How to reupholster a dining chair seat

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

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Whether you are recovering old cushions with a new fabric or adding brand new cushions to previously bare seats for comfort and a softer look, making seat cushion covers is a quick and inexpensive way to refresh the decor of a room. Seat cushions, given their function, should be made from fabric that is hardwearing, such as upholstery fabric or heavier cotton or linen. The cushion design also needs to be on the simple side with few embellishments. The benefit of this is that seat cushion covers, while easily customizable, require only basic sewing skills and are an achievable project for beginners.

Prewash and dry your fabric. Press it well with an iron.

Measure the length and width of your cushion form. If you plan to stuff your cushion covers with fiberfill, measure the length and width of the seat for which the cushion is intended.

Calculate the dimensions for the cut fabric pieces. To get the length of the cut fabric piece, add 1 ½ inches to the length of the cushion form or seat — this includes a ½-inch seam allowance along all four sides, plus another ½-inch to allow for the fullness of the cushion. To get the width of the cut fabric piece, multiply the width of the cushion form or seat by two and add 1 ½ inches for seam allowances and fullness.

Draw a rectangle onto your fabric using a fabric marker, matching the dimensions you determined. Draw one rectangle for every cushion cover you intend to make. Cut the pieces out using fabric scissors.

Fold the rectangular pattern piece in half along its width (the longest side) with the right sides together, so that the two short ends of cut fabric match up, and the two side edges are aligned. Pin the three sides together through both layers of fabric. The fourth side of the cushion cover is formed by the fold.

Thread your sewing machine and set it to a straight stitch. Sew a few rows of stitches on a scrap piece of fabric and adjust the stitch tension and length, if necessary.

Sew along the three pinned sides of the cushion form, leaving a ½-inch seam allowance. Start sewing as close to the folded side as you can get, and backstitch for one-half inch before continuing with the side seam. When you get to one-half inch from the second side of the cover, stop sewing with the needle down.Lift the presser foot, pivot the fabric 90 degrees, then lower the presser foot and continue to sew. Repeat this process when you get to one-half inch from the third side edge.

Stop sewing when you are three to five inches from the folded edge, having sewn seams around three sides of the cushion cover. Backstitch for about one-half inch to secure the end of the seam. Remove the cushion cover from the sewing machine and trim any loose threads.

Trim the four corners of your cushion cover diagonally, cutting close to but not into the stitches at the corners of the side seams. Doing this ensures that the seams will lie flat at the corners when you turn the cushion cover right side out.

Turn the cushion cover right side out through the gap you left in the side seam. Insert a cushion form through the gap in the seam, or insert handfuls of polyester fiberfill into the cushion cover until it is as full as you desire.

Fold the two raw fabric edges along the gap you left in the side seam to the inside of the cushion cover. Pin the folded edges together and hand-stitch the gap closed using a small, neat slipstitch so that the hand-sewn part of the side seam aligns with the machine-sewn part. Alternatively, machine sew the gap closed, stitching as close to the folded edge as possible.

  • The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing; Singer; 2005
  • If you want to make cushions to fit seats that are not square or rectangular, take a sheet of paper, place it on the seat and trace around the seat’s perimeter. Add seam allowances and an allowance for fullness around the drawn shape, then cut it out to use as a paper pattern for your fabric pieces.
  • Easy ways to change the design of a basic seat cushion cover include rounding the corners and adding a boxing strip between the two fabric pieces to add dimension. If your are making cushions for dining chairs with spokes at the back, you could stitch some ties into one of the side seams. More experienced sewers can add cording or another decorative trim, or make the cushion cover removable with a variety of closures.

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How to reupholster a dining chair seat

You may have noticed that I am doing a bit of home decorating. Sometimes it feels good to just update a room just a little bit.

I find you can change the feel of a room by just changing up some accent pieces or decorations. Little changes can be easier on your budget than doing a complete room makeover, although I do have one of those planned and I am going to use my thrifty ways to stay in under budget.

But today, I am going to show you how you can easily a recover a dining room chair, or in our case we use this as an accent chair in our entry way where the kids sit on to put on their shoes.

How to Recover a Dining Room Chair

Below is step-by-step instructions with pictures on how to easily recover a dining room chair.

Gather all necessary supplies: fabric, staple gun, staples, scissors, and screwdriver(s).

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

Tip: When picking out fabric, if you are only buying for one to two chairs, check for fabric remnants. Stores like JoAnn Fabrics give an additional 50% off current price (so, off the sale price if it is on sale) on remnants.

Tip: Pick out a fabric that will last. I prefer to use upholstery fabric for these type of projects.

Cut fabric so that you can fold it over to the back side tight and have about 1″ on the back side to staple in to the seat of the chair.

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

Tip: It is easier to cut to size when it is lying flat than when it is stapled to the seat bottom.

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

Start by stapling one side into place. Then move on to the opposite side and staple that into place. Save the corner for last.

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

Tip: If you staple around the sides in order you risk having the fabric be moved and may end up being too short on one side or not have the pattern be straight on the chair, and for some patterns that will matter.

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

Finally, you can staple the corners down. Be sure to pull them tight. Cut away any fabric that may be covering the screw holes where the seat attaches to the chair.

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

Tip: If your chair will allow for multiple layers you can save yourself time by covering over the existing fabric. For some chairs, it might make it too thick to put back in to place and you may need to remove the fabric first. You may also want to remove the original upholstery if it has a pattern that will show through the new fabric.

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

From the start (gathering all my supplies together) to the finish (re-attaching the seat and wiping down the wood on my chair) and stopping to fuss with an uncooperative stapler and take pictures, it took me 15 minutes to recover one dining room chair seat. So, it’s as simple as that. You could probably change up all of your seat covers around your dining room in 1-2 hours.

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

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Comments

I wish I was crafty enough or at least not as klutzy as I am because this looks relatively easy to do as long as you don’t have to remove the original covering. I love the look of your chair!!

I’ve recovered and painted chairs before. It’s such a fun way to get a new look. These chairs are now so beautiful.

Those look great! I love the pattern.Good job!

Your chair transformation is gorgeous. I have some arm chairs that need to be redone. I think I’ll start smaller and go with recovering the seats of my dining room chairs first.

Elizabeth O. says

You make it look so easy! I love the pattern and the color you chose as well. That’s really nice.

That is a great looking chair. I love the pattern you choose for the cushion.

Wonderful step-by-step instructions, because I need to recover my mother’s dining chairs.

I love the color of that new fabric. I am the least crafty person but this does look easy enough

this is great tips love the new fabric and the looks of the chair brand new again =)

I’m nervous I won’t pull it off as well as you, but I’m willing to try!

Woah. This is really a very useful and helpful post. We had a lot of dinning chairs that need to be recovered. Thanks for sharing

Update a set of dining room chairs by re-covering the cushions with a stylish new fabric.

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

Dining Room Chair With Floral Cushion

Update a set of dining room chairs by re-covering the cushions with a stylish new fabric.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

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How to Reupholster a Seat Cushion 01:36

Materials Needed

  • upholstered seat dining chairs
  • 1/2 yard fabric per seat cushion
  • 1/2 yard batting per seat cushion
  • 2-inch foam
  • temporary fabric pen
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • staple gun
  • staples
  • screwdriver
  • utility knife

Remove Seat Cushion

Remove the seat cushion from the chair frame using a screwdriver (Image 1). Then, remove the original fabric from the cushion by removing the staples (Image 2). Remove the old foam from the seat.

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

How to Re-Cover a Dining Room Chair: Remove Seat Cushion

Remove the seat cushion from the chair frame using a screwdriver.

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

How to Re-Cover a Dining Room Chair: Remove Original Fabric

Remove the original fabric from the cushion by removing the staples. Remove the old foam from the seat.

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Cut New Foam

Using the seat as a template, trace for a new piece of foam with a temporary fabric pen. Cut the foam using a utility knife.

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

How to Re-Cover a Dining Room Chair: Cut New Foam

Using the seat as a template, trace for a new piece of foam with a temporary fabric pen. Cut the foam using a utility knife.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Cut New Fabric

Place your foam and seat on top of your new fabric. Using a temporary fabric pen, trace a line three inches out from the seat and cushion. Cut the fabric along the line.

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

How to Re-Cover a Dining Room Chair: Cut New Fabric

Place your foam and seat on top of your new fabric. Using a temporary fabric pen, trace a line three inches out from the seat and cushion. Cut the fabric along the line.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Cut and Attach Batting

Use your new fabric cutout as a template to cut the new batting (Image 1). Attach the batting to the seat using a staple gun (Image 2). Pull the batting taut to the seat as you go. Trim the excess batting along the outer edge of the staple line (Image 3).

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

How to Re-Cover a Dining Room Chair: Cut Batting

Use your new fabric cutout as a template to cut the new batting.

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

How to Re-Cover a Dining Room Chair: Attach Batting

Attach the batting to the seat using a staple gun. Pull the batting taut to the seat as you go.

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

How to Re-Cover a Dining Room Chair: Trim Excess Batting

Trim the excess batting along the outer edge of the staple line.

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Attach Fabric

Next, attach the fabric in the same way. Pull the fabric taut to the seat and staple it into place (Image 1). Pull the fabric snugly around curved corners to eliminate tucks on the top side of the cushion (Image 2).

If you have a well-loved but worn piece of furniture, you can breathe new life into it by reupholstering. Lots of people recover their furniture, or just change the fabric. But maybe you might want to give your chair a top-to-bottom makeover and try reupholstering it, which involves replacing the fabric, padding and other soft materials.

“If a piece of furniture is made of high-quality materials and well built and has good bones, then reupholstery is a good option,” says Grace Reff, an upholsterer in Nashville, Tennessee.

While complex upholstery should be reserved for the professionals, furniture with simple, straight lines can be reupholstered at home, says Greg Freeman, former upholsterer and founder of Comfort and Flair, a publication focused on home decor.

“A good DIY project would be simple dining room chair seats,” Freeman said. After that, you can move on to more complex projects, like armchairs.

Before you get started

Before you start reupholstering, take a minute to decide whether reupholstering your chair is worth it.

“Not all pieces of furniture are good candidates for reupholstery,” says Reff. Stick to pieces that are made from real wood, or other quality materials that will last for years. Keep in mind that reupholstering can be more expensive than buying a replacement piece.

If you’ve decided to move ahead, find a spot where you can work uninterrupted. Reupholstering a chair can be a long process — taking a day or more — and you’ll want to know that your materials are exactly where you left them. Take a moment to plan your project and consider things like whether the fabric has a pattern that needs to be centered on the chair, as well as what parts of the chair will be reused, like buttons, padding, or decorative trim. Then, take detailed pictures of the chair from multiple angles, focusing on corners and decorative details. ​​

“These photos can be helpful visual references as you reupholster the piece,” Reff says.

What you need

  • Fabric: Roughly ½ a yard per dining room chair; and 7 yards of fabric for an armchair.
  • Staple lifter: A flat-head screwdriver or pliers will also work.
  • Screwdriver
  • Electric staple gun with staples
  • Knife for cutting foam: Utility knives, bread knives, or electric carving knives work well.
  • Foam padding
  • Batting: Cotton or other material used around the edges of the upholstery.
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Fabric steamer (optional)

Quick tip: Always have extra fabric on hand to make up for any mistakes or miscalculations. Freeman recommends an extra yard or two. If you end up not using the extra fabric, you can always make matching pillows.

How to reupholster a chair

Tips and tricks for reupholstering your chair

  • Choose the right fabric. The durability of fabric is measured in double rubs, a unit of measuring how wear and tear will affect fabric. If you’re refinishing a piece that will be used daily, opt for a fabric with at least 15,000 double rubs.
  • Stain or paint first. If you’re refinishing the wood parts of a chair, do that before you add new fabric.
  • Take pictures. Once you’ve deconstructed your chair, it can be hard to put it back together. Take lots of pictures, particularly of detailed areas, to make reassembly easier.
  • Steam your fabrics. Using the old fabric cuts as templates is a great way to work, but most old coverings are often crumbled and misshapen. Steaming them can give you a more accurate template.
  • Wear eye protection. If you’re reupholstering an older piece or one that is moldy, consider wearing a mask as well.

Insider’s takeaway

To reupholster a chair well, move slowly and pay attention to detail, realizing that the measurements and details of the finished product are right before you. Deconstruct the chair with care so that you can use the old fabric and cushioning to guide your rebuild. Remember, upholstery is often a slow process.

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This guest upholstery tutorial is all about how to reupholster a dining chair with fabric on the seat and back. It was submitted by one of our regular contributors, Charlie Miller.

Scroll to the bottom if you want the printable instructions.

I inherited a number of antique furniture pieces from my Grandparents.

I have had this formal looking dining room chair – is it maybe called a Carver’s Chair? – for years now.

I’ve always intended to re-cover and re-upholster it but it’s taken me a while to get around to it. This was the week!

Materials Used – Reupholstering an Antique Dining Room Chair:

  • Old dining chair with padded seat, back and arm rests.
  • Upholstery Fabric (mine was an Art Deco design bought online)
  • Upholstery Staple Remover and/or Tack Puller
  • Cotton padding
  • Old Socks (optional)
  • 60 Grit Sandpaper (optional)
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Exacto Knife
  • Upholstery Stud trim
  • Upholstery Hammer
  • Fabric Scissors

Step 1: Removing the Old Upholstery Fabric & Padding

The first thing I did in my quest to reupholster my dining chair was to remove the old fabric by prying out the nails and staples.

I have a good staple remover but it still took me some time as they’d been in there awhile!

I followed the advice in another upholstery tutorial on this site that says it is best practice to save the old fabric as you take it off so you can use it as a pattern piece for your chair.

If you think about it, somebody ages and ages ago already did the measuring and calculating of how big that piece of fabric should be and how to cut out the corners – so it makes sense to just trace the old piece of fabric when cutting your new fabric!

I also removed the old padding at this point.

Step 2: Armrests

When I stripped the fabric off of the armrests of this old chair I discovered that there were wooden blocks attached to the arms of this chair that seem to have been added after it was made.

They were probably added the last time it was recovered in the 1950s – most likely by my Grandfather!

The previous fabric on the armrests was well worn on the corners from these wood pieces so I decided to sand down the corners of these sharp rectangular blocks of wood with 60 Grit sandpaper.

Step 3: New Padding

New ‘creative’ padding for the Armrests

I knew before I started this project that I wanted some additional cushioning on the armrests as they always felt a bit hard to me – that will have been that hard wooden block underneath!

I did staple on some new padding but it still didn’t seem ‘cushy’ enough so I added in some old (but freshly washed!) socks.

I cut the socks into rectangular pieces that fit around the wooden blocks. Turns out they were just the right size for what I needed!

I put another layer of the cotton padding on top of the socks.

New Padding for the Chair Seat and Back

For the chair and seat back I went ahead and removed the old padding and replaced it with new cotton padding. I went as thick as I felt I could go with it and ended up adding a couple of layers.

I stapled it in place following the existing staple line for the old seat padding.

When all the padding was secured in place I cut off the excess padding around the edges with an exacto knife (craft knife in the UK).

Step 4: Re-Upholstering the Chair and Seat Back

Art Deco Upholstery Fabric

I chose a bold blue and white art deco fabric. My apartment is mostly greys, teals and blue shades so it fits in well.

I’m based in Vancouver, Canada and I ordered this fabric from Zazzle online.

You can buy the fabric in various weights. I went for Poplin which probably was a touch too thin. If I was doing it again I would go for combed cotton or linen.

There are similar Art Deco fabrics available on Etsy here too. If you aren’t sure what type of upholstery fabric to go for you can also check out this guide that helps you choose which upholstery fabric to use and when.

I wanted to leave the wood as it was rather than paint it as it is in good condition (plus my grandfather was not a fan of painted wooden furniture!).

I decided to pick a really bright and striking fabric so that it still ended up looking more modern even with the wood finish.

When I first started I stapled on the fabric and cut of the excess as with the padding however that caused the fabric to pull. So then I started to fold the edge under and then staple it to the frame.

I stapled into the same spots/lines that the previous staples were located.

Tip: Be careful to line up the fabric and place staples at the mid lines on each side first and then staple along the edges.

Step 5: Adding Decorative Trim

Once you have your upholstery fabric secured you will still have a visible staple line so this needs to be covered with some trim.

There are lots of different varieties on the market – I went with the hammered stud style trim.

These studs come in a long roll. Every fourth or fifth stud has whole in it and you also get a pile of loose studs with sharp nails on the end. These go through the holes and you hammer the whole strip down just at these points.

The strip of studs cut and bend easily, so they are quick and simple to work with.

You simply measure, cut, place it over your staple line and use a hammer to hammer in the studs that have the nails/spikes on them.

Step 6: Re-covering the underside of the chair seat

My last step was to re-cover the underside of the chair seat.

I actually decided to add more padding at this point so I shoved it in from below under the springs and smoothed it out.

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

I used some of fabric I had taken off of the chair (a piece that was in the best condition) and added it to cover the underside.

I thought this was a little ‘added upcycle’ and also a way of keeping a bit of the chair’s history!

Finished Dining Chair Re-Upholstery Project

I am so pleased with how this turned out!

Obviously I was nervous recovering such a family heirloom. The new fabric just blends in so much better with my home decor and I think my Grandparents would be so happy I am keeping their chair in the family too!

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How to reupholster a dining chair seat

Recently, I bought a new dining room set from Facebook Marketplace and I love it. But the fabric seats of the chairs were ivory and stained from years of use.

I’ve done a bit of reupholstering in the past with various degrees of successful and unsuccessful results. So when I saw these nifty covers to reupholster my dining room seat that are kind of like fitted sheets I decided to give them a try! And the results are perfecto!

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

How Do You Reupholster a Dining Room Chair Seat?

There are a variety of methods you can use to reupholster a dining room chair seat, and after a bunch of research I decided to go with the easiest one. ?

I used the subrtex Dining Room Chiar Seat Covers from Amazon.com. When I did mine I was able to do all 8 chairs for $40! That’s incredible.

I’m really glad I found these because I was DREADING trying to source upholstery fabric and get the corners right on my dining room chairs. I really didn’t want lumpy corners!

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

These are sort of like fitted sheets for the dining room chair seats. They have elastic all the way around and they are made of stretchy material.

And if green isn’t your thing, that’s OK these dining room seat covers come in lots of color choices including: white, grey, navy black, maroon, yellow and many others.

When you are using these types of covers you don’t have to take the old fabric off – YAY! But you do have to unscrew the chair seat from the bottom of the chair.

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

This is a fairly simple process. You turn the dining chair upside down and find the screws and unscrew them.

Once the chair seat is removed from the chair you can start recovering the chair seat. The big key with this type of chair cover is to make sure the corners are lined up with the corner of your chair seat.

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

I learned this the hard way! The first one I put on was all lumpy on the sides because I didn’t line the chair cover up to the corner of the chair seat.

But I took it off and tried again and the second time it came out perfect.

Tip: Your chair seats don’t have to be perfectly square for this type of dining room chair seat reupholster to work. These chair covers are SUPER stretchy and will accommodate most chair seats without a problem. I’ve even seen them pictured on round ottoman lids!

These chair seat covers come with some fabric ties on the bottom, and when you are done fitting them to the chair seat, you are supposed to tie the ties.

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

I’m honestly not sure if these ties are 100% necessary for most of the types of chairs you will be using them on because you will be tightly screwing the chair seats back onto the chair when you are done, so the covers don’t really slip at all.

The next step is to screw the chair seat back onto the chair. When I did this I found that I often had to screw right through the chair seat cover.

To make that work I would pull the fabric tight and then kind of twist the screw through the cover to make a starter hole. That kept the fabric from bunching up around the screw.

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

Then I repeated on all 8 of my chairs and ended up with a very nice finished project and NO LUMPY corners! Whew hoo!

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

Overall, I’m really happy with this solution for reupholstering my dining room chair seats. It was quick, easy, and inexpensive. And it’s a great way to makeover your dining room for a low cost.

Should I Reupholster My Dining Room Chairs?

This is a very good question. I would answer yes… but with a few thoughts. If you have good quality dining room chairs and the seats or whole chair needs to be reupholstered then it can be worth doing.

Professional reupholstery can be quite pricey. but there are a ton of good slipcovers for both full upholstered dining room chairs and upholstered dining room chair seats that can give you a great look with a much lower cost.

For me, my chairs came from what was originally a very pricey set and I got them on Facebook Marketplace for a steal. So they are great quality and I want them to last me quiet a while longer.

Using this upholstery method means I can change the seat covers out when I want to keep them fresh looking.

How Do You Reupholster a Dining Chair Without Removing Old Fabric?

Some of whether you need to remove old fabric comes down to what condition the fabric is in and what condition the padding on the chair is in.

If both are in good condition and if the pattern of the original upholstery is not going to show through the new upholstery, then you probably don’t have to remove the old fabric and can just upholster over it like I did.

How Much Does It Cost to Reupholster a Dining Room Chair?

If you do it the way I did it with the seat covers, then it’s about $5 to $10 a chair to reupholster. If you need full chair slip covers or if you want it done professionally then the price can get a lot higher very quickly.

The fabric on kitchen and dining room chairs can become worn and dirty over time, especially if you have messy eaters in your house. Or, you may just want to update the look of your chairs if they’ve become outdated.

Structurally sound kitchen and dining room chairs that are in otherwise good shape are an excellent choice for reupholstering. You can update the look of your kitchen or dining room with new fabric for your chairs. Typically, this is an easy project that requires little measurement and may not even require sewing, depending on the design of your chair.

Measurements are simple with chairs that only have fabric on the seat, but some kitchen and dining room chairs have fabric everywhere except the legs, and that can be more difficult. It’s important to make sure you have enough fabric to fully cover your chairs. With the right measurements, recovering the chairs in your kitchen or dining room can be a simple project.

How Much Fabric You Need to Reupholster a Kitchen or Dining Room Chair

How much fabric you need to reupholster a kitchen or dining room chair depends on the type of chair you have. Chairs that only have fabric on the seat will need less than a yard to cover two chairs, about three quarters of a yard. Chairs with fabric covering the back support will need two to three yards each. However, as every chair has its own shape and size, you’ll need to measure to be sure. You should also keep in mind that you may want to turn your fabric one way or another for appropriate patterns.

Measuring Your Kitchen or Dining Room Chair

With a seat only kitchen or dining room chair, your work here is easy. All you’ll need to do is remove the seat from the chair and measure the height and length at the largest point for each. Make sure you’re leaving at least two to three inches extra on each side so you’ll have room to securely attach the fabric to the chair.

With a kitchen or dining room chair that’s more completely covered in fabric, you’ll need to take additional measurements.

Method 1: Measure the Chair

If you prefer to measure the chair, you’ll take measurements of each section of the chair while the old fabric is still on. If you’d like to, you can keep the old fabric in place and simply recover over it, but chairs generally look better if you completely remove the old fabric.

  • Step 1: Measure the seat cushion. If the chair’s seat cushion is removable, take it out and record measurements for the length, height, and thickness. If not, simply measure the length and height of the seat at its largest points.
  • Step 2: Measure the back. Go to the back of the chair to measure the fabric area for height and width. Be sure to measure it from its highest point to its lowest.
  • Step 3: Measure the back support. Measure the inside of the back where your back rests, taking measurements from the top to the seat, as well as the width.
  • Step 4: Measure the chair arms and depth. If your chair has arms, don’t skip this step. Start your measurement on the outside at the bottom of the chair, then measure over the arm into the seat. You should also measure the depth of the chair.
  • Step 5: Add a few inches to all of your measurements. It’s a good idea to add a few inches to each measurement so you have room for error and plenty of room to cut and upholster.
  • Step 6: Add up your measurements. Take all of your measurements and add them together. This will give you your total amount of fabric in inches. You can divide by 36 to convert it to yards. Don’t forget to multiply if you’re covering more than one chair — and always round up, because you’d rather have more fabric than not enough.

Method 2: Measure the Fabric Pieces

If you plan to remove the old fabric before reupholstering and you’d rather not measure the chair itself, you can use the old fabric pieces instead, using them as a pattern. You won’t need to measure at all, unless you’re not sure of how much fabric to order.

  • Step 1: Disassemble the chair and remove the fabric. Gently remove existing fabric from the chair, taking care to keep each piece intact.
  • Step 2: Lay out your fabric. Lay down your new fabric, and then lay all of the old fabric pieces down on top of your new fabric. Pay attention to the direction you’re placing each piece if there’s a pattern in the fabric.
  • Step 3: Trace out pieces. Use chalk or pencil to trace patterns from the old fabric onto the new piece.
  • Step 4: Cut out your pieces. Leave a few inches around the outside of each piece as you cut it out on the new fabric.

Reupholstering Kitchen and Dining Room Chairs

Once you’ve prepared your fabric, it’s time to reupholster. Follow these steps to get a new look for your kitchen and dining room chairs.

  • Step 1: Disassemble your chair: If you haven’t already, remove each piece from the chair as much as possible. Consider labeling them on the inside so you don’t get confused when it’s time to reassemble.
  • Step 2: Add extra cushion: While you’re reupholstering, you may want to take the opportunity to replace worn out cushions. Consider adding extra padding with new foam or stuffing. You can even use an old pillow.
  • Step 3: Apply and staple new fabric: Place the fabric on each piece and fold down any corners. Use a staple gun to secure the fabric to the support, using several staples. Remember to pull the fabric tight so it won’t be loose when you put the chair back together.
  • Step 4: Trim extra fabric: Once your fabric is securely attached to the chair, trim extra fabric so your chair doesn’t have unnecessary bulk. Generally, you can leave an inch or two extra if you’d like.
  • Step 5: Reassemble your chair and enjoy: With all of the fabric pieces attached, put your chair back together, putting screws back in place and securing all hardware. Consider applying additional finishing touches, such as ornamental studs.

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

As a homeowner, you probably use your dining room table and chairs every day. It’s important that you keep them looking clean and presentable to avoid any hassle caused by unsightly wear and tear. You can make your chair look like brand new again by reupholstering it with a new fabric that reflects the character of your home’s design.

To reupholster a dining chair, you need to choose a fabric of your preference and then attach it to the seat, back, and armrests. If you want to learn how to reupholster a dining chair step-by-step, then this is an excellent article for you! To get started, read along for six proven steps.

How to reupholster a dining chair seat

How To Reupholster A Dining Chair: 6 Proven Steps

Below you will find a simple guide on changing fabric and padding on your dining chair with no fuss.

Unscrew The Dining Chair Seat And Back From The Base

The first step is to unscrew the dining chair seat and back from the base. Remove all screws you can see. Then, remove the bolts. Gently lift the seat and back off from the base.

Remove Old Padding And Upholstery

Use a screwdriver if you need to pry off old padding and upholstery to reveal the wood of your dining chair base. Don’t worry if some of the fabric stays on your dining chair base; it will be easier to remove later on when you’ve already applied new fabric or upholstery on top of it.

Cut The Padding And New Fabric To The Dimensions

Ensure that you cut the new padding and upholstery are of reasonable size and dimensions to fit your dining chair. The fabric should have at least 2 inches of seam allowance on all sides. Next, trim the upholstery until it fits perfectly within the measurements of your dining chair’s seat and back.

Place And Staple Padding And Fabric

Measure your dining chair’s seat and back to determine how much material you need for your padding and upholstery. Purchase enough fabric so that you can work with a 2-inch seam allowance when it comes time to sew together its side seams, armrests, and backsides.

Cut The Excess Materials

After you’ve made a clean cut of the fabric and padding, trim any excess material on the sides of your dining chair’s seat and back. Then, use a staple gun to make properly placed staples along all sides of the upholstery and padding.

Attach Seat, Back, And Armrests To The Base

Attach your finished seat, back, armrests to your dining chair base, making sure they are properly aligned within their original screw holes and holes that you’ve already applied before. Fix everything in place using screws or bolts. Recheck all parts to ensure that they are correctly secured before you start using them again

Removing And Cleaning Up

Once you’re done reupholstering your chair, make sure to remove as much of your old padding and upholstery as possible. Don’t worry about any adhesive that gets stained with the new padding fabric because it will be easier to remove later on when it’s time to take down the cushion. Then, simply clean up the dining chair seat and back once more using a dryer or vacuum.

Can I Reupholster A Chair Myself?

Yes, you can take on the task of reupholstering a chair yourself. It may be daunting at first, but after doing it once or twice, you’ll find that it goes fairly quickly and is easy to do. To reupholstering a chair by yourself, you will need a piece of material and padding, a screwdriver, and a staple gun.

Is It Worth It To Reupholster A Chair?

For many people, reupholstering a chair is an easy DIY project. But for others, it can be a headache-inducing project that yields an overpriced product with no real additional value. That’s why you have to ask yourself: Is it worth the time, money, and effort to reupholster your old chairs? The answer is yes if you want to make your old furniture beautiful again. And no, if you don’t.

How Do You Reupholster A Dining Chair Without Removing Old Fabric?

If you want to reupholster a dining chair but don’t know how to remove the old fabric, this guide will show you how without removing any of your old fabric.

Step 1 – Place your new fabric over how you want to secure it
Step 2 – Put in staples every six inches along all the edges
Step 3 – Put in staples a top of the fabric about every two inches, and make sure they are tight so you won’t need to retighten them over time.

James is a professional in furniture sphere. He has 5 years of experience in working with all types of recliners. And now he shares his knowledge with people, who don’t have time for research and who want to make the right choice for the future piece of furniture.