Some home improvement projects are subtle but make a big difference. Dining room and kitchen chairs can become stained, faded, or worn due to years of use. During an interior remodel, much money is spent on updating appliances, painting, and replacing windows and doors. There may not be much money left over to purchase new furniture, leaving the area looking less than desirable. Reupholstering chairs updates the décor and is much cheaper than buying new furnishings.
You will need:
• Chair Fabric
• Batting (if current batting requires replacement)
• Industrial strength glue or heavy-duty stapler with staples
• Butter knife or heavy-duty staple remover
• Measuring tape
Step 1: Use the measuring tape to measure the seat dimensions for the chairs requiring reupholstering. This determines how much fabric you will need.
Step 2: Remove the chair seat. You may be able to push it out of the chair or might have to unscrew the bottom or sides of the chair frame. Lay the seat in your work area.
Step 3: Turn the seat over so the bottom is facing up and remove the upholstery tacks or staples securing the fabric. Staples can be removed with a butter knife or heavy-duty staple remover. Be careful not to damage the plywood portion of the seat when removing the tacks or staples.
Step 4: Remove old fabric but save it for a pattern for the new fabric. Buy durable, easy-clean fabric from a discount or fabric store. A fabric that is pre-treated with stain resistant formula is a good choice.
Step 5: Remove the existing batting and determine whether it needs replacement. Using the old fabric as a pattern, cut out the new fabric. Allow some excess on each side to hold the fabric during installation.
Step 6: Put the new fabric on top of the batting and begin wrapping it around the plywood. Begin at one side, folding the fabric around the plywood carefully. Fold the opposite end of fabric around the plywood, creating an even pull. Turn over the chair seat to make sure there are no wrinkles. Use the glue or stapler and staples to secure this fabric to the plywood. Repeat this process for the remaining two ends of fabric.
Step 7: Use the scissors to cut off any excess fabric. Put the seat into the chair frame by tapping it back into place or carefully screwing it into the frame.
Step 8: Repeat this process for each chair being reupholstered.