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Easy Way To Reupholster Your Chair Seat

Mar 22, 2021 07:31:43

Now, please, go to your kitchen and look at your chairs. Do they need some refreshment? If your answer is "yes", this project is surely for you. This time we will reupholster our old chair seats. This method is so easy that I`ve already decided to refresh the chair at my study too. Choose the colour of the fabric you like and let`s get started!

Things you need:

  • existing chair seats
  • *2″ high-density foam
  • fabric
  • sharpie
  • bread knife (or rotary cutter, electric carving knife, Xacto razor saw)
  • staple gun
  • staples
  • drill
  • yardstick

Step 1.

Remove your seat from the chair.

Step 2.

Cut your fabric. We were working with the end of the bolt (2 2/3 yards), so we had just enough for 6 squares, plus 2 extra if when we need to re-do a few chairs down the line.  If we had more fabric to work with, I would have given ourselves even more margin around the edges.  It’s always easier to trim down than try to stretch it when you’re in the staple phase.

Step 3.

Cut your foam. We cut our new foam pieces slightly larger than our original seats–one extra inch wide and tall.  That meant that with our original seat measuring 14 x 15 3/8″, we marked the foam with a sharpie so it measured 15 x 16 1/8″.

Step 4.

Staple down your fabric. Here’s where it really does take two to pull this off, so if you haven’t done so already, grab a pal or passerby along with your trusty staple gun.

  • staple down side A (center to ends)
  • staple down the opposite side, side C (center to ends)
  • staple down side B, one edge to the other, folding it like a package; cutting excess fabric if needed
  • repeat step 3 for side D
  • fill in the gaps with even more staples

Step 5.

Reattach your newly reupholstered seats to your chairs. And now you’re ready to flip that chair upside-down on the table again, grab your drill and screws from step 1, and reassemble your chair with its newly reupholstered seat cushion.

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