A Quick Recovery: Easy DIY Chair Upholstery

A while back, my Mum gifted us a nifty extendable dining suite which fits perfectly in our small maisonette home. Now we can spread out on a proper table at dinner time, instead of stuffing ourselves around the coffee table in front of Seinfeld every night.

Along with new furniture came some new habits.

Slowly we are becoming a more ‘civilised’ family where we talk to each other about our days over a meal around a proper dining table. With the TV off, Adam and I debrief in bite-sized chunks while Tahlee fills me us on the latest at school.

Like our upcycled table, the day is extendable now we spend time focusing on each other. I still love Seinfeld, just not every single night.

The chairs were originally in my Mum’s old B&B, so the upholstery was in need of an update more suited to our urban home. My mother-in-law nabbed some fabric on sale and I got started on a really quick and simple reupholstering.

Reupholstering, or re-covering furniture is an economical and environmentally friendly way of updating your home’s style as it’s not drawing on the earth’s resources to produce something new. Sometimes we don’t need new furniture, we just need new ideas on how to spice up what we’ve got, or what we’ve found. Thrift stores are the perfect place to hunt out quirky chairs that you can upholster yourself.

To re-cover chairs at home you just need four simple tools:

– staple gun (from a department or hardware store)
– staple remover
– fabric scissors (or just sharp scissors!)
– pliers for stubborn staples

Use the staple remover and pliers to unpick the original cover. Once the original fabric is off, lay it flat to create a pattern for your new covers.

Using the original cover as a template, cut out your new fabric.

Place the seat ‘bum-side-down’ onto the back of your new fabric. Fold one side over, and staple.

Fold the opposite side over, and pull it tight so your fabric isn’t loose when you sit on it. Staple away!

Folding the corners can be tricky – cut excess fabric away around the corners to create flat edges. Commence re-stapling! Repeat folding and stapling your fabric over the edges of the seat frame. I found using my feet extra handy!

Check out my step-by-step video below for a quick and simple guide on how to cover your own chairs at home.

Have you tried recovering chairs or furniture at home?

And what upcyling DIY projects have you had success with?

Happy covering!