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Reupholstering Dining Room Chairs

Rimlee Bhuyan Jun 18, 2019
The best way to give your dining room a new look is by reupholstering dining room chairs. Here, we are going to discuss how to reupholster dining room chairs.
Perhaps the most overlooked room in terms of home decoration is the dining room. We spend so much time decorating the living room and the bedroom, that we do not pay much attention to the dining room decor. Most of us have a dining room that boasts of an impressive dining table but sadly the dining room chairs look a little drab.
The upholstery of the dining room chairs is subjected to years of wear and tear and after some time the look becomes faded and boring. This detracts from the beauty of the dining table and also the room. The best way to give your dining room a modern look is by reupholstering the dining room chairs.
You might think that it is a very challenging project. But reupholstering furniture is not very hard and once you have the right supplies, you will be surprised how soon you can transform the look of your dining room furniture. The cost of reupholstering dining room chairs will depend on the price of the upholstery fabric that you choose.

How to Reupholster Dining Room Chairs

One of the most important thing to remember when you take up the reupholstering chairs project is that you should make sure that the chairs are in good condition. Wobbly legs, damaged back or splintered wood should be taken care of first. Next, you need to choose the right fabric for your chairs.
Try to keep your lifestyle in mind while doing so. Although pristine white jacquard fabric might look beautiful, it is not a very practical choice particularly if you have pets or small children. On the other hand, avoid colors like beige, navy and olive green in upholstery fabric.
They will make the chairs look darker and the dining room will look smaller than it is. Try different colors and patterns that will inject some warmth to your dining room. You can also match the colors of the fabric with the existing curtains in the room to create a streamlined and cohesive look.

Things Required

  • Upholstery fabric
  • Screwdriver
  • Scissors
  • Staples
  • Staple gun


The seat cushion is attached to the frame of the chair with screws and you need to remove the seat from the chair by using a screwdriver. Once you have removed the seat, the next step is to remove the hard backing material of the seat.
This is usually cardboard and is attached to the underside of the seat cushion. With the help of scissors, cut the old upholstery fabric from the seat cushion and remove it completely. This is an important step in reupholstering dining room chair seats. If you upholster the new fabric over the old one, it will give a very bulky look.
The next step in how to reupholster a chair is to lay the cushion top over the new fabric and mark the pattern with a chalk marker. Add 4 inches of fabric measurement on all the sides of the pattern and cut out the upholstery fabric.
Always keep this allowance of 4 inches, otherwise you will not have enough fabric to wrap the edges of the cushion. Once you are done cutting the fabric, lay the fabric with its unpatterned side facing towards you on a clean work table.
Place the cushion over the fabric in such a way that the underside of the cushion is facing towards you. Fold the fabric on one side of the cushion and staple it to the cushion with the staple gun. When one edge of the cushion is stapled, pull the fabric taunt over the cushion seat and staple the other three sides.
If the cushion is a curved one, then you will have to fold the fabric in pleats before stapling it to the cushion. Next staple the cardboard backing that you had removed earlier. Place the reupholstered cushion back on the frame of the chair and screw it in place.
The cost of reupholstering chairs is not very high as you will only be bearing the cost of the upholstery fabric. Although it is a time-consuming project, it is well worth the effort.