Use a Leather Jacket to Cover a Worn Footstool

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I had a woven footstool that was beginning to come apart. Instead of purchasing expensive reed to re-weave it, I decided to cover it with genuine leather from a secondhand coat I purchased for two bucks! I left the woven part of the stool intact to create stability. The upholstery tacks were 97 cents. Total cost of project - $2.97. Leather Jacket Footstool -refinishing a footstool


Approximate Time: 2 hours



  • genuine leather coat or other garment
  • scissors
  • staple gun
  • upholstery tacks
  • hammer
  • tape measure


  1. First, remove the lining from the jacket. I simply cut it out with scissors.
  2. Place the center back of the jacket over the stool to determine how to best cut the jacket.
  3. Leather Jacket Footstool - Determining where to cut.

  4. While holding the jacket in place, flip the stool over and cut away the excess from the jacket so you will have a manageable piece of leather to work with.
  5. Pull one side of the leather over the wooden support and staple in place using a staple gun.
  6. Leather Jacket Footstool - Stapling leather to underside.


  7. Flip the stool over, and turn the leather under around the top of the legs so that no raw edges can be seen.
  8. Leather Jacket Footstool - Turning and fitting the leather around the top of the legs.

  9. Do the same on the opposite side; then repeat on each end.
  10. Trim away any excess leather from the bottom.
  11. Next, measure the bottom of the stool and add about 1/2 inch to all four sides to turn under.
  12. Cut a piece of leather this size.
  13. Turn one side under 1/2 inch, and apply upholstery tacks along the edge.
  14. Leather Jacket Footstool - Covering the center of the underside with the final piece of leather.

  15. Repeat on other three sides.

Leather Jacket Footstool -Recovered footstool.


By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC

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February 9, 20120 found this helpful

Wow, not only is this super thrifty, it turned out looking really great! It's better than brand new.

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February 9, 20120 found this helpful

You did a fantastic job! It looks really "high end" now.

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