No-Sew Vinyl Barstool Cushion DIY

Item # X-HT-300601

If you're a beginner looking for an easy, no-sew upholstery DIY, you can stop looking — you've found your project! Try your hand at upholstering a wooden barstool to match your home décor. This easy upgrade can be a fun afternoon project for a single wooden stool, or a breezy weekend DIY if you have a whole set of stools that could use some TLC. It's the perfect project for anyone who is new to upholstery or DIY.

We used EverSoft vinyl as the upholstery fabric for our stool seat.

Why should you take the time to put a cushion on a perfectly good wooden barstool? Well, let's be real — unpadded wooden barstools aren't the most comfortable furniture in the world. So, adding a cushion will do more than just match your décor. It'll provide another cushy seating option when you're hosting family and friends, or even when it's just you at home. And who doesn't like to have lots of comfy furniture pieces to choose from?

In this how-to video, we'll walk you through upholstering a plain wooden barstool. You'll learn how to measure and cut foam, batting and fabric to fit the stool's seat. We'll also show you how to install the fabric assembly onto the stool without sewing. We chose vinyl material for our seat cushion — and we can't wait to share our trick for using a common household item to reduce wrinkles in a finished vinyl upholstery piece.

This project only requires a few tools and materials, including a Sailrite® Upholstery Staple Gun and 1/4-inch staples, vinyl upholstery fabric (we used EverSoft™ Indoor/Outdoor Vinyl Fabric), high-density foam and polyester batting. This is a quick DIY for one or more wooden stools. When you're ready to learn how to upholster a stool, watch our how-to video below.

Did you try this simple upholstery project? If so, we want to know how it went! Share your experiences with this DIY in the comments section below.

If you’ve mastered this no-sew upholstery DIY and you're ready to move on to an easy sewing project, we have another barstool how-to you should check out. In our “How to Upholster a Barstool” (#XHT200697) video, you'll learn a simple pattern for a barstool cushion with decorative piping. Give it a try today!

Materials List:

  • EverSoft™ Indoor/Outdoor Pacific Blue 54" Vinyl Fabric (#122472)
  • 21 Gauge 1/4" (6mm) Staples 5,000/Box (Stainless Steel) (#58006SS)
  • High Density Polyurethane Antimicrobial Foam (Firm) 1" x 24" x 80" (#281F2480)
  • Polyester Batting White 55" .50" Loft (5 yds.) (#100158)

Tools List:

  • Sailrite® Long Nose Upholstery Staple Gun (#121411)
  • Wipe Off Fabric Marker Blue (#123135)
  • Professional Stainless Steel 11" Scissors (#123616)
  • Staple Lifter (#120037)
  • Tape Measure 120" (#102986)
  • Pliers