How to Reupholster a Footstool

As I found out this is a starting point in any upholstery journey. Its rather simple to complete and I found it really helpfull to hone my skills here is my how to guide I hope you enjoy and if you do dop me a comment thanks Mitchell Stuart.

Reupholstering your old footstool could see a once damaged or sagging piece of furniture revitalised into a custom piece that has pride of place in your living room. Reupholstering could see you change the cushioning and material of your footstool into something more in keeping with your taste or you could use this quick and simple method to simply make improvements to an already great piece of furniture.

Part 1 – Making Structural Fixes

  1. Required Materials – Depending on what work needs to be done, you could need the following tools to reupholster your footstool:
  2. Flathead screwdriver to remove staples
  3. New fabric to replace damaged or stained fabric
  4. New padding if padding is damaged or needs renewing
  5. A staple gun to reattach padding and fabric
  6. Replacement wood pieces if the footstool is structurally damaged
  7. Tacks to hold the fabric in place
  8. A hammer
  • Remove Staples – With your flathead screwdriver, remove all the staples holding down the fabric on your footstool. You will find these staples underneath the seat of the footstool, usually found by turning it upside down. If the fabric is secured with nails, it may be easier to use a hammer.
  • Take off the Fabric – After removing all the staples, take off the fabric and the padding that is covering the footstool. If any of this is damaged, discard and replace with new fabric and padding. If it’s still good to use, then place this to the side.
  • Check for Structural Damage – Whilst the fabric and padding are off, it’s worthwhile checking the footstool for structural damage. If you notice any damage that needs repairing, you will need to do this before reupholstering.

If you have a wobbly leg due to a loose screw fitting, take a small splint and insert it into the screw hole. This should be enough to tighten the screw and prevent the leg from wobbling.

  • Replacing Wood Pieces – Remove damaged wooden pieces by loosening the screws or nails that hold it to the footstool. Depending on how confident you are, you can replicate the wooden pieces from bits of wood or you can take the broken pieces to a local carpenter and have them replicated for you.
  • Attach the New Pieces to the Footstool – After you have created or bought replacement pieces attach these to the footstool by using a staple gun or a hammer and nail if you prefer. Ensure that you attach the correct pieces to the correct locations as making mistakes might mean that you need another replacement piece.

Part 2 – Reupholstering the Footstool

  1. Assess the Fabric and the Padding – You will need to assess the removed padding and fabric to see if it needs replacing. To determine whether it needs to be replaced you should consider the following things:
  2. Check for tears, holes, stains or other imperfections. If you notice any then you will need to discard the fabric and replace it with a new one. When deciding on a replacement you should consider getting a thick fabric as it will be less prone to tearing.
  3. Assess whether the damage can be repaired by sewing up tears or cutting the edges.
  4. Consider whether the fabric was just ill fitting. If it was you may not need to do anything with it and just reposition it back on the footstool.
  5. Consider whether the original padding is sufficient for the footstool. If not, more padding might need to be added to the original to make it more comfortable.
  • Attach the Padding and Fabric – Attach the new or repaired fabric and padding and slip them back on the footstool. Adjust them so that they are positioned where they need to be. If need be you can tuck excess material underneath the footstool. To avoid lumps and bumps ensure that you pull the fabric taut over the footstool otherwise you may need to remove it and start again.
  • Secure the Padding and Fabric in place – After you have the fabric and padding in place turn the footstool upside (being careful not to reposition the materials) and tack them in place. The tacks are a temporary solution to ensure that you have positioned the materials correctly before stapling the material in place.
  • Staple the Fabric – Go over the fabric with your staple gun and secure the fabric into place. To ensure that it is done correctly, it may need two of you so ask a friend to secure the fabric to prevent mistakes being made.

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