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Versatile Stools

A customized camp stool makes for more than just a convenient seat. Artfully refurbished, it will function as a nifty side table in a sunroom or on a porch.




  • Fabric 
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine
  • Sander
  • Paint
  • Staple gun


  1. Step 1

    Remove the existing canvas. Use it as a template to cut fabric for a new seat, making the fabric 1 inch wider. Fold each long side of the fabric over 1/4 inch two times; hem.

  2. Step 2

    Lightly sand the frame, and apply 2 coats of exterior paint; let dry. With a staple gun, attach one end of fabric to the underside of one of the frame's crossbars; repeat on other crossbar, stretching fabric taut.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2006



Reviews (4)

  • geoferr 30 May, 2013

    Use a tray or even just a colorfully painted square of 1/2 plywood on top of the stool to use it as a table. A large tile would work also.

  • gerdannette 10 May, 2010

    totally agree w/kellesmom!

  • kellesmom 29 Apr, 2010

    Unless you add some support bar under the canvas don't attempt to use this as a table. Anything with weight place on the canvas will cause the stool to fold and then collapse on the floor. It's a great way to add extra seating. And what's with the extra leg or whatever that is in the picture between the stool and the couch?

  • karenlas 1 Aug, 2009

    This is a great idea thanks