Re-upholster an Old Chair With a T-shirt




Introduction: Re-upholster an Old Chair With a T-shirt

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Spiff up those dusty chairs you found on the sidewalk with this easy trick.

Not only does this give that gross old cushion a new-looking and personalized touch, but it will also help to trap in mold, dust and other nasty allergens.

Takes about 10 minutes.

Step 1: Get a Big Shirt

Find an old shirt that you're never going to wear again.
Make sure it's big enough to cover the front of your cushion.

Step 2: Take the Cushion Off Your Chair

Get a screwdriver and take the cushion off your chair.

Step 3: Bag It

Put the whole cushion in a plastic bag. This will trap all the dust, mold and years of funk that have built up in your crusty old cushion.

People will allergies will thank you.

(By the way, if you have dust allergies, you should get rid of your carpet NOW. You should get rid of your carpet anyway because it's made of toxic chemicals that off-gas for the whole lifespan of the carpet.)

Step 4: Staple the Bag in Place

Tack the bag to the cushion with a few staples.

Step 5: Go Vegan

All this work will probably make you hungry, so stop and have a healthful snack that's high in fiber and folic acid.

Step 6: Staple the T-shirt to the Cushion

Position the shirt on top of the cushion.

Turn the cushion around and staple the shirt to the back.

If your shirt has a picture like this one, make sure you remember which direction the image is facing. As you will see, I have attached the shirt backwards.

Step 7: Re-attach the Cusion to the Chair

Screw the cushion back to the chair. Use a little muscle and screw right through the shirt and the bag. This will hold the whole ensemble together better.

Step 8: Enjoy Your Work

Sit back and enjoy!

Now you have a chair that LOOKS almost new, and all the dust and mold is imprisoned inside where it cannot offend your allergies.

Notice I put my shirt on backwards. So make sure you don't make the same mistake, okay?

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    5 Discussions


    11 years ago on Step 5

    naw, this sounds like meat lovers pizza work to me...


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Would you consider submitting this to the Mashup contest?


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Ha ha, whoops, I missed the "mashup" contest! I'm really proud, though that both of my instructables are "featured" whatever that means. :) I love instructables! I'll keep an eye out for future contests


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Looks like fun I'm always lookin for wayz to reuse my old shirtz etc. Also: I need to have more celery breaktimeZ


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Nice instructable!! By the way... I woudn't call myself knowledgable by any means but.. You do realise that chair would be considered antique in many circles ... And unless it's a reasonable knock off... there are similiar pieces on ebay for close to 200US.. Good work.. ;)