How to Reupholster a Chair Seat

I found this old chair at the Goodwill a few weeks ago for 4 bucks,
and in my eyes the only thing it really needed was new fabric.

Step 1: Take off the seat.

Step 2: Choose your fabric. (I chose to cover it in white first, only because I was afraid my fun fabric was too thin...and the green might show through. Normally you probably wouldn't need to do this...)

Step 3: Cut enough fabric to allow roughly 2.5 to 3 inches on each side.

Step 4: Firmly staple the middle on each side.

Step 5: Work your way around tugging lightly and stapling the fabric in place.

(The corners get thick and bunchy fast. Maneuver it around the best way you can so that the least amount of folds show on the seat sides.)


I did the same exact thing with my fun fabric, right on top of the white.

Then happily screwed it back on my chair.

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  1. This looks fantastic , what a great update ! And thanks for sharing how you reupholster :)

  2. Super cute $4 chair!!! Hop over today at my Nifty Thrifty tuesday party, because you have been featured this week. Please feel free to grab my featured button (located under my header) for your blog.


  3. Love it!! Great choice of fabric too.

  4. Wow, great chair! It looks awesome with the new fabric, too. :)

    sara @ applestonedrive.blogspot.com

  5. LOVE it!! And too funny that we posted about the same thing with almost the same fabric :)) Great taste!

  6. Nice transformation! Great choice of fabric.

  7. I just found your site and I love it!! You have so many great ideas! Looking forward to following you.

  8. Your chair looks great (your blog too, love it here!!!) I have this linked to my upholstery DIY project post too today!

  9. Beautiful! What kind of staple gun do you use?
    Thanks so much!


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