Reupholster a Chair Seat

You can add fresh flair to an old or drab chair with these step-by-step instructions for re-covering an upholstered chair seat.

| May 28, 2010

  • If I Had a Hammer
    “If I Had a Hammer” has more than 100 home improvement projects that are friendly on the environment and your wallet. Author Andrea Ridout offers easy-to-follow instructions and illustrations designed to make DIY simpler than ever.
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  • Reupholster chair seat
    You can use old drapes or even discarded clothes as new seating fabric for chairs with an upholstered seat.
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  • If I Had a Hammer
  • Reupholster chair seat

The following is an excerpt from If I Had a Hammer by Andrea Ridout (HarperCollins Publishers, 2008). No matter your DIY needs and no matter whether you’re a DIY novice or expert, home improvement guru Andrea Ridout has ideas, advice and expertise to share with you in her book. This excerpt is from Chapter 6, “Attractive Antiques, Charming Chairs and Fabulous Floors.” 

Chairs with an upholstered seat that fits into a frame are easy and inexpensive to re-cover using just a small amount of cloth. You can use old drapes or even discarded clothes as new seating fabric. Try mixing and matching patterns. This is a great job for a beginner or a teenager. Supplies are available at most fabric stores.

SUPPLIES 

Staple remover and pliers
Tape measure
1- to 2-inch thick foam upholstery rubber
Thick cotton upholstery batting
Fabric (usually nonstretchy, closely woven varieties)
Staple gun
Scissors and/or utility knife
Wood screws
 



DIRECTIONS 

1. Cut the materials. First, remove the old seat from the chair frame, watching out for sharp nails or staples. If the old batting or foam is brittle or hardened, it should be replaced with a new piece of foam rubber, cut to the same size as the chair seat. Also, cut a piece of cotton batting approximately 4 inches larger than the chair seat. Finally, cut a piece of fabric approximately 4 inches larger than the chair seat in each direction, making sure the fabric design is straight and centered on the chair seat.

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