Footstools are great to put your feet up… to relax after a long day. Not only are they comfy, they provide your tired feet with the elevated support they need! It can be hard to find the right shape, size and fabric you want all in one footstool, so why not make one? They’re much simpler to make than you may first think…
Ever thought of upholstering a small side table as a footstool? They’re sturdy, come in all sorts of sizes and you can use whatever coloured fabric you would like!
Once you have all the equipment you need you can begin making your very own footstool. Follow our simple ten stop process:
Step 1 – Place the buttons on top of your side table where you will want them to sit and mark these positions with a pencil.
Step 2 – Make a hole in the top of the side table where you marked with the pencil.
Step 3 – Cut the foam to the size of the table top and place on the table with the fabric covering it, ensuring that there is a 15cm overhang of fabric on all sides.
Step 4 – Work from the centre, pass the upholstery needle through the button loop and stitch through the fabric, foam and hole in the side table top. Pull tightly to ensure a flush finish.
Step 5 – Pass the needle underneath the table and in and out of the two holes of a flat button, pulling it taut, and then push it back up through the hole, repeating this step several times to ensure it is secure.
Step 6 – Continue adding the buttons.
Step 7 – Turn the table over and begin pulling the fabric from the edges tightly towards the middle of the frame and staple in place.
Step 8 – Continue stapling the other sides.
Step 9 – In each of the corners pull the fabric down and secure this before folding and stapling the pieces either side, creating a pleat.
Step 10 – Trim any excess fabric and attach any decorative trimmings or additional features.
Now, time to put your feet up and enjoy your footstool!
To make things even easier for you, we have put together a Footstool Kit that comes with a free tuition DVD. Making your own footstool couldn’t be easier.
We hope these steps have provided you with the information you need to make your very own footstool. If you would like further advice or information, please contact the team at JA Milton on 01691 624023.