Recovering a Chair

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recover a chair

We have two folding chairs that sit in our (my husband’s and mine, that is) office.  He sits at his computer with one – me at my sewing machine or serger with the other.  They’re functional, but they were in need of new padding and covers.  Recovering a chair is very simple and I thought I’d share with you how you do it!

First unscrew the cushions from the chair frame.

recover a chair

With a pair of pliers, remove all of the old staples holding in the old fabric cover and throw it away with the old foam that was used.

recover a chair

Cut a new piece of high density foam or similar to the size of your seat.

recover a chair

Wrap the chair bottom (with cushion) in the new fabric and secure in place using a staple gun.  Make sure your staples aren’t long enough to go through the seat bottom (usually 1/4″ works well for most chairs).   For a chair that will be used a lot, a home-decor weight fabric is best.

recover a chair

Secure the corners well, making them smooth on the finished side.

recover a chair

Trim any excess fabric and re-attach with your screws to the chair base.  And your done!

recover a chair

Repeat on the other chairs too!

recover a chair

4 Comments on Recovering a Chair

  1. Maria's Craft
    November 7, 2011 at 9:49 PM (6 years ago)

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [08 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  2. Sarah L
    November 7, 2011 at 10:36 PM (6 years ago)

    Great fabric, and this is a timely post. I just finished painting our dining room table (it’s been sitting in the garage for 6 YEARS waiting for the hubs to do it), and now I need to refinish all the chairs that came with it. Do you know of a good way to clean wooden chairs? I think they are going to need a good scrubbing, but I would rather not have to reseal them when I’m done.

  3. Atlas Handling
    November 4, 2012 at 12:02 AM (5 years ago)

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