Monday, 28 January 2013

Chair Re upholster Tutorial

I have wanted to re upholster this chair for a while now. I bought 2 of these along with a formica table for £5 at auction.
The seat pad came off easily as it has wooden pieces that slotted into grooves on the chair.
I bought some fabric from Ikea (£4) and a piece of foam from Dunelm (£3.25). I would advise using a slightly thicker more hard wearing fabric.
I took out all the staples holding the old laminate fabric in place. I just used a kitchen knife and some small pliers.
I got rid of the old fabric and foam and used the wooden base to draw onto the new foam. I then cut this out with some sharp fabric scissors.
I then cut out a square of fabric big enough to cover the foam and reach the base where it will be stapled into place and a little extra.
Then pulling the fabric tight I stapled in place. I have never used a staple gun before and it did take a bit of getting used to. I found you had to really push down to make the staples go completely into the wood base.
I cut off any excess fabric and re positioned the base back onto the chair.

Ta dah! It was actually very easy and cheap to do and I think it's a massive improvement.

Love Lemon x


  1. That's amazing. It's great that you don't have to spend a huge amount of money to update something.
    I love the fabric too. Well done xx

    1. I know it really was a cheap project this one! I'm impressed with your tie backs they look great xx

    2. Awww thank you! They were so easy though, nothing like this :-) xx

  2. Love this post, shows just how easy it is to do.

    Now you just need to paint the chairs a nice zingy colour *winks* xx

    1. Thanks Karen, it really is easy isn't it! I am actually currently looking at your blog!! So funny. I'm loving it all and those art deco cups and saucers - wow! Ok I'm going back to read more, thanks for all the paint tips and do let me know when you put a tutorial up x