One of the easiest ways to give a chair an instant update is to reupholster the seat. If the term reupholster leaves you doubting your skills, have no fear. We’re not talking about stripping down a 1950’s loveseat and starting from the ground up. With a little fabric, staple gun and 30 minutes of free time, this simple project will earn you a gold star in the DIY department.
Let’s take a glimpse at our project before we start…
Great bones, but the faded fabric was definitely not doing this piece an ounce of justice. Nothing a bit of fresh upholstery can’t fix.
- Upholstery fabric (1 yard should be plenty for 2 chairs)
- Batting (found at any fabric/craft store)
- Staple gun
- Upholstery staples
Start with a little demo…
Most dining chairs are constructed so that the seat can be easily detached from the chair frame by loosening a few screws.
Once the seat is free, remove old layers of fabric and batting. If you are feeling a bit obsessive, you can pluck each staple to release the fabric. If you’d prefer to save time (and patience), cut a few corners by using scissors or a razor blade to do the dirty work for you.
Add a little cushion…
Cut your batting so that 3-4 inches are left surrounding the seat. Working your way around the seat, secure the edge of the batting to the underside of the seat with staples. Feel free to get a little staple happy. Seriously, don’t be shy!
Bring on the new clothes…
Be sure to use an upholstery fabric for this project. Don’t skimp and use thinner material. You’ll want a thicker fabric that can handle the wear and tear over time.
Just as we did for the batting, cut your fabric with a few inches to spare around the edges of the seat.
Next up, secure the fabric to the chair with staples. To prevent unsightly creases, be careful not to pull the fabric too tightly.
Once the fabric is locked and loaded, all that remains is to reattach the seat to the frame of the chair using the same screws we removed earlier.
Check it out! An updated chair in a matter of minutes.
Photo Credit: Cara Wilkerson