Monday, March 30th

How to Reupholster a Chair

How to Upholster a Chair

In preparing for a move, I’m currently going through all my belongings and evaluating what deserves keeping and what goes in the donation pile. The opposite of a hoarder, I love throwing stuff out. It’s satisfying to declutter and keep possessions as lean and mean as possible, but maybe I’m too quick to pitch things.

Chair before reupholstering

For instance, this chair. I have a set of four and they aren’t too old, but my beloved monster cat, Chloe, scratched the seats to oblivion. We recently purchased some new chairs, but could really benefit from having some extra seating around for parties and things. I snooped around YouTube to see if upholstering the seats seemed like a project I could tackle in a day, and sure enough, it was easy.

Remove cushions from chair base

How to reupholster a chair

Most chair seats are simply held on by screws. Just flip the chair over and carefully unscrew. Set aside the base and screws, then get to work removing the staples. Depending on how old your chair is, the staples could be a simple or monumental task. The newer the chair, the more likely you’ll see aggressive stapling.

How to reupholster a chair, remove staples

How to reupholster a chair, remove staples

How to reupholster a chair, remove staples

My own situation was heinous, with hundreds of staples. The most tedious part of the job, I ended up cutting off the fabric and removing the worst of the staples, focusing on the corners using a small ice pick and needle nose pliers.

How to reupholster a chair

How to reupholster a chair

If the foam padding is in good shape, continue on to applying the new fabric. If not, you’ll need to get fresh foam cut to fit the size of the wood. Simply lay it on top or lightly glue it down if you like. Then center your base in the new fabric, leaving a few inches on each side.

How to reupholster a chair, staple the fabric

How to reupholster a chair, staple the fabric

How to reupholster a chair, staple the fabric

How to reupholster a chair, staple fabric

Using a staple gun, begin by affixing the fabric to the middle of each side. Continue your way around each side one at a time, working your way to the corners. Pull fabric tight before each staple, but don’t choke it. Smoothly fold the corners down in a few pieces, as if wrapping a gift box. Corners should look clean. Trim when you are done, making sure the holes are accessible for when you screw it back together. If your chair had a cover on the bottom, staple that on, too.

Then screw the seat back onto the chair and make sure it’s on there really well. And that’s it! An incredibly easy and affordable way to update your chairs that look outdated or a little rough.

How to reupholster a chair, chevron pattern

How to reupholster a chair, finished project

When I need to pull these out of my garage for extra seating, I won’t have to be embarrassed or glare at my cat. She has no interest in scratching these, by the way, as she prefers to sink her claws into leather or vinyl.

What DIY projects have you taken on lately? Have you ever restored furniture and given it another life? Share in the comments!

3 Responses

  1. No I’m the worst at DIY projects. LOL

    Looks like your kitty wanted to get in on the action, tho!

    darlene

  2. What a spiffy makeover! I change the fabric on my chair cushions as frequently as I change my hairstyle. Okay. Not THAT often.

  3. Optimista says:

    They turned out great! My butt can’t wait to meet them. 😉

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