up­hol­stered footstool

Up­date a plain footrest with this sim­ple project

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Bring both com­fort and style to your liv­ing room with our sim­ple fab­ric footstool project, in­spired by Vic­to­ria’s cosy look. With no sew­ing re­quired, this up­hol­stery tu­to­rial is easy to fol­low and can be done in just two hours.

This sim­ple project can be adapted to re­uphol­ster a brand-new footstool (ours came from Dunelm). Al­ter­na­tively, you can use the same tech­nique to up­date an ex­ist­ing stool in your home that’s start­ing to look a bit tired, or if you’ve found one sec­ond-hand at a char­ity shop or boot sale.

How to


small footstool (we got ours in dunelm, £20) Mea­sur­ing tape fab­ric scis­sors 1/2m bos­worth fab­ric in cham­bray, £16.99 per m, pres­ti­gious tex­tiles fab­ric pins sta­ple gun

1Mea­sure your footstool and care­fully cut out a piece of fab­ric that’s large enough to cover the top and all four sides – al­low for an ex­tra 2cm on each side for the hem. Lay the fab­ric face down on a flat sur­face and place the footstool up­side down on top, so that it’s sit­ting di­rectly in the cen­tre of the fab­ric.

2Start­ing on one of the longer sides of the footstool, care­fully fold a hem along the edge of the fab­ric and neatly pin it to the un­der­side of the footstool. Fix in place us­ing a sta­ple gun and then start work on the op­po­site side, mak­ing sure you pull the fab­ric taut as you pin, then sta­ple in place.

3At each end of the footstool, cut a small semi-cir­cle of ex­cess fab­ric off each cor­ner to re­duce the bulk of fab­ric and al­low the fold to be neat. Fold and pin the re­main­ing fab­ric into place to the un­der­side of the footstool, then sta­ple in place. Re­peat at the other end to com­plete the footstool.

if you’ll be us­ing the stool as a spare seat when guests visit,try adding a layer of wad­ding be­neath the fab­ric to give a plumper fin­ish

DO IT IN 2hrs ele­phant cush­ion, £15; plain linen cush­ion, £20, both john lewis. gaser rug, £80, ikea. di­a­mond cotton throw, £17.99, argos




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