DIY chair reupholstering

If you have the time and determination, you can reupholster anything. I promise you! Now I understand that it’s not for everyone, but doing it yourself can save you hundreds, and even thousands, of dollars. The easiest type of reupholstery project is a simple seat redo, like this one:

First, I took the seat off. The seats are generally screwed in from the bottom, so just turn the chair upside down and unscrew the seat. Save the screws for later.

I then proceeded to paint the chair. I took a sample of the paint with me to the fabric store so I could find a coordinating fabric I liked. Always bring a paint sample with you!! It will save you lots of time and headaches later.

If you can wrap a present, you can reupholster a seat.

You will need 1/2 yard to 1 yard of fabric, depending on your seat size, and a staple gun. I used the seat as my guide and simply laid it down on my new fabric, cut a piece that was much larger than the seat itself, folded it over on both sides, then stapled it tightly. Then I proceeded with the other two ends by folding in the corners, and pulling the fabric up over the seat and stapling securely. Just like a Christmas present!

I then set it back on top of my painted chair frame and screwed it back in place. I simply went over the old red fabric with the new blue fabric. You could certainly remove the old fabric and batting, replace the batting and recover the wood seat as described above, if you want. It wasn’t necessary for this chair.

If you don’t know what upholstery batting is it is the fabric padding between two layers of upholstery covering and it is typically made from materials such as foam, cotton, or polyester. I have not done a lot of reupholstery, but I haven’t had the need as of yet to replace batting entirely. You will find any type of batting you may need near the upholstery fabrics at your local fabric store.

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