Monday, June 14, 2010

DIY: How to reupholster a chair seat pad . . . easy!

I want to show you how to reupholster a chair seat pad because it is so easy. Anyone can do this, and what a change it can make ~ A great way to customize any chair!


1. Remove the chair seat from the chair and remove the old fabric (usually it is too old, stained, or yucky to use). If it's in good shape and it doesn't show thru your new fabric you can cover over it.

 [I had two old covers to remove :)]

 2. Cut your new fabric at least 2-3" wider than the chair seat on each side, depending on how deep it is. You will need to be able to staple it all around the edges on the back side.

3. Center your chair seat with padding side down on the wrong side of the fabric
(if your chair padding is in bad shape you can also use batting to add more cushion and staple it along with your new fabric).

4. Using a staple gun with 1/2" staples, staple the first staple on the front edge side. Put the next staple on the back side of the chair seat, pulling the fabric tight so it is not loose on the fabric side. Flip your chair seat over and check to see if your fabric pattern is where you want it on the seat and it's straight.

5. Staple about 5 staples along the front side of the seat and then the back side of the seat about 2" apart; making sure to pull fabric tight as you staple, to keep the fabric in place.

6. Now move to the sides of the chair seat and staple one staple on each side, pulling fabric tight.


7. Continue stapling all sides to within about 1" of each corner.

8. To staple the corners, tuck in each side and staple if necessary and then pull the corner toward the center and staple, making sure the front and side edge is not puckered and looks the way you want it.

9. Flip it over; reattach it to the chair and VOILA! YOU'RE DONE!!!
Doesn't it look great?!!!


[Our chairs may not be recovered with the fabric you would expect for their style, but it was intentional. These are going in a church coffee shop {}.]


  1. That came out great! Your bathroom sounds divine and thanks for stopping by my blog!


  2. Hi Julie!!!!
    Great tutorial girl, you make it look sooooo easy :)
    Those chairs will be awesome in the church coffee shop...they are so cheery!!!!

    I want to thank you for coming to visit me and leaving me the sweetest of comments! I'm so glad you found me, it led me back to you and your beautiful blog!

    Your gardens are gorgeous Julie...I could just sit out there and visit with you all day...and watch for the brown...oooops...I mean white bunny! hahaha too cute!

    You are an inspiration indeed girl, especially if you know how to handle a staple gun! tee hee!

    Don't be a stranger and thanks again was so nice to meet you :))))

  3. Wonderful! The chair turned out so well. You have inspired me! Susan :)

  4. i love this idea and want to try it someday. thanks for making it look so easy!


  5. great idea, looks easy, I have a chair that needs a makeover!

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