Weekend Reupholstery Project

It’s amazing how a simple change can brighten up a room. Last weekend my husband helped me reupholster our dinning room chairs. I was very thankful for a second set of hands. Reupholstering a chair can be done by one person but is much easier with help due to having to pull the fabric tight.  chair compare

What you need:

  • Fabric
  • Screwdriver
  • Staple gun
  • Staples

First, you need to remove the seat from the chair.  Use the seat to measure the fabric, be sure to add a couple of inches to ensure there will be enough material to fold over all sides. You can remove the old fabric from the seat or leave it on.  We decided to leave it on due to save time and to avoid hours of removing staples.

old seat '

Next, pull the fabric tight and staple one side at a time. It is easiest if you place a staple in the center of the side you are securing and work your way out, alternating sides from the first staple.  Leave about a two inches unstapled at each corner. This will make it easier to pleat the corners uniformly (you can fill in the gaps once the sides are pleated). Once all of the sides and corners are stapled, you can trim the excess fabric.

new seat

Simply place the seat back on the chair and screw it back on. This is a project I had been planning to do for some time. I didn’t realize how easy it would be and how big of a difference it would make in our dinning room!

new chairs


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