We are nearing the end of the living room project, and one of the design items that was on my decorating list was to reupholster the dining room chairs. While I love the dining room chairs (and table!), I didn’t love the cherry color (or the fabric) for the new space. So I painted the chairs with chalk paint (I’ll post a tutorial on this later!), and reupholstered the cushions!
I LOVE the fabric (I got a great deal at JoAnn’s– only $6.99/yd!), and the chairs now fit perfectly with the rest of the room. If you want to update your own chair (or bench cushions), here’s how to do it:
This tutorial is for chair (or bench) cushions that can be removed (by unscrewing them) from the rest of the chair frame.
HOW TO REUPHOLSTER YOUR DINING ROOM CHAIRS
- Unscrew the cushion from the chair frame.
- Measure the chair cushions and determine how much fabric you will need to upholster all cushions. You are better off overestimating! Keep in mind that if you are using a pattern, you will need to account for centering it. The fabric store can help you determine how many yards you need with your measurements.
- Cut fabric to size and lay backside up on a flat surface.
- Place your cushion on the fabric and then fold the long side towards the wooden back.
- Staple a few staples in the center on one side and then pull as taut as you can and staple the other sides. DO NOT places staples everywhere on the side–you’ll do this after the corners are finished.
- It’s easier to do the corners before putting staples all along the sides. Gently pull the fabric together and fold to cover the corner. Make sure it’s taut and has enough staples to hold it in. You may have to trim some excess fabric to get the staples through into the wooden cushion backing.
- Pull taut and finish stapling all sides.
- Reattach by screwing the cushions back into the chair frame.