Rope-Seat Stools

Rope-Seat Stools

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2003


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

  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. 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.


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