How to Reupholster a Chair Seat
Last summer I purchased a set of 6 dining room chairs at a farm auction for just $35. I loved the rich, antique wood but the stained, ripped red velvet fabric had to go.
Reupholstering a seat is an easy way to update or refresh your chairs. You will need:
• Staple Gun & Staples
• Foam Chair Pad
• Upholstery Fabric
• Batting (optional)
• Wood Stain Marker (optional)
First, flip the chair over and unscrew the seat base. Underneath the old fabric you will find a chair pad. Depending on it’s condition, or if you would like to add more padding, you may wish to replace the pad with a thicker one purchased at a craft store. In my case, I decided to reuse the old pad and add two layers of batting. Cut up old blankets could also be used for batting.
Place the chair pad and seat base onto your batting. Cut around the seat base leaving 3-4” of batting around all sides. Staple the batting onto the seat base, pulling the sides tight as you go to eliminate bunching. Be careful not to staple the batting over the screw holes. If you are not using batting, you can skip this step.
For adding the upholstery fabric, follow the same steps as above.
Once stapled to the seat base, trim off the excess fabric.
Use a wood stain marker to touch up the scrapes and nicks in the wood. Screw the seat base back onto the chair frame. Now you have a beautiful “new” chair!
Let’s look at the Before/After shot: