How to Replace a Wood Chair Seat How to Replace a Wood Chair Seat
Replacing a wood chair seat is a simple affair. It can be easily done at home as a weekend project. Here are some simple guidelines that will help you replace the seats of your wooden chairs at home.
Step 1: Remove the Existing Seats
Remove the existing seat of the chair with a powered screw driver. If the seat is upholstered, remove the existing upholstery and seat cushion as well. Take care while removing any staples or nails.
Step 2: Cut out template for new seats
With the wooden plank free now, take a tracing paper and trace the seat on to it. Cut out the traced bit and test fit on the chair seat. It should fit snugly, but not too tightly as you need to also consider a little space for the upholstery.
Step 3: Cut out the new seat
When you have the right shape and size on the tracing paper, trace the template back on the plywood sheet and cut it out with the help of a jigsaw. If you want you can also use a miter saw. Sand the sides of the cut ply wood seat carefully to ensure that there are no rough edges that can tear the upholstery or hurt somebody sitting on the chair. Once ready, fit the new seat into the groove of your chair to check if it is the right size.
Step 4: Fix foam on to the new seat
Trace the seats on to foam sheets and cut similar shape as the seats with 2 inches extra. Now, place your new wooden seats in an open area and spray some wood glue on it. Apply the cut out foam sheets to the seat and press down firmly. Allow glue to dry as per manufacturers instructions.
Step 5: Cut out fabric for reupholstering
Once dry, turn the seat over and fix the extra protruding foam sheets with a staple gun. Now take your fabric and cut it using the same template of tracing paper that you used for the plywood seat. Now cut it in a similar shape but with 2 inches extra. These extra inches are important as these will be used to wrap the fabric around the edges and underneath the seat to give a clean look to your chair sheets.
Step 6: Fix fabric on the new seats
Once your fabric pieces are cut out, take a seat and wrap the front portion neatly with the fabric. Carefully nail or staple it in the bottom of the seat. Once tightly fixed, pull the fabric neatly on to the back portion of the seat and fix it in a similar fashion with nails or staples. Similarly fix the other two sides as well. Trim all the excess fabric from underneath the seat. Ensure that you do a clean job.
Step 7: Fit the new seat on the chair
Fit your new seat on your chair and fix it with screws as was done previously.