DIY – Reupholstering Your Dining Room Chairs

DIY – Reupholstering Your Dining Room ChairsAre you looking for a great do-it-yourself project this winter?  You might want to consider reupholstering your dining room chairs. Reupholstering dining room chairs is a relatively quick and easy way to give your dining room an instant makeover!

Can I Do This?
So, how hard is it to reupholster a dining room chair?  Actually, it’s not too difficult.  If you are comfortably cutting fabric and foam, and stapling, you’ll be fine with most dining room chairs.  So, let’s get started.

  1. Choose Your Upholstery Fabric. First, you need to select your new upholstery fabric.  Take a look around the room and get an idea of the colors and type of material you’d like to use.  Also, be sure to consider how much you use the chairs.  If you will be using the chairs frequently, you’ll want to get an upholstery fabric that has a higher double rub performance count.  This tells you how durable the upholstery fabric is.  Of course, you can always find a great selection of upholstery fabric and great prices here at My Fabric Connection.  View our full catalog of upholstery fabrics here.
  2. Create a Work Space.  You will need to create a workspace where you can complete your project.
  3. Remove the old fabric.  Flip the chair over.  In many cases, you will find staples holding the old fabric in place.  Use a flat-head screw driver and/or needle-nose pliers to remove the staples.
  4. If you want to, Remove the cushion from the bottom of the chair.  Often times, the cushion is just resting on wood, but it may be glued on.  If it’s glued, you may need to scrape the cushion off.  A wide, metal putty knife should work.  Replacing the cushion can make the chair more comfortable, but it isn’t absolutely necessary unless the cushion is in disrepair.
  5. Cut the new upholstery fabric (and new padding/cushion if applicable) to size.  You can use the old piece of fabric (and old cushion) as a pattern for how to cut your new fabric.
  6. Staple the new fabric on the bottom of the chair seat on one side.  Only staple one side.  This will give you an anchor for stretching the fabric  into place.
  7. Then put the cushion in place and stretch the fabric to fit over your cushion and staple into place on the bottom of the seat.
  8. Add the under-seat cover.  To finish the job, you can take a thin black piece of fabric to stretch over the underside of the chair and staple that in place as well.

That’s it!

If you are ready to get started on this fun and rewarding DIY project you need to start with the upholstery fabric and we’d love to help with that as well.  Click the link below for a full catalog of our upholstery fabrics.

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John Dawkins is a husband, father of four, diaper changer, and the “daddy can you help me” guy. Among many titles, I am president and janitor of my own company. Life has treated me much better than I deserve and I am thankful for a drive and passion for e-commerce fabric sales that keeps food on the table. Most importantly I thank God for His unimaginable grace, for allowing me to be a husband, a father, and even sell a yard or two of fabric along the path of life He has provided me.

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