Design & Decor DIY — How to Reupholster a Chair

| Tuesday, 3 March 2015 12:09

Much of the renovation work in the latest season of Sick Kitchens requires quite a bit of skill. But reupholstering a simple chair like the ones in Mojo’s dining room is a snap — easy enough for you to do on your own!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

– An ugly chair*
– New, gorgeous fabric (thinner is better)
– An electric drill
– A staple gun

* To keep things simple, choose a chair with a one-piece seat that can be easily removed from its frame. More complicated chairs require extra steps.

1. Using the electric drill, remove the seat from your ugly chair. Appreciate its hideous appearance. (Don’t forget to save the screws!)

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2. Make sure you choose a relatively thin fabric. Heavy-duty coverings, such as cowhide or leather, require special expertise to stretch over the shape of the chair.

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3. Trim the fabric to fit the seat of the chair, leaving a few inches of excess fabric on each side. Seats with thicker cushions will require more fabric around the edges.

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4. Fold the fabric over the edge of the seat cover, then pull tight and secure with the staple gun.

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5. After attaching all four sides, trim the excess fabric at the corners of the seat. Be sure to leave enough extra fabric to secure with the staple gun!

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6. Fold the corners in on themselves (like you’re wrapping a gift), then use the staple gun to secure the loose fabric.

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7. Flip the cover over and make sure the fabric lays smooth on the seat. If it doesn’t, try again or learn to cope with a wrinkly seat cover.

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8. Place the frame back on the seat, being sure to align them carefully. 

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9. Using the same screws you removed earlier when taking off the cover, drill the seat of the chair back to its frame.

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10. Celebrate your accomplishments — in whatever fashion you’d like.

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Want to see it all in action? Just don’t like reading? Check out the video below, or stream the full episode of Sick Kitchens for free online.

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