HOW TO REUPHOLSTER DINING CHAIRS WITH PERFECTLY SMOOTH CORNERS

Let me show you how simple it is to reupholster wooden chairs. Even if you are a beginner, you can handle this!  Here are some tips...

MATERIALS

MATERIALS

– Chairs to Upholster – Fabric of your choice – Batting – 1/2″ plywood – Upholstery staple remover – Flathead Screwdriver and Needle nose pliers – Fabric scissors – Staple gun – 3/8″ or 1/2″ staples

HOW TO REUPHOLSTER DINING CHAIRS

HOW TO REUPHOLSTER DINING CHAIRS

Start by removing the seats from your chairs. Usually they are attached underneath with screws. Remove the old fabric staples to remove the fabric.

REPLACE THE PLYWOOD IF NEEDED Check out the wood and foam that’s underneath   to see if it’s in good enough condition to reuse or not. If it need's to be replaced, use the old plywood as a pattern to cut new 1/2″ plywood using a jigsaw.

REPLACE FOAM AND BATTING IF NEEDED If your foam still has good bounce and it’s comfortable and it doesn’t look stained or gross, you can definitely reuse it.

Start by laying your fabric facedown on your work surface. Lay the batting on top of the fabric, followed by the foam and the wooden seat.

LAY OUT THE LAYERS OF THE SEAT

Use a staple gun to attach your fabric under the seat. Start with one staple in the center of each side, wrap the fabric around pulling it tight. Use a staple to hold it in place.

STAPLE THE FABRIC IN PLACE.

Upholstering the corners can get a bit tricky. This is the best way I've found. Try to secure the fabric along the sides a bit closer to the corner.

HOW TO GET SMOOTH CORNERS

Cut the excess fabric about 1/2" down from the fold. Do not cut too close to the seat. Pull the flap of fabric toward the bottom chair and tuck the excess into the fold as you pull it. Pull tight and staple. Repeat for the other 3 corners.

CUT EXCESS FABRIC

The last step is to reattach the newly covered seats to your chairs. They almost feel like brand new chairs!

REATTACH CHAIR SEATS

Get the full step-by-step tutorial here.

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