Cheap Chair Re-Upholstering by an Un-Handy Kate

I am not handy or crafty, do not knit, crochet, or quilt, and if I sew my clothes, you can see the stitches.  So, when I tell you that I re-upholstered (re-covered) our dining room table chairs, you can assume it was easy.  

The only vaguely crafty thing I’ve done before was when I promised myself to do something creative every day for 100 days.  At that point, I had two babes in diapers and I could not remember that I was a human.   I knew only that I was a food-source, patron of CVS and a spit-cloth.  I promised myself that simply adding tomatoes to a salad was creative.

Then, I painted these two Ikea kids’ tables.  We still use them today.

Feeling “spring-y,” I bought 50.00 worth of Amy Butler Laminated Cotton, a staple gun, and went to work. It took about 10 minutes per chair.  In my household, that can mean one chair every 3 days.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Fabric (about 2 feet square per chair), Staple Gun, Staples (not too long), Scissors and a Screw Driver

STEP ONE: Lay a chair on its back.

STEP TWO:  Unscrew the screws under the seat to release it from the frame.

STEP THREE:  Cut the fabric, leaving a few inches all around.  I did not worry about centering the design, of course.  Think “sloppy.”

STEP FOUR:  Staple the fabric (with the design facing the way you’d like it) to the cushion, making little tucks as needed.  If you make a mistake (like I did), it’s easy to remove the staples with a screwdriver and re-do.

SAFETY HINT: Keep staple gun away from children…

STEP FIVE: Screw the seat cushion back onto the frame.


– Kate


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  • jentobin jentobin April 13, 2012   Reply →

    You are my hero. Good going!!

  • Michelle April 13, 2012   Reply →

    Kate’s Kraft Corner or krafty-Kate. Love the colors. I can’t wait to be sitting on one siping champaign w/u!!!

  • Delores May 2, 2012   Reply →

    Good job

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