In this Instructable, I will be detailing "How to Unprofessionally Upholster a Stool". The steps are very simple and few therefore any one could do it.
Here is the material list:
- A basic stool
- One thick yoga mat (I borrowed my wife's but please don't tell her)
- One can of spray adhesive
- One large scrap of leather
- One pack of upholstery tacks
- large drawing compass - (I used a cresent wrench because it was the correct size)
- Screw gun (cordless) and a 1/16 drill bit
- A tack hammer
- A sharpie
- Optional - a pair of latex gloves
I was able to film and complete the task in under an hour.
Step 1: Measuring Out the Size of the Pad
The first step is to measure out the pad. Just place the stool on the pad and draw out the size with a sharpie.
Step 2: Cutting Out the Pad
Simply, cut around the drawn circle for more comfort; I cut out three circles to add more padding.
Step 3: Spray Gluing
In this step, I use the spray adhesive to tack together the three pads of foam and the top of the stool.
Step 4: Quick Tip
Clean out the spray adhesive nozzle by turning up-side-down and spraying until the flow runs clean. This is not a step of the build but a helpful tip to get the most out of your spray adhesive.
Step 5: Placing the Pads
In this step, place all of the foam pads on the stool like three perfect blue pancakes.
Advice: you may want to use some latex gloves to avoid sticky fingers.
Step 6: Sizing and Cutting Leather
In this step, you have to judge the size of the leather to cover both the stool and the pads. What is important is getting the leather to reach an inch beyond the circular section of the stool's seat. Once the size is determined; draw out the circle with a large drawing compass with a sharpie and use your scissors to cut it out.
Step 7: Drilling Out Tact Holes
Place the leather on the stool and align it where the leather is equally hanging off the sides of the stool's seat. My approach of placing the tacks was to drive tacts into the rim of the seat at the four quarter center points to begin. Note: currently I am only piercing one layer of leather. As I progressed placing tacts, I began folding the leather to pierce two layer of leather. When I had established a second set of quarter tacks the first set was removed to pierce two layers of leather. I continued placing tacks in a uniform pattern until the tacks secured the leather.
The key to this step, is drilling just deep enough that the tacts still bite into the wood about 1/8 inch. I use a (brick) hammer to force the tacks into the wood.