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How to Reupholster Your Dining Room Chairs

How to Reupholster Your Dining Room Chairs

Like I have alluded to, I am a magnet for people who want to get rid of their ‘gently’ used possessions. And in this case it had sentimental value for my husband. Our family friends, Bill and Paula, were looking for a home for their dining room table that had been a staple at their camp for over 30 years. The table I had in our dining room (at the time) was square and didn’t fit nicely for guests and walking around. So, we decided to take this table as a transition until we could afford our dream table (which I’m happy to say, my husband is beginning to build as I write, EEK!! But, I will save that for another post). The table itself was in decent shape, but as you can see, the chairs were not. 

What I used for this project:

  • Screwdriver
  • Glue (I can’t remember which kind, but strong enough to adhere foam to wood) 
  • 4 meters of suede semi-stretch fabric
  • Scissors
  • Staple remover 
  • Electric staple gun
  • Staples
  • High density 4inch foam

Good-bye tattered chairs, and hello cushioning. This was by far an easy fix to bring these chairs back to life. I first removed the base of the chair from the shell of the chair. Then used the staple remover to remove the remainder of whatever fabric was left. Afterwards, I pulled the foam off with my hands and glued and placed the new foam on the base of the chairs (in order for the foam to fit the chairs perfectly, I brought the wooden base into a local store @The Sleep Shop & Furniture Mart where they cut 4inch high density foam for all of the chairs). After letting the foam adhere, I spread my fabric out and placed the base on top to make a form/pattern. I traced the original base, and then allowed the 4 inches for foam and another extra inch for room to staple (similar to a seam allowance when sewing). I then traced 6 forms and cut them all out.

Let the fun begin! My grandmother helped me with covering them as she is a sewing/furniture recovering guru (stayed tuned for when I give these chairs an even more modern look). We started by stapling the center of each side of the chair (making sure the fabric is taut when stapling opposite sides) and worked towards each corner, continuously pulling the fabric taut. Then we pulled the fabric and stapled the center of each corner. Stapling the corners is the area you will notice the most as it is not smooth. So we made sure to pleat the fabric the same for each corner while stapling. We repeated the same process for all of the chairs, and then screwed them back onto the shell, and voila! A painless, cost effective revamp for some chairs that needed some serious love! 

If some of the explanation in the post is unclear, or you're a visual learner and auditory learner (like me most of the time), then see the video below for an even more thorough step-by-step.

I hope you enjoy! Please e-mail us if you have any questions!

 

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