After I shared my DIY project: DIY Customized Kids Chalkboard Dresser, one of my awesome readers submitted a project she worked on with her daughter in law. She shared her own diy how to re-cover a dining room chair seat. This project is so simple and can save you hundreds of dollars. Dining room chairs aren't cheap, so before you toss the spaghetti stained chairs in your dining room, consider re-covering them first!
I speak from personal experience because my husband has re-covered our chair seats as well. When we found our dining room furniture at a discount warehouse I was thrilled, but when they only had the chairs in white fabric, I knew they wouldn't last long. A few months after we purchased them I went to Hobby Lobby and found a fabric that matched our newly painted kitchen, so thick plastic, and he covered the chair seats so they would last, which they did!
Here's Gail's story:
How To Recover A Dining Room Chair Seat:
- Thick clear plastic (if you need to protect the fabric from spills)
-Ruler or Tape Measurer
1. Unscrew seat pads from your chair.
2. Use the screwdriver or staple puller to remove the current fabric covering (we left ours on which made our seats a cushions a little thicker).
3. Place fabric on the table and place the seat pad on the fabric upside down.
3. Trace with a pencil or free cut with about 3-4 extra inches of fabric on each side.
4. This is where it starts to get tricky. You need to make sure you pull the fabric as tightly as possible so it doesn't wrinkle. You can fold it at the corners, and after you pace your first staples you can cut the excess fabric from the underside of the seat pad.
5. After securing your fabric with staples cover in plastic and repeat or place your newly re-covered seat cushions on your chair and screw them back in.