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DIY Upcycle: T-Shirt Stool Upholstery

By: Bob Clagett

T-Shirt Stool Upholstery

Getting Started

Remember the vintage Stones tee you thrifted 10 years ago? Or that intramural volleyball shirt you can’t seem to part with? If it’s still sitting at the bottom of your drawer, perhaps now is the time to give it a permanent spot in your house. For this t-shirt upcycle upholstery project, you’ll need an Arrow PT50 pneumatic staple gun or an Arrow T50ACD compact electric staple gun, any stool, and a T-shirt with some sentimental value.

You Will Need

Take your pick or use a combo of both

Materials Needed

Other Tools

  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Marker


  • T50 staples
  • Stool
  • T-shirt
  • Adhesive spray
  • Foam cushion
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Start Upholstering

Step 1

Place your stool upside down on top of the foam cushion and trace the outline of the seat using your marker.

Step 2

With the utility knife, cut out the foam cushion you outlined.

Step 3

Spray the top of the stool and the bottom of the foam cushion with spray adhesive, then stick the cushion onto the seat of the stool. Use the utility knife to create a beveled edge along the top of the cushion, smoothing out the foam.

Step 4

Now that the cushion is on, stretch your T-shirt over the cushion – pulling it tight and avoiding wrinkles – and staple it to the bottom of the stool seat. We used a PT50 pneumatic staple gun, but the T50ACD compact electric staple gun will get the job done too!

Finished Product

You could make a series of upcycle T-shirt stools for a home bar, or even use your new stool as a one-of-a-kind nightstand. We’d love to see how you use your DIY T-shirt stool! Share your work with us on Facebook and Instagram by tagging @ArrowFastener or using #MadeWithArrow.

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