Asked on Dec 16, 2015

Looking for pattern for Ikea's Henriksdal counter height bar stool

Sonia Burrows
by Sonia Burrows
Hi. I'm looking for a pattern to Ikea's Henriksdal counter-height or even bar-height stool. Ikea has changed the measurements from when I bought my stools (2009) and enlarged the stool cover. From what I understand, they've made the seat and cover larger to accommodate the enlarging North American tush. Wow, talk about insulting. Whatever! Now my stools need recovering and the covers they sell now are way to large for my stool. I really don't want to go out and spend $400+ to buy the larger stool when mine are holding up well. I just need a pattern for the old one. Can anyone help? Thanks much.
  18 answers
  • Carefully take one of the old covers apart and use as a pattern to make new covers in whatever fabric you choose. A good seamstress can do this if you do not sew.
  • Patricia Mosso Patricia Mosso on Dec 18, 2015
    What she said ^
  • Opal Opal on Dec 18, 2015
    You could also measure the stool top, sides and underneath. Start with a scrap fabric (old sheet) to test before cutting your good fabric). You should be able to fold the corners and staple underneath using a staple gun for your finished product but a household stapler for your test. The backs look to be much like a pillow case and likely staple under the seat as well. If there is a black panel underneath (fine somewhat sheer fabric) you will want to take that off and get a good look at the guts. Upholstery is usually fairly straight forward and uses rectangles stapled on then trimmed and covered. The second one always goes faster. Good luck
  • Sonia Burrows Sonia Burrows on Dec 22, 2015
    Barbara/Patricia, I don't have the old covers to use as a pattern because I had already tossed them out thinking I'll just go buy new covers. That's when I discovered the size difference. Opal, while I can sew a straight line I don't have any experience in adjusting patterns. I don't have enough confidence to try something like that. I may be looking at having to buy new stools. Perhaps that was Ikea's intent.
  • Cheryle Fuller Cheryle Fuller on Dec 22, 2015
    make your own pattern. Take apaart the old ones and lay them out of paper, add 1/2" for the sewing margin and cut away. If you don;t have the old ones, take the measurements and make them to fit. You can drape the tops over (inside out) and adjust with pins, then sew. life is not hard, if you are thinking harder!
  • Alyabdelaly Alyabdelaly on Dec 24, 2015
    You can log in to www. pinterest and in search type stool you can select the cheapest cover ideas.
  • Alyabdelaly Alyabdelaly on Dec 24, 2015
    For example
  • Alyabdelaly Alyabdelaly on Dec 24, 2015
    for example
  • Sonia Burrows Sonia Burrows on Dec 24, 2015
    Please read my comments. Cheryle, I don't have old ones to take apart and alyabdelaly, the covers are no where near what I need.
  • Alyabdelaly Alyabdelaly on Dec 25, 2015
    Can you post a photo for your stools so we can figure out any solution.
  • Alyabdelaly Alyabdelaly on Dec 25, 2015
    But i think you can use any good fabric to cover the top
  • Sonia Burrows Sonia Burrows on Dec 25, 2015
    Here's a few pictures I've found. For the back of the chair there is a back panel and front panel, a seat panel of which part goes through the back and attached to velcro under the chair. There are four side panels that attach under the chair with velcro holding the cover in place.
  • Alyabdelaly Alyabdelaly on Dec 26, 2015
    look for the following photo pastern
  • Opal Opal on Dec 26, 2015
    After looking at the new pics, I think a slipcover method would be the way to go if you want to try it. Making a pattern is actually quite easy using a trace/rub off procedure. Basically you would trace the chair, add an extra 2-3" on the underside bottom areas that go under the stool, add 1/2" seam allowances on all sides and mark grain/pattern lines. These lines generally need to go top to bottom on all pieces for this type of project, then all lines need to go in the same direction when cutting out you fabric. Then sew up in a scrap fabric with wrong sides together (so that when fitting the seams are sticking out which makes it easier to adjust in the fitting part) using a basting stitch length of 5 and pinch out to fit while on the stool. Post if you want more detailed instruction.
  • Sonia Burrows Sonia Burrows on Dec 26, 2015
    Opal I appreciate your response but you may as well being speaking Greek to me. I'm a techie and if I said to you that when you travel and are in a different city or state and are having trouble sending email find out from the hotel who their internet service provider is. Then you will need to Google to find out what the ISP's outgoing mail server is so you can enter it into the advanced email settings to ensure you can send out email........would you understand that? I know you are trying to help, but I'm not good at this so I guess I'll just bite the bullet and by the new chairs, because I have no idea of what you speak. Sorry.
  • Opal Opal on Dec 28, 2015
    I'm not sure how it is relevant to your inquiry, but to answer your question, yes I do understand how to change email settings. I do get that pattern making is just not your thing, so I have nothing else to add. I hope you find some fabulous new chairs.
  • Stephanie Green Stephanie Green on Feb 21, 2021

    Opal - thanks for that information - I am just learning to sew but I am dying to make my own chair covers for these. Your info should really help.

    Sonia - If you look at Bemz or Comfort Works or do a search on Etsy, there are plenty of people who make Ikea chair/stool covers, for the old and new models. It won't be cheap but it won't be $400! Good luck!