You Need?
Before we get into how to cover a footstall with fabric, let’s think about what kind of fabric you need. Maybe you want a new color or a new texture, but it’s also good to consider how your home activities will impact your choice of fabric.
If you are using a footstool for your feet, you want a fabric that is durable and does not show signs of dirt too quickly. This also applies if you use your footstool as a table, where you might place a tray of drinks or snacks. After all, you do not want to reupholster your footstool too often. If you have pets and kids at home, it’s also important to choose a fabric that can withstand all that fur, potential spills, and possible scruffs and scratches. For this purpose, a slipcovered material and distressed leather work well.
If you want something that screams luxury, fluffy wool and linen are great choices. Silk and faux suede are high-maintenance, but they will give your footstool a classy touch.
The most important aspect to consider when learning how to cover a footstool is the type of footstool you have. Solid colors look great on curved footstools, while patterns work well on square or rectangular footstools. And, it goes without saying, your choice of fabric should pair well with the other furnishings in the room, whether that’s a color story, pattern, or design style.
Measuring Your Fabric
Now that you have chosen your fabric, it’s important to get the right amount of fabric before we start on how to upholster a footstool. You do not want to end up with too little fabric, but it would also be a waste if you get too much. Follow these steps to get the measurements for how much fabric you need for an upholstery project.
Square or Rectangular Footstools
- Measure the top of the footstool from side to side. Add 1 inch for seam allowances.
- Measure the top again, but from front to back this time. Also, add 1 inch for seam allowances.
- Measure from the top of the footstool down to where you want the fabric to end. Again, add 1 inch for seam allowances.
- Double the width and length of the top measurements to get the measurements to cover the sides
Curved or Round Ottomans
- Measure across the top of the footstool from side to side. Add 1 inch for seam allowances.
- Measure from front to back across the top of the footstool. Again, add 1 inch for seam allowances.
- Measure the circumference of the footstool.
- Measure from the top of the footstool to where you want the fabric to end. Also, add 1 inch for seam allowances.
The Tools You Need
For how to cover a footstall with fabric, these are the items you need to gather.
- Your fabric of choice
- Measuring tape
- Staple gun
- Staple remover
- Ripping chisel or tack lifter
- Fire-retardant spray
How to Cover a Footstool
With your chosen fabric and tools, you can now follow these steps on how to cover a footstool with fabric.
- Remove the old fabric. This can be the most time-consuming step if the footstool has a lot of tacks and staples, securing the unwanted fabric. Use your ripping chisel or tack lifter to remove them.
- Once all the fabric has come off, take a good look at the footstool with your staple remover and pliers at the ready. Lift out staples from the old padding using the staple remover and, with the plier, pull out nails.
- Take your fabric and lay it over the stool. Make sure it is centered and smooth out any wrinkles. Secure the fabric in place with pins.
- Use your staple gun to secure the fabric to the frame of the footstool. Start in the middle, but leave out the corners.
- Turn over your footstool to secure the fabric to the underside. If the footstool has legs that can be removed, it’s best you get them off to make the job easier.
And there you have it! You have a fabulous new footstool, or at least people will think it’s new now that you know how to cover a footstool with fabric. With just the simplest tools and a great choice of fabric, you have breathed new life to a piece of furniture and switched things up in your living space. Reupholstering your footstool can just be the start of your many DIY furnishing projects. Find out more about footstools.