Reupholstering a Vanity Stool
A simple and inexpensive way of having a beautiful personalized vanity stool is by reupholstering it yourself. Giving new life to an old or worn out stool is a relatively easy task that can be done in less than an hour.
Also known as vanity bench, the vanity stool is a comfortable and a beautiful component in your bedroom. Whether upholstering is needed due to wear and tear, or you're upgrading it with your new bedroom design, anyone can do it, even a beginner. Follow these easy steps:
Step 1 – Choose Your Fabric
To cover your new vanity stool, you need less than a yard of fabric. Measure the old upholstery, to guide you for the amount of fabric to buy. Purchase upholstery material, since it is more durable. While making your choice match the right colors or design that will compliment with your bedroom.
You might want to buy some extra material, to make cushions for the room, to compliment your new stool’s upholstery.
Step 2 - Remove the Seat
Turn the stool upside down and remove any bolts, screws or nails that are holding the frame. Once all hardware is cleared, take off the seat. With the screwdriver, remove the staples holding the old fabric. Keep the old cover, to help you cut on the right measure the new fabric. Remove the old foam without tearing it, so you will use it later for measuring.
Step 3 – Making a New Cushion
Use the old vanity stool cushion to guide you when cutting out the size of the new foam. To successfully glue the new foam to the seat, spray a generous amount of adhesive on the wood. Make sure you put the foam in the right position on the seat, than press. Turn the stool upside down, and let it dry for 1 hour.
Step 4 - Cutting the Upholstery Material
Now it is time to cut your new fabric. Working on the floor or on a flat surface, open and smooth it properly. Put the old fabric on the new, and using it as a guide, cut out your upholstery material. If you are unsure of holding the 2 pieces together properly, there is another option. You can trace your old stool cover on a paper or newspaper. Then pin the sketch to the upholstery material, and cut.
Step 5 - Covering the Seat
With the print facing down, center the seat on the fabric. Pull the fabric evenly around the seat. Stretch 1 corner firmly, and secure with your staple gun. Repeat on the opposite side, and then proceed with the other 2 corners. Pull and fold over the remaining loose fabric. Staple the rest of the material around the stool. For a better finish, cut any extra fabric beyond the staples. Finally, turn the stool over, and put it in place. The job is done.
Remember, take your time during this process to make sure the new upholstery is fitted properly.