6 Genius Pool Noodle Furniture Ideas You Need to See

Move over expensive furniture stores, pool noodles are taking over! Forget just using them in the pool, these colorful pool floats are now being transformed into surprisingly stylish and affordable furniture.

This roundup of pool noodle furniture ideas explores several creative DIY projects from talented Hometalkers that will have you turning your leftover pool noodles into everything from comfy couches to chic headboards...

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In The Swim Pool Noodles (40 Pieces)

1. Pool noodle couch

First up is this incredible tutorial by Fashion Attack, which shows how to make a couch using pool noodles!

Here are the materials you'll need:

  • Pool noodles
  • Wood boards
  • Wood beams
  • Tools (measuring tape, marker, jigsaw, drill, screwdriver, nails, hammer, knife)
  • Fabric
  • Staple gun

The first steps involve building the wooden frame of the couch, including the base, back, and sides. The beams are used to reinforce the structure.

Then, you'll cut pool noodles in half lengthwise and staple them to the fabric, which is wrapped around the wooden frame. This creates the cushion of the couch.

Here are her top tips:

  • Use a piece of string and marker to draw a perfect curve for the rounded sides of the couch.
  • Cut pool noodles lengthwise by starting a cut with a knife and then dragging the noodle through the knife.
  • When stapling the fabric with pool noodles in place, staple along the top and then down the sides to avoid smushing the fabric.
DIY pool noodle couch by Fashion Attack

2. Pool noodle bed frame

It doesn't stop there; next, Fashion Attack demonstrates how to make a bed frame using pool noodles!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Pool noodles
  • Knife
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker
  • Wood (cut to the size of your bed, or ask for cuts at a hardware store)
  • Jigsaw (or have the wood cut for you)
  • Staple gun
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • L-brackets
  • Screwdriver
  • Crates (optional, for the bed base)


  1. Cut the pool noodles in half lengthwise.
  2. Wrap fabric around the wooden pieces, stapling the nice side facing outwards first.
  3. Place pool noodles under the fabric and staple them in place. Repeat for three sides.
  4. Skip step 3 for the back of the bed frame, as it won't be seen.
  5. Connect the wooden pieces using L-brackets at the corners.
  6. Place your mattress on the bed frame.
Pool noodle bed frame

3. Pool noodle headboard (arch style)

What can we say, Fashion Attack is obsessed with pool noodles! This time, she instructs you on creating a curved headboard out of pool noodles, using an IKEA MALM bed.

Here's what you'll need:

  • IKEA MALM bed (or buy it unassembled)
  • Drill
  • Knife
  • Foam rolls
  • Staple gun
  • Fabric
  • Jigsaw
  • Marker
  • Pool noodles
  • Tape


  1. (Optional) Disassemble the MALM bed.
  2. Add foam for cushioning to the headboard and front part of the bed frame. Cover them with fabric.
  3. Reassemble the bed frame.
  4. To make the arched headboard, use a large piece of wood (ideally cut from the bed) and draw a curved shape. Cut it out with a jigsaw.
  5. Cover the headboard with foam and fabric.
  6. Place pool noodles along the curve and mark where the fabric needs to be stapled. You might need to tape two pool noodles together if one isn't long enough.
  7. Cover the pool noodles with fabric and staple them to the headboard.
Pool noodle headboard by Fashion Attack

4. Pool noodle headboard (upholstered style)

Instagrammer Jessica also has an idea for a pool noodle headboard. This tutorial shows how to make a DIY upholstered headboard for much less than buying one in a store.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Hardboard (cut to your desired size)
  • Pool noodles (thick, 20 needed)
  • Black velvet fabric (with extra for stapling)
  • 3M adhesive spray
  • Staple gun
  • Marker
  • Sharp knife or box cutter
  • Straight edge (scrap wood)


  1. Draw a straight line down both sides of the pool noodle and cut them in half lengthwise.
  2. Lightly spray adhesive on the hardboard and attach the pool noodle halves.
  3. Cut off any excess pool noodle material.
  4. Lightly spray adhesive on each pool noodle half and lay it on the fabric. Tuck the fabric into the creases. Repeat for all the noodles.
  5. Let the adhesive dry, then flip the headboard over and staple the extra fabric to the back of the hardboard. (Optional) Attach the headboard to the wall using a French cleat.
Pool noodle headboard by Jessica

5. Pool noodle bar stool

Next, this is a tutorial by [re]FɄB19 on how to refurbish a stool with leftover wood, fabric, and pool noodles.

Here are the steps:

  1. Paint the stool black.
  2. Cut pool noodles in half lengthwise (15 inches long each).
  3. Mark the seat every 2.25 inches to match the width of the pool noodle halves.
  4. Cut leatherette fabric slightly wider than the pool noodle halves.
  5. Glue the pool noodles onto the stool seat following the marks.
  6. Staple the leatherette fabric over the pool noodles.
  7. Insert jute rope in the gaps between the pool noodles and staple them to the wood.
  8. Sew a skirt for the stool using kodel fabric and leatherette. Attach the skirt to the stool.
  9. Add upholstery nails for decoration.
Pool noodle bar stool by [re]FɄB19

6. Pool noodle footstool

Finally, Mother Daughter Projects shares 7 different pool noodle projects, including how to make a footstool using pool noodles:

  • You'll need 19 pool noodles.
  • Arrange the pool noodles in a circular shape, but it's actually more hexagonal. You can glue them together in sections (1 row of 5, 2 rows of 4, 2 rows of 3) or one row at a time from the center outwards.
  • Use hot glue or glue dots to secure the noodles together. Double-sided velcro can help hold them in place while the glue dries.
  • After gluing, trim any uneven noodles for a cleaner look (it's easier to keep them even from the start).
  • Wrap duct tape around the entire bundle to reinforce it.
Pool noodle footstool

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