How to Re-Upholster a Swivel Chair

Introduction: How to Re-Upholster a Swivel Chair

This is a really easy cheap project that transforms a boring old office swivel chair into something unique and lovely.

An old swivel chair
Enough fabric to cover the back-rest and seat of your swivel chair

Step 1: Dis-Assemble Your Swivel Chair

Both the back-rest and the seat of the swivel chair are probably screwed into the main frame, have a look at your swivel chair and dismantle it. On the one pictured there were two screws holding the backrest in place and four screws holding the seat in place.

Once you have unscrewed the back-rest and seat, you need to take the padded part out of the frame, with this chair it was simplya case of levering the padded part out with a flat-head screwdriver (used as the lever).

Step 2: Cut Your Chosen Fabric to Size

Using the padded back-rest and seat as a guide, cut out your new baric, making sure you allow enough fabric to pull over the sides and staple into the back of each padded piece. I'd allow at least four or five inches all round.

Step 3: Staple Your Fabric in Place

Using a staple gun, staple your new fabric to the underside of the padded pieces, starting in the middle of the four sides and pulling the fabric smooth and tight before stapling in place. Once you've secured the four sides of fabric work your way all the way round, stapling the fabric close together and overlapping to keep it neat around the curves.

Step 4: Replaced the Padded Pieces Into the Frames

Once you have stapled the new fabric all around each pice, replace the padded back-rest and seat into the frames and then screw the frames back to the chair base.

Step 5: Enjoy Your New Chair!

Sit back and enjoy your handiwork. This is a ceriously quick and cheap way to transform a boring chair into something beautiful and unique. I hope this instructable was helpful to you.

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6 years ago on Introduction

Thanks for your great tutorial. I definitely will be doing this asap. I'll add a swift spray on for the plastic parts to lighten it all up. Your work is great. onward and upward.


9 years ago on Step 5

Great, a few weeks ago I brought an old chair home from the office (instead of taking it to the tip). I was wondering how it would look re-covered - this has inspired me!


9 years ago on Introduction

I Like it.... My chair is realy Dirty . First day = Yellow . but now is Black ! :D tnx man


11 years ago on Introduction

Nice job, and exactly what I have been instructed to do by Kitewife.