While making our ideal studio space, I stared at our old desk chairs in dismay. While they worked perfectly well, the scratchy, ugly brown fabric that they were upholstered with was simply unacceptable in our new, beautiful space. I decided that we needed to reupholster them, and after a quick trip to the fabric store and a few hours with a staple gun, we had a pair of brand new desk chairs for about five bucks! It was super quick, easy, and entirely transformed our studio.
Here's how to do it...
Step 1: Materials You'll Need
–Fabric. (Ours took about ½ yard per chair, but measure the hight and width of your backrest and seat cushions, adding 4” to each side to be sure you have enough to wrap around them)
–Screwdriver (philips or flathead depending on your chair's assembly components)
–Extra pair of hands (you'll need help stretching and holding the fabric)
Step 2: Disassemble Your Chair
Start by turning the chair on its side and seeing what needs to be unscrewed. Our chairs needed to have the armrests and legs removed with the screwdriver, while the backrest easily removed by unscrewing the giant knob that lets you adjust its height. When you're finished the back rest and seat cushion should be completely separate from the other components of the chair.
Pop off the plastic backs from the cushions so that all of the staples are exposed.
Step 3: Cut Fabric to Size
If your fabric has a certain pattern that you want to show, take time to make sure the pattern is sitting the in correct place.
Step 4: Go to Town With the Staple Gun!
Start by stapling one side into place with a few staples. Then, pulling the fabric as tight as you can, staple the side directly across from it. Repeat this on the third and fourth sides, making sure to keep the fabric as tight as possible. Just put a few staples into place so you can get the basic shape laid down. Once you have all four sides in the right position staple along the entire perimeter to connect the sides.
Corners are very important, since you want don't want the gathering to show and be lumpy on the seat. Do them last after all of the sides are completed. Pull the fabric tight and evenly distribute the gathering. Get your partner to staple while you hold in place. Repeat with the other three corners.
By the end you should have a beautifully smooth cushion. Repeat with the second cushion.