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Easy Round Barstools Redo

Find out how to redo your bar stools to make them look like new again.

After we remodeled our house back in Osakis, Minnesota, we went out and bought some round swivel bar stool chairs for the breakfast counter. The house got sold and we moved on but the chairs have been a mainstay in our kitchen ever since.

Our bar stools have a nice back to them and they’re comfortable enough to be used regularly, alas they started to show some wear and tears in the fabric. If you have stools without backs you can just buy new slipcovers for the seats. It’s harder with the backs, luckily I had some sturdy fabric on hand so I re-upholstered our bar stool seats instead.

Scroll down to see pictures and step by step DIY instructions to re-do your own bar stools. 

Barstool recovering instructions

DIY Seat Upholstery Items Needed:

  • Foam
  • Heavy Duty Fabric
  • Staple Gun & Stables
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Black Marker
  • Screwdriver or Cordless Drill


Take a black marker and trace the amount of foam that you need.  We laid the new foam on top of the old seats to get the right size and shape. A heavy duty scissors makes light work of cutting out the shape for the cushions.

Next, measure out a square piece of the cover fabric. Measure about two inches extra from the seat itself.

We didn’t want to come out short after we got started so adding a little extra gave us some wiggle room. While Silke was measuring and cutting I proceeded to take the legs off the stools. It was all one base and it was no hassle at all to remove them. Having the seat off would make stapling the material to the seat base that much easier.

With the fabric laid out and the new foam and bar stool seat centrally placed you’re ready to begin stapling. We left the old fabric and cushion on and simply covered the old with new.

Through a series of folding patterns (see picture below) work your way around the whole seat and staple as you go. By folding the material and laying it down we avoided the seat cover material from bunching all together at the end. The corners had excess material that was cut off at the end.

tips to redo barstools

fold fabric for bar stools and staple down

make old round bar stools new again

End result of our re-upholstered bar stools.

We were both amazed at how easy and how inexpensive this DIY project was. To go out and buy new bar stools (or even slip covers) would have been a lot more expensive than the amount we put into refurbishing our existing furniture.

Have you refurbished any bar stools or furniture in your house? Tell us about it in the comment section below.

We hope you enjoyed our DIY project,

Nick and Silke Jager

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