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).
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.
Tip: It is easier to cut to size when it is lying flat than when it is stapled to the seat bottom.
Start by stapling one side into place. Then move on to the opposite side and staple that into place. Save the corner for last.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To see the other projects I have done recently, check out: