Your upholstered dining room chairs may see a lot of crumbs and spills over time and can start to look a little worn. If the chair itself is still in good condition you can make the chair look like new again by adding some new fabric and foam. See below for instructions on how to reupholster your dining room chairs.
Here's What You'll Need:
- Fabric (enough to cover all of your chairs)
- Staple gun
- Fabric scissors
- Fabric measuring tape
- Marking pen
- Fabric glue
- If your current chair seat can be removed, remove it. If it cannot be removed, you'll have to staple the new fabric to the underside of the chair.
- Take the chair seat and measure it, adding at least an inch and a half on every side.
- Mark the new fabric and foam with your measurements, and make your cuts with fabric scissors or a utility knife for the foam.
- Remove the old fabric and foam from the chair seat.
- Glue down the new foam to the seat and allow it to dry for about 10 minutes.
- Take your new fabric and place it over the foam centering it so there's enough fabric all the way around the seat to work with.
- Add pins to the fabric to hold it in place, then turn the seat over to begin stapling it into place. Start with the sides first, then fold the corners to give them a nice pleat. Staple the corners in place as well.
- Replace the seat (if need be) when finished stapling the fabric in place.
- Repeat all of the steps for each of your chairs.
To help repel stains on your new fabric, use a waterproofing spray on the fabric after you finish stapling it to the chair seat. You can also use a lightweight plastic on the chairs to help prevent spills from staining your chair fabric.
When choosing a fabric for your chairs be sure to use a heavier weight fabric that can hold up to heavy wear and use. Skip thin cottons or rayon fabrics and look in the upholstery fabric section instead. It may be a little more difficult to work with, but will look much nicer and hold up better over time.
If you aren't sure how to reupholster your chairs (or need something else upholstered), take them to a professional upholsterer, such as fromMarc Tash Interiors, instead to get the job done right the first time.