The cushions on the kitchen or dining room chairs can become worn, faded, or stained after years of use. When redecorating the home, the color or design of the cushion fabric may not coordinate with the new décor. In either case, it is much less expensive to reupholster the chair cushions than to purchase new furniture.
You will need:
- Measuring tape
- Staple remover or butter knife
- Batting (optional- only if current batting needs replacement)
- Heavy-duty stapler and staples or industrial strength glue
Step 1: Measure the dimensions of the seat for the chairs that will be reupholstered. By doing this, you can figure out how much fabric must be purchased.
Step 2: Remove the seat from the chair. This may involve simply pushing it out or unscrewing the sides or bottom of the frame in order to remove the seat. Once the seat has been removed, lay it on the workspace.
Step 3: Turn over the seat so the fabric can be removed. Remove the staples or upholstery tacks that secure the fabric to the seat. Use a heavy-duty staple remover or butter knife to remove staples. When removing staples or tacks, take care not to damage the plywood in the seat.
Step 4: Remove the old fabric. Save this to use as a pattern when cutting the new fabric. Purchase new fabric from a fabric or discount store. Make sure this fabric is both easy to clean and durable. Some fabrics are pre-treated with a formula that resists stains. When in doubt, ask a store employee for assistance.
Step 5: Remove the old batting and place the fabric on top of it. If the batting needs replacement, purchase new batting. Cut the new fabric based on the pattern from the old fabric. Leave some excess fabric on all sides so the area can be held during the next step.
Step 6: Start on one side, carefully folding in the fabric. Tuck in the opposite end so there is an even pull on both sides. As you are working and before securing the fabric, turn over the seat to ensure that the fabric is not wrinkled. Use an industrial stapler or industrial strength glue to secure the fabric.
Step 7: Cut off excess fabric and place the seat onto the chair frame. If it must be screwed on, do this slowly. Or, just tap the seat back into place on the chair.