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Rope-Seat Stools




We used durable rock-climbing rope (available at sporting-goods stores; nylon rope from a hardware store is a strong, inexpensive alternative) in shades of orange and taupe to create dynamic -- and sturdy -- swirls of color. The tightly braided nylon rope is water- and stain-resistant, making it ideal for lunch at the kitchen counter or a barbecue by the pool.




  • Rock-climbing or nylon rope
  • Lighter
  • Sandpaper
  • Wooden stool
  • Caulking gun
  • Construction adhesive (available at hardware stores)


  1. Step 1

    To prevent fraying, singe one end of the rope with a lighter; then sand it to remove any black char.

  2. Step 2

    Lightly sand stool top. Using a caulking gun, gingerly apply construction adhesive to the stool's center. Roll a 3-inch spiral of rope to start, and glue it down by holding it for a few seconds until secure.

  3. Step 3

    Continue gluing and spiraling as you go, until the top and sides of the seat are covered. Snip off the end, singe and sand it, and glue it under the seat.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2003




Reviews (4)

  • deutzberger 28 Jul, 2009

    Check out a boating or marine store, you might find different types of rope in various colors, but still not cheap if you need 45'.

  • deutzberger 28 Jul, 2009

    Check out a boating store, you might get it cheaper and in various colors.

  • lam23m 24 Jul, 2009

    KIm how do u figure out how much rope to buy does it come in any exciting colors?

  • Kim-n-Roger 9 Jun, 2009

    This was really awesome! I did it to two of my kitchen stools. The rope was kind of pricey and I needed to buy about 45ft of rope per stool...