How to Reupholster a Dining Room Chair How to Reupholster a Dining Room Chair

What You'll Need
New fabric for the chair
Staple remover
Tape measure

A dining room chair seems like a simple enough element to change when redesigning the decor of the dining room. A simple change can be in the dining room because that is where we gather with friends and family over a nice meal. A simple change could be as easy as replacing the table cloth but another simple change is reupholstering the dining room chairs. It sounds much harder that it actually is and this article will show you how to easily do it.

Step 1 - Measuring the Fabric

The majority of fabric you'll find comes in fixed widths of 45 inches or 54 inches. Use the tape measure and measure the top of one of the chairs. Now measure the thickness of the seat cushion. Multiply that by 4 and add that to the measurement you took of the top of the seat. Multiply that measurement by the total number of seats you're going to be reupholstering. If you double this final measurement you will have enough fabric to cover the tops, sides and bottoms of all of your dining room chairs. To make it easy on the fabric store you can convert the inches to feet by dividing by 12. If you want to convert to yards then remember that 1 yard is equal to 12 feet. If all of this is too confusing to bother with then take a dining room chair seat with you to the fabric store. If you do this you may also be able to get a fabric that is easily made to be identical for each dining room chair.

Step 2 - Cutting the Fabric

Place all of your dining room chairs together. If you have chairs then line two next to each other and the other two directly in front of them with the backs facing the other way. Lay the fabric you purchased over the seats and pull it until the pattern matches on all of the seats. Use chalk, marker or even tape to make the outline. Cut the fabric out following the outline plus the added lengths for all four sides.

Step 3 - Removing the Old

First, remove the seat from one of the dining room chairs. There should be just a few screws holding it place. Once the seat is removed turn it upside down. Use the staple remover to take out the staples holding the fabric in place. Keep in mind that you can reupholster a dining room chair without actually removing the old fabric. You will need to do this if you are also replacing the foam cushion.

Step 4 - Reupholstering

Remove each seat from the dining room chairs and remove the fabric. Place the seat on top of the cut squares of fabric. Make sure that the seat is centered between the outline. Pull the top flap in tight and staple, then the bottom and repeat with the sides and the rest of the seats. Replace the seats on the chairs.

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