Oil drum stool

M-11[1]2 M-12

Recycled items

  • 37-litre empty oil drum

  • fabric (your choice)

  • 5cm wide upholstery webbing (length determined by circumference of drum)

  • 6cm thick sponge (enough to cut a circle to match diameter of drum)

Also needed

  • electric sander

  • damp cloth

  • pins, round needle, thread and scissors

  • fabric glue


  1. To add accent and appeal, sand the paint of the drum down with sandpaper. Grit or silicon carbide sandpapers are best for sanding metal. Use an assortment of grades, starting with grade 80 (coarse) and progressing through the grades to 120 (fine). This will ensure that any scratches made by the coarse grit will be polished away by the finer grit. It may seem like a lot of work, but if you use an electric sander, it will do most of the work for you!

  2. When you are satisfied with the finish, wipe it clean with a damp cloth.

  3. Measure a circle the same diameter as your drum stool onto the sponge. Use a pair of sharp fabric scissors to cut out the sponge circle, or ask your supplier to do it for you. 

  4. Measure and cut a fabric circle with a diameter 12cm larger than your sponge one.

  5. With the fabric circle right-side down, place the sponge circle in the centre of it. Fold the edges of the fabric up and over the edges of the sponge and secure with pins. When you are satisfied with the fabric’s positioning, sew it to the sponge. Once secure, remove the pins. For a neat finish, use fabric glue to paste webbing around the edge of the sponge seat.

  6. Secure the seat (wrong-side down) to the stool with fabric glue and leave to dry.

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