How to Reupholster a Chair Cushion

How to Reupholster a Chair Cushion

One of the most satisfying decorating projects that absolutely anyone can take on is recovering a chair cushion.  If you have kids, you’ll likely have to do this sooner or later.  After snacks, stains, and general wear and tear take their toll, you can go from this:

 

How to Reupholster a Chair Cushion

Reupholstering chair, before

 

to this:

How to Reupholster a Chair Cushion

Reupholstering chair, after

 

in about a half an hour. Which, if you are like me, might just be all the time you have to devote to DIY decorating projects.

Tools for Reupholstering a Chair Cushion

  • a pair of scissors
  • a flathead screwdriver, claw hammer, and maybe a pair of pliers (Is anybody else thinking Handy Manny?)
  • a heavy duty staple gun and staples

Steps for Reupholstering a Chair Cushion

This sweet little chair bought for $10 at a yard sale has beautiful wood styling, but no fabric style.  The first step is to remove the chair bottom.  Usually it’s just a quick turn of four screws from the underside.

How to Reupholster a Chair Cushion

The underbelly of this chair shows layers of history.

Once removed, use the pliers and flathead screwdriver to pry off the staples or tacks holding the old fabric.  You can see there were actually two layers of fabric here.  I considered keeping one layer of fabric for extra cushion, but the stuffing was disintegrating in my hands as orange powder, so it all had to go.

I picked up a remnant roll of this adorable leopard print fabric at a thrift shop for $3.  I cut a square of fabric two inches wider than the seat in all directions.

How to Reupholster a Chair Cushion

Cuting fabric for reupholstering chair

Once naked, the top of the seat was wrapped in several layers of quilt batting, bought on sale for $6.

 

How to Reupholster a Chair Cushion

Layer the fabric, then batting, then seat base before stapling.

Pulling the fabric tight on the underside,  it was stapled it all the way around, pulled as tight as possible.  The only real tricky part was not  bunching up the fabric at the corners.  That’s where the screws back in from the underside go, and the seat must sit nice and even on the frame.  If needed, once the fabric is stapled neatly, you can trim the excess from the corners on the underside.

How to Reupholster a Chair Cushion

Use a hand held stapler to reupholster seat cushions

Then the seat back went back on the frame, and screwed in with the original screws.

How to Reupholster a Chair Cushion

The old seat cushion is much cushier with the new batting and reupholstered.

This chair frame could use a little love and stain on the legs, but that’s a project for another day.

Most dining chairs with pads are easy to change with this method.  Once you get the hang of it, you can keep your chair pads fresh and coordinated with your decor, changing the style whenever you find fabric that suits you.

How to Reupholster a Chair Cushion

Reupholstered chair, finished

 

Could you use a little fashion fix by reupholstering a chair?

Photo credits: © HeartWork Organizing

 

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