How to Make Wood Back Slat Chairs Comfortable


A wooden slatted chair is lightweight and allows rain and other moisture to slide right off it. Unfortunately, the wooden slats can be a little uncomfortable when you rest on them for extended periods of time. The spaced bars can dig into your back and fail to offer the right amount of support where you need it. It is possible to make the wooden backs of these chairs more comfortable without sacrificing the benefits of the wooden chair's interesting shape.

Things You'll Need

  • Foam
  • Cloth
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Liquid soap
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Purchase strips of foam the length and width of the wooden slats. If you cannot find the correct size of foam strip, purchase some strips larger than what you need and cut them down to size.

  • Wrap the foam strips in a soft cloth of your choice (preferably something that is water resistant, if the chair sits outside). Ensure the strips of fabric are large enough to wrap over the face of the foam strip and around the back. Use fabric glue to attach the cloth to the back of the foam strip.

  • Wash down the back of your chair to remove all dirt and grime using hot water and soap. Let it dry.

  • Insert a stick of clear hot glue into a hot glue gun. Let the hot glue gun heat up.

  • Apply the hot glue to the faces of the wooden slats of the chair. Apply a line around the edges of the wooden slat and one squiggly line down the center of the slat.

  • Press the clothed foam strips against the wooden slats of the chair while the hot glue remains wet. Press the strip down firmly and hold it until the glue completely dries. Continue applying the foam in this manner until the slats of the chair all have a foam strip.

  • Sit in the chair and test its comfort level. You should notice that the wood puts a lot less pressure on your back.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may need to hang a pillow over the back of the chair if the foam strips are not comfortable enough.

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