DIY project: Upholstering a dining room chair

Follow this step-by-step guide on upholstering a dining room chair

Old and “out of fashion” chairs can often be found sitting on the side of the street or shoved to the back of the garage because no one seems to know what to do with them. Although their frames are still in great shape, the cushions are a little dated, meaning they don’t quite fit the style of the home anymore.

If you’re wondering what to do about cool chairs with not-so cool cushions, here’s  how to update them yourself.

What you’ll need:

  • Staple gun
  • Staples (and lots of them)
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Scissors

To upholster the cushions:

Step 1:
Unscrew the bottom of the seat from the chair and remove all the staples attaching the fabric to the cushion.upholstering a dining room chair

Step 2:
Measure the width, length, and depth of the seat. Add a few centimeters to your measurements just to make sure the cushion is well covered.

Place the fabric wrong-side up on a flat surface and place the seat on it.upholstering a dining room chair

Step 4:
Trim the fabric so that there is enough all the way around to fold over the edge.upholstering a dining room chair

Step 5:
Fold a flap of fabric along the straightest side and staple from the centre working toward the corners; make sure the fabric is smooth and tight.upholstering a dining room chair

Step 6:
Trim any excess cloth and hammer down any staples that aren’t flush.upholstering a dining room chair

Step 7:
Return seat to the chair and screw the base back in.upholstering a dining room chair
It’s a good idea to repaint your chair before putting the cushion back to give it a fresh look.

This tutorial originally appeared on WikiHow.