When my roommate and I moved into our apartment, we had little to no furniture. In an effort to save some cash, we decided to buy the cheapest pieces we could find and fix them up later. We bought a kitchen table for just $30 off of Craigslist. With a little paint, the table looked great! The table also came with free wood chairs. However, even after a little paint on the wood, the rush seats were still looking worn and sad. We decided to upholster our chairs to cover the ugly stained woven seagrass chair seats. After gathering supplies and finding a cute patterned fabric, the chairs were looking much happier and fit perfectly in our kitchen. Do you have some chairs that need a makeover? Here are 5 quick steps for how to recover a chair seat.
How To Cover A Chair Seat In Just 5 Steps:
This tutorial for how to recover a chair seat is useful for all types of wooden chairs with worn seats. Whether you have a worn seagrass woven seat chair, a discolored rattan chair, or a rush seat that has seen better days, you can just cover it up with this quick hack to reupholster a chair seat.
Chair Reupholstery Supplies:
- Fabric of your choice
- Foam squares
- Staple gun and staples
- Felt (or something that can serve as a barrier)
DIY Chair Seat Upholstery Instructions:
First, measure the seat of one of your chairs. Then, cut the foam to fit the shape of the seat (if needed).
Take your felt (or any fabric that will serve as a barrier between the foam square and your fabric), and place it on top of your foam square. To keep it secure, stick a pushpin through the felt and the foam square. This will help it from moving around when you start placing the chair fabric down. Smooth out wrinkles and pull tight before pinning or repin as needed.
Set out the fabric and measure how much you’ll need for each seat. Then cut the fabric. Make sure you leave enough room for the fabric to wrap around the bottom of the chair about 2 inches on each side (we neglected to do this the first time and it costs us an extra trip to the store).
Place the fabric on top of the foam and felt. Cut around the edges of the chair if needed. Find a sturdy surface to set your chair on or turn it over.
Using your staple gun, staple the fabric to the bottom of your chair. While you are stapling, check to see if the foam or felt has moved around and adjust it. Also, continue to smooth out the fabric so you don’t get any wrinkles!
And that is how you can easily update your old frumpy chairs! Upholstering is a great way to save money and create one-of-kind pieces. Have you done similar projects? Tell us!