Tuesday, August 28, 2012

DIY Reupholster Dining Room Chairs

Reupholster your dining room chairs!

This project doesn't take long. I think it should take about 30 minutes per chair from start to finish. But if you have a big helper, otherwise known as a helpful two year old, plan on taking hhhoooouuuuurrrrsss.
This is what the final product looks like a la my big helper ;)

The chair:
My big helper and her five year old brother are responsible for the condition of the upholstery on this chair ;)

First you will need to select a fabric that is appropriate for this project. You will need to select a heavy weight home decor upholstery fabric.

Then you will need to acquire your materials:
1) Fabric cutting scissors, 2) philips heads AND flat head screw drivers, 3) heavy duty stapler, 4) extra staples.

Then you will turn the chair over on its side to remove the seat cushion.

Using your Phillips Head Screw driver, remove the screws holding the seat cushion to the chair base.

Then use your flat head screw driver to remove the fabric from the cushion. You will be using this piece as your pattern to cut the appropriate sized piece for the cushion.

After you have used the old fabric to cut your new piece, place the cushion on the fabric and begin stapling.
Start with the sides. You will want to staple all the sides first pulling the fabric tightly.

The corners will end up looking something like this afterwards:

You will first clip off the excess, then cut a slit in remaining piece from the top to just before the base of the cushion.

Then you will tuck the remaining corner pieces under each other and staple.

Finished cushion

Then screw the cushion back on! And Voila! New Dining room chairs!

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