Introduction: Recover Dining Room Chairs

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These dining room chairs have seen better days. After 10 years, the covers were done, but the chairs are still sturdy

Step 1: Remove the Seats From the Frame

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4 screws held the seats to the frame. Remove the screws and the seats. I needed a flash light to see what screwdriver I needed.

Step 2: Remove Old Covers

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Remove the old covers by taking out the staples holding the covers. This took the longest of all the steps, I used an old pocket knife to pry up the staples an pliers to extract the staples.

Step 3: Cover the Seat With New Material

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We got fabric from a national home decorating company. They suggested high performance cloth, because of the high use and need for cleaning. The cushion under the material was still good, so we reused those. Cut the material so there is more than enough to cover the seat. If your fabric has a bias, make sure it is properly oriented. You can use the old cover as a template. Place the seat in the middle and check for straight. I attached the widest side first with spary glue then staples from a staple gun. Then turn the seat 180 degrees and stretch the fabric and attach. Then attach the first side, turn the seat, stretch and attach. The corners posed the biggest challenge. I found that grabbing the material and pulling it tight was the best method. Depending on where the folds occur, you can rearrange or remove some of the material.

Step 4: Finish

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Here is a completed seat. Reattach the seats to the frame, and done


Steamer1234 (author)2017-11-29

What material do I use for the cushions?

Sweet2769 (author)2016-03-19

I need help with the corners i am getting angry

AndrewH170 (author)Sweet27692016-03-19

Don't worry about perfect. Make them as uniform as you can. You won't notice imperfections if they are about the same.  Grab the material and pull it tight and make the folds uniform

betsycoss (author)2016-02-02

You explained it well. Mine turned out fine!

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-01-31

Great restoration job.

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