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Chair Reupholstery

December 7, 2010

I have here a set of chairs that I reupholtered.  They were pretty drab and I don’t have the money to get new ones.  I was in my local Hobby Lobby and found a yard of fabric in the remnants bin for about $1.49.  Knowing what I know now, I would have gotten a piece that was little bigger because I was cutting it pretty close.  You need about an inch of fabric left so that you can staple it down without it unravelling.  On the flip side they seem to be holding up just fine.  It’s pretty easy to do.  Here’s how I did it.


  • About 1.25 yards of fabric
  • Staples


  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver

Est. work time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Step 1: Lay out your fabric and cut out a basic pattern. 

First thing you want to remove the old cushion.  On this particular chair, the cushion is simply held on by four screws from underneath.  Next, You may remove the old covering here and use it as a template for the fabric, but since this is such a basic pattern I just laid the cushion down on top of the pattern and cut a basic shape out. This is also where I wish I had a little extra fabric.  It was really close.  I only had one yard and I had to put the covering on pretty tight to get it to fit right. 

Step 2: Start applying the fabric.

You want to start stapling the centers and work your way to the corners..  Leave about 2 inches from the corners.  Pull the fabric tight leaving no slack.  Also remember that you don’t want to pull it too tight or you will end up with waves in the top of the cushion.  Plus you don’t want it pop loose when you sit on it the first time. 


Now you are ready to staple the corners.  If there is a tricky part to this project this is it.  You want to fold the corners in an accordian fashion so that the top looks seamless.  I folded it in three parts.  I applied a staple for every fold just to make sure it stayed in place.  Don’t worry though.  This part isn’t rocket science.  You will be able to figure it out when you get there.  Finally, I used a small hammer to nail those pesky staples that didn’t go all the way in.  Also, if you have a lot of excess fabric then use your scissors to trim that part down.

And this is how the top should look when you are done.

 Step 3: Reattach the cushions and enjoy your work!

Simply reattach the cushions the same way you took them off.  Four screws later and I am finished!


This was an easy little project.  For under $2.00, I gave my kitchen chairs a little more flair, and hopefully will get a little more life out of them in the process.