Is it time to do those tired dining chairs a favour and give them a new lease on life this season? Classic dining room furniture with good bones but outdated covers, can be easily transformed with fresh fabric and a little love.
Here’s 8 easy steps to reupholstering dining chairs, so your furniture looks fashionable and fabulous fast!
• 1/2 metre material for each chair cushion
• 1/2 metre lining for each chair cushion
• tape measure
• temporary fabric pen
• staple gun & staples
1. Remove Seat Cushions
Remove the seat cushions from each chair frame. Then carefully, remove the old material from each cushion. Tip: When choosing your new material, select a design that complements your dining room decor.
2. Trim Lining to Size
Place seat frame with cushion side face down on lining. Trace a line approximately 8-10 centimetres from the edge of each cushion around the entire frame using the temporary fabric pen. Cut along the traced line.
3. Staple Lining to Frames
Staple the lining fabric to each frame using the staple gun. Begin by stapling at the centre point of each side, followed by a staple at each corner. Pull the fabric tight as you work around the frame. Once the sides and corners are stapled in place, continue securing the lining to frame by working from centre point to corner.
4. Trim Lining
Trim any excess fabric along outer edge of staple line with scissors.
5. Cut Fabric to Size
Place each lined seat frame face down on the material. Trace 8-10 centimetres outside the edge of the cushion around the entire frame using your temporary fabric pen. Cut along the traced line.
Tip: If you’re using patterned material, check that the design will be positioned as you wish it to appear on seat cushion.
6. Staple Material to Cushion Frames
Attach material to each chair’s frame using the staple gun. Begin with a staple art the centre point of each side, then one at each corner, pulling the material tight around the frame, as you go.
7. Attach Material at Corners
After you have stapled the sides and corners are in place, continue securing the material to the frame by working from centre point to each corner. Snugly pull and fold material around the curved corners to eliminate tucks on top side of cushion.
8. Reattach Seat Cushion to Chair Frame
After each seat cushion is covered with the new material, reattach the cushion to the chair frame using your screwdriver.
Voila! Your fab new dining chairs are now ready to show off to friends at your next dinner party!