How to Recover a Dining Chair

Recovering a dining chair is something that you have to do in a very specific way. Recover a dining chair with help from an interior designer, home staging expert, and Allied member of ASID in this free video clip.

Part of the Video Series: Interior Design 101

Video Transcript

Hi. My name is Meg Tawes, and I'm an interior designer. Now these upholstered leather chairs look great in a dining room, but they're also very expensive. For a lot less money, you can take a vintage dining room chair and completely transform the look just by changing the seat cover. The first step is to take the existing cushion and unscrew it from the frame. From there, you need to pick out a fabric, and I recommend doing something a little more fancy than you would do in a kitchen, for example. Then you want to take your cushion and measure the length and the width, and add a few extra inches in for the depth of the cushion itself. From there, use fabric scissors and carefully cut the appropriate length of the fabric. Then you need to get out your staple gun. Be very careful and apply a lot of pressure. You want to start from the longest straightest side and staple from the center all the way out. From there you'll move on the opposite side and make sure that the cushion and the fabric is pulled nice and tight. Repeat the same process on the opposite sides, and when you get to the corner, you want to make sure that you do pleats, just like this. From there, you can actually take the cushion and just screw it right back into the frame, and you'll have a completely different seat. So, the next time you're looking to update the look of your dining room, you don't have to splurge on expensive chairs. Just look to the cushion and consider reupholstering.

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