Today we will show you how to reupholster your dining room chairs to look brand new! This tutorial can also be helpful if your chairs are already well-upholstered but are unappealing or don't coordinate with your space. If you choose the right Upholstery Fabric, upholstering your chairs can transform your dining room from dull, gloomy, and seemingly old to lively, classy, and cozy.
Before gathering any supplies, you need to establish a few things. The kind of fabric you use to upholster plays a vital role in the overall look of your dining room. It is therefore important to decipher what your dining room's theme color is and whether you want to match it or contrast it. For instance, if your walls are green, then you ought to avoid using red fabric that will provide a sharp, unappealing contrast.
Moreover, when choosing the material's color, take note of your dining room's size. A small room requires bright colors to make it seem spacious and less cluttered. Lastly, the fabric chosen should be determined by how often the chair(s) is utilized. Toddlers in the house call for heavier materials that do not easily wear out or show stains.
- Upholstery Fabric. The fabric shown is Scott Living Dream Basketweave Reflection Belgian
- 2” Upholstery Foam
- Polyester Batting
- Upholstery Dust Cover Fabric
- Staple Gun
- Serrated Knife or Insulation Knife
Step 1: Dismantle the chair cushion
Take apart the seat cushion from the chair. This might require a screw driver.
Use tools to remove staples/nails to remove the fabric and foam. My chair only had staples, and I was able to get them out by wedging a flat head screw driver and plyers. If nails are present, use this tool to get them out.
Step 2: Foam cushion and batting
Place the seat on the 2” foam slab and trace with a marker.
Cut the foam using either an incredibly sharp serrated knife (think Infomercial knife demonstrations) or an insulation knife. We used an incredibly sharp serrated kitchen knife!
Take the seat + foam and place on the polyester batting. Trace about 5” outside the edge and cut.
Use the staple gun to secure the batting underneath, pulling tight as you go. Tip: It’s best to staple opposite sides until you’re about twelve staples in – that way the tightness will be even.
Step 3: Positioning and applying the fabric
Position the seat so that the motif print is centered, balanced, and allows for at least 4” to secure underneath.
The print for this fabric is still visible on the wrong side, so I can see where to mark and cut to get the portion of the fabric I want for the seat cushion. Staple to secure, trim excess.
Tip: pin the fabric to the batting before you start stapling to ensure the positioning of the fabric print.
Step 4: Dust Cover
This is optional, but recommended. Trace the seat cushion on the dust cover fabric, cut. Fold ½ under and staple.
Reattach to the chair if necessary
Voila! Your chairs are just like new!