Recover Your Old Folding Chairs

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Change your old, dull folding chairs into something that is more exciting with pattern and color. 

Things you will need:

- Folding Chairs
- Fabric
- Staple Gun
- Spray Paint

1. Unscrew the cushion from the seat of the folding chair and the top.
2. Spray paint the frame of the chair in any desired color.  Let this fully dry for 24 hours.
2. Pick any fabric of you choice (mine was left over fabric from our living room)
3. Place the fabric over the cushion and staple gun it to the cushion so it fits tightly.  (Make sure you don't cover up the holes to screw the cushion back into the chair.
4. Cut off any excess fabric around the edges of the back of the cushion. 
5.  Snap the seat cushion back into the chair and put the screws back in.  Do the same for the top cushion.
6.  To protect the fabric from damage, scotch guard the two cushions



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    5 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    This sounds awesome I have 3 chairs that I am fixing to do. But I found the bottom of one chair to be very rusty and I cant seem to get the screw out. Any ideas from anyone.


    I have a folding chair that needs recovering but the cushions don't screw in, they're riveted on. Any suggestions for how to fix them? I hate to throw it away.

    1 reply

    You could carefully drill out the rivets and replace them with screws when you go to reassemble your chairs....


    7 years ago on Introduction

    these look like some vintage samsonite No. 1632 or similar, love the "floating" back rest on these. I actually have about 8 of these chairs to work with, and might do a set of 4 and sell or keep the rest as is. thanks for the idea!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I like this and it is a great idea. Does the paint chip at all or does it stay on pretty well? I have ugly old brown chairs and would love to do something like this to spruce them up!!