I live in an old house and much of my furniture fits the style and feel of the house. My husband and I inherited our dining room set from his parents and we absolutely love it. The only problem is having a 5yr old and a 2 yr old have taken their toll on the chairs. Spills, feet, knees, crayons, etc have stained the fabric on the seats. Thankfully, reupholstering a dining room chair is VERY simple. You don’t need to sew, you don’t need to be crafty…..all you need is some heavy duty fabric and a few tools:
Scissors…..Screwdriver…..Staple gun, and maybe a pair of pliers.
Here is the chair BEFORE:
Here is the chair AFTER:
Much better! So here is how to do it…..
I used some upholstery fabric which I purchased on sale. I bought about 3 yards (remember, home decor fabric comes about 54″ wide) and this was more than enough to cover the seat of 5 chairs.
First, turn your chair over and remove the screws that hold the seat to the frame:
Next, lay the seat on top of the new fabric and cut the fabric a few inches larger than the seat (make sure you leave enough to wrap around the bottom and cover about 1-2″. You can always trim extra fabric later.
If the chair doesn’t have too many reupholstered layers, you can put the new fabric right over the old, but if there are several layers you will want to remove the old fabric first – at that point you may even want to replace the batting, which you would do using the same technique.
I didn’t need to pull the old fabric off, so I will just be putting the new fabric right over what was already there.