Revive Your Furniture: Master the Art of DIY Chair Reupholstery

Revive Your Furniture: Master the Art of DIY Chair Reupholstery

DIY Chair Reupholstery

Reupholstering a chair can breathe new life into an old piece of furniture. Not only is it a fun and rewarding DIY project, but it can also save you money compared to buying a brand new chair. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a newbie to upholstery, here's our guide on how to reupholster a chair yourself.


- Your chosen fabric

- New foam or batting (if needed)

- Screwdrivers

- Pliers

- Staple gun

- Staples

- Scissors

- Seam ripper

- Upholstery pins

- Upholstery needle

- Thread

- A vacuum cleaner

Step 1: Remove the Old Fabric

The first step is to carefully remove the old fabric from the chair using a seam ripper. Be sure to save any decorative bits like trim, piping, or buttons for later use. It's also a good time to clean up the chair by removing any dirt or debris with a vacuum cleaner.

Step 2: Evaluate the Chair's Padding

Now that the old fabric is removed, check to see if the chair's padding needs to be replaced. If it's stained or worn out, foam or batting may need to be replaced. Measure the dimensions needed and cut the new foam or batting accordingly.

Step 3: Cut the New Fabric

Lay the new fabric flat, and place the old fabric pieces on top. Trace an outline around them, adding extra fabric around the edges for seam allowance. Cut out the new fabric pieces.

Step 4: Reupholster the Chair

Starting at the front of the chair, lay the new fabric over the seat and pull it taut. Secure it in place with upholstery pins. Continue stretching the fabric over the chair, always pulling it taut, and securing it with upholstery pins.

Fold the fabric under at the corners and securely staple it in place with a staple gun. Cut off any excess fabric if needed.

If your chair had piping or trim, attach it to the chair using a hot glue gun or staple it in place.

Step 5: Reassemble the Chair

After the new fabric is secured in place, it's time to reassemble the chair. Screw the chair leg back on and replace any other parts that were removed during the fabric removal process.

Step 6: Enjoy Your Reupholstered Chair!

With all the hard work done, it's time to sit back and enjoy your newly reupholstered chair. Not only will it look brand new, but it's also a unique piece of furniture that no one else will have.

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