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#DIYsWithClur: How to Reupholster a Chair

How to Reupholster a Chair

As many of you know, I live alone. You may be thinking, “Why have a large dining table if it’s only you eating on most nights?” Well. I need somewhere to dump my bag after work… somewhere to put my mail, somewhere to put my flowers, etc. etc. Haha! Just kidding. Not really, though. Although a little two-person cafe table would work fine, my apartment would look empty without a larger table.

When a coworker was selling his dining room set for an extremely low price – I had to act on it. Somehow I fit four dining room chairs and a table into my Honda CRV (please image me driving down major streets with all windows rolled down, leg chairs sticking out each window.)

Were the table and chairs in perfect condition? No. The chairs had definitely seen some love (and the bottoms of shoes…and plenty of spilled drinks) but I knew I could change that. After a little research, I found out that it’s stupid simple to reupholster dining room chairs. You just need some supplies and a little time!

Supplies Needed:

-Fabric of your choice
-Nail gun + nails
-Tack lifter
-Flat nose pliers (optional)
-Screwdriver (I thought the shorter, the better)

For the fabric – I headed to Jo Anns. They had soo much upholstery fabric available. I definitely could have done a more fun pattern – but I wanted something dark and neutral for my current apartment. I think next time I will try something more bold!

Step #1

Unscrew your cushions from the rest of the chair. You might need to get a flashlight or be in good lighting to find the correct screws. Each one of my chairs had 4 little screws and then the cushion came off very easy.

How to Reupholster a Chair

How to Reupholster a Chair

Step #2

Remove the old staples. This. Is. The. Worst. Part. Believe me when I say to spend the $6 and get the tack remover. You can pick one up at the hardware store or on Amazon. Your hands, and bent screwdriver, will thank you. I did one chair without the tack lifter and regretted every second. Once you get the staple somewhat popped out, pull it out completely using your flat-head pliers.

How to Reupholster a Chair

How to Reupholster a Chair


Step #3

Cut your fabric. I laid the old fabric on top of my new few yards of fabric and used it as a pattern. It doesn’t need to be perfect, just make sure it will fit properly on your cushion.

How to Reupholster a Chair

How to Reupholster a Chair

Step #4

Staple the two far ends of fabric onto the cushion. Make sure to pull your fabric tight when you do this. Now staple the two sides down, keeping the corners open.

Step #5

Secure your corners. This step is similar to wrapping a present. Fold your corners so they lie flat or cut into triangles to get rid of the extra fabric. Staple down and secure.

How to Reupholster a Chair

Step #6

Screw your cushions back into the frame and you’re done! Do the steps above to your remaining chairs and then time to admire your brand new reupholstered chairs!

How to Reupholster a Chair

Have you ever reupholstered chairs? I’d love to hear about it!

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  • Reply candy

    I have a couple of chairs that I have been put off because I just wasn’t sure where to start or what to do. Now I can get started.

    March 3, 2017 at 11:16 am
    • Reply BloomInTheMiddle

      It is a bit overwhelming at first! But definitely super easy 🙂

      March 4, 2017 at 10:27 pm
  • Reply Cori

    These chairs turned out so well! I would love to give this a try but I am nervous.

    March 3, 2017 at 6:43 pm
    • Reply BloomInTheMiddle

      Thanks Cori! No need to be nervous – it’s pretty much impossible to mess up. I hope it goes well!

      March 4, 2017 at 10:28 pm
  • Reply Krysta

    This is such a helpful tutorial! I have a set of 4 hideous chairs in my basement that I’ve been dying to reupholster, but never knew how to get started.

    March 3, 2017 at 7:13 pm
    • Reply BloomInTheMiddle

      Thanks Krysta! Glad you found it helpful!

      March 4, 2017 at 10:28 pm
  • Reply Annissa

    I just reupholstered my dining room chairs last summer. My parents helped me and it took almost the whole day as I have a lot of chairs.

    March 3, 2017 at 9:15 pm
    • Reply BloomInTheMiddle

      It definitely is time consuming! Using the tack remover 100% sped up my process!

      March 4, 2017 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Indya | TheSmallAdventurer

    Wow, this is actually a lot less complicated than I realised. Albeit a bit time-consuming, but i’s great to know that I could pick up some chairs from a secondhand shop and give them a make over for a lot less than buying some fancy ones brand new! I love the magic of DIY projects.

    March 3, 2017 at 10:29 pm
    • Reply BloomInTheMiddle

      I agree completely! As a gal on a budget it was definitely nice! And super convenient if you ever want to change your fabric 🙂

      March 4, 2017 at 10:30 pm
  • Reply Natalia

    Nice! I love the end product! I tried doing this once and could have definitely used this at the time!

    March 3, 2017 at 11:46 pm
    • Reply BloomInTheMiddle

      Thanks so much Natalia!

      March 4, 2017 at 10:30 pm

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