Home of the unboring home.
Roger Hazard and Chris Stout-Hazard.
Cart | Checkout
Our Products
Ideas & Tips
Projects
Blogs
Info
Contact
The Modern Farmhouse

Recovering a Piano Stool with a Bath Mat

By Chris Stout-Hazard

We wanted to add substance and texture to this wire piano stool, so we recovered it using a chenille bath mat with big, soft pom-poms.

Recovering most chairs is a fairly straightforward process. The seat can typically be separated from the base by removing a few screws. If the seat foam is still in good condition, it is easiest if you cover right over the existing fabric. With most fabrics, all you will need is a pair of scissors and an upholstery stapler.

Tip: You might be able to get by with a desk stapler or general-purpose staple gun. However, I strongly recommend spending around $20 on a real upholstery stapler if you're going to be doing more than one recovering job, as it will perform better when driving staples into the wood board that forms the seat.

After removing the seat, I laid the bath mat face down on the floor and placed the seat on it. I trimmed away the excess material but left a healthy border to give me some flexibility; you can always trim away extra fabric after affixing it to the seat, but you definitely don't want to cut it too close on the first attempt.

Because I was working with a chenille mat with a very thick pile, I had to fiddle with it a bit. It wasn't easy to staple, and the staples alone wouldn't hold the fabric in place because the material was so soft. In the end, I used the staples to keep it in place, then replaced the base, screwing through the bath mat and tightening everything enough to allow the metal rim of the base lock the mat into place. After reassembling the stool, I trimmed away the excess mat and a few pom-poms that were hanging down too low.

Sources:

Pin It
Chris Stout-Hazard
Chris Stout-Hazard · Founder · Roger + Chris · Sharon Springs, NY
Chris Stout-Hazard leads product design and development for Roger + Chris and co-stars with Roger in Roger That. MORE ABOUT Chris Stout-Hazard

Hot right now on Roger + Chris

They said we couldn't do it.
They said it was impossible to build affordable wood furniture in the USA. They were wrong.
Life in 279 Square Feet
This modern pre-fab home is built for compact, off-the-grid living.
Bragging: Roger + Chris Higgins Sofa in One of New Orleans' Hottest Restaurants
We're proud to be a part of the stylish New Orleans restaurant Square Root.

What do you think? Share your thoughts below!

RELATED POSTS
Modern Farmhouse Powder Room
Tour Roger and Chris' powder room.
Going Into Your Closet Should Be As Easy As Coming Out Of One
Everyone complains about a lack of closet space, mostly because we humans are like goldfish - we grow to the size of our container.
How Paint Turned a Forgotten Piano into a Showpiece
How the heck do you paint something like a piano?
Light up. Get high.
JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER

Design ideas, new stuff. discounts, and the occasional puppy photo. Sign up! All the cool kids are doing it.