Bar stools are versatile but they are also expensive for the nice ones. So far too many of us wind up with cheap Wal-Mart folding bar stools. The flat tops with really bad fake leather just don’t work for most decor though. Luckily, it’s easy and cheap to recover the bar stools. In fact, it’s so easy you just might recover them for every holiday. So start dreaming of the fabrics you want to use and read on for this easy bar stool makeover.
Cheap Bar Stool
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Gun Sticks
Foam Padding (optional)
Obtain a Cheap Bar Stool
When purchasing a cheap bar stool, be sure to check under the stool top to make sure it is one that is fastened with screws.
Remove the Top
The first step is to remove the top of the bar stool. Most stool tops are held on by only 4 screws. Just unscrew the four screws and set in a safe place. These are flat end screws so you don’t feel them when you sit on the stool. If you chose to replace the screws for some reason, be sure to buy flat end replacements.
Cut the Fabric
Next you need to cut out a fabric square just larger than the top of the stool. No need to measure precisely, just lay the stool top on top of the fabric and cut around, leaving at least a couple of inches all around. Do use a square instead of cutting a circle. I chose a rustic style patchwork I made from scraps as the stool is for use in my sewing room.
Cut the Foam
If you are adding foam padding to get the puff top look, lay the stool top on the foam and cut around closely. For this cut, do cut in a circle.
Attach the Foam
Place the foam on top of the stool top. I like to add just a little bit of hot glue to the stool top so the foam will stay in place when you are working with the fabric.
Attach the Fabric
Place the stool top, foam side down, onto your fabric. Line up the square points so that they are between the screw holes in the bottom of the stool top. One at a time, pull the corners snug and glue to the underside of the stool top. Be careful not to burn yourself as you’ll have to hold the fabric in place a few seconds until the glue starts to harden.
Now fold the short edges of the fabric, similar to how you would fold the corner of a present when wrapping it, and secure that to the stool top with glue. Be sure not to cover the screw holes themselves. Don’t worry about it being neat (no one will see it) as much as keeping the fabric as flat as possible.
Reattach the Stool Top
Now all you need to do is reattach the stool top to the bar stool. Depending on the thickness of your fabric folds, you may need to pinch the stool top a little to add pressure to get the screws to catch.
All done! Enjoy your nicer looking and more comfortable bar stool!