Reupholstering A Chair-So Easy Even A Husband Can Do It

For a few years now, I have wanted to do something about my dining room chair cushions.

For some crazy reason, when we bought our dining room table and chairs, we thought it was a great idea to go for the white cushions. I think it had a little to do with the sales guy and the “stain protectant” that was on the material.

“Just a little soap and water”, he said. Ha! What a joke. After years of kid food and drink droppings, the once crisp white cushions were more of a dark weird brownish color. “A little soap and water” didn’t really ever help. We started putting towels on the chairs to catch crumbs and spills, but we needed something a little more permanent without having to buy new chairs. My idea, reupholster the chairs!

This at one time, was a clean white chair cushion.

I have had that idea for… 3 or so years. We just never had time to go fabric shopping.

Earlier this month we went out to Canton First Monday Trade Days, as we do every month, and we passed by a fabric booth… as we always do. This time I decided to stop and take a look. The fabric was pretty nice, and the price matched. I decided to grab enough material for 6 chairs. The lady knew exactly the amount I needed. She even cut it in 6 squares for me. It was time for me to go home and work on a project I’ve been ready for!

….or so I thought…

Well, my plan was put to a halt when my husband decided he wanted to try. So he tried, and he completed the task with none of my help. If you have been wanting to try and reupholster your chairs, it is very easy to do, or at least the hubs made it look easy.

First, he took the cushions off the chair. Just unscrew a few screws from the bottom.

The cushion should come off with little effort.

Second, place the cushion right in the middle of the fabric that you have pre cut. We had 6, 1/4 yard squares.

Third, pull and tug the fabric around the cushion, making sure you are paying attention to the sides and corners. Make sure you are happy with the way the folds look, then with a staple gun, staple that bad boy good.

Make sure you have a staple gun before you get started.

Forth, after the fabric is on the chair, and you are happy with the way it looks, it’s time to screw it back onto the chair. When we did this, we had to use longer screws than we took out. The fabric made the cushion thicker than it was originally. You may have to play around with different sized screws.

Finished product

Lastly, you are ready to sit in your “new” chair!

Have a seat!

It looks so much better after its makeover!

I really love the way they turned out. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get a shot at doing it, but at least this way, if something happens and they rip or whatever, my husband is to blame.

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