Anyone Can upholster a chair!
Have ever wanted to upholster a chair and been too scared or confused on where to begin? Worry no more my little Diy-ers! This cheaters guide on how to upholster a chair will have you looking like a pro!
First find your chair
This chair was a Craigslist find of mine. When I bought it for $20 bucks I had NEVER tried to upholster anything before. I figured I couldn’t make it look any worse than it did so it was worth a shot! When you choose a chair you should look for one with a good frame and a simple design. My chair has fabric on flat, easy areas to work with. (This isn’t the first time I have changed the fabric on this chair. The green print was mine, so I can just add new fabric over that) If the fabric on your chair is torn or smelly then just rip it right off! You can work right over the padding itself.
What you’ll need for the project
I spent less than $20 to makeover my chair!
A canvas drop cloth, spool of twine and a spool of fabric trim I bought at Hobby Lobby. The only tools you’ll need are scissors, a staple gun and a glue gun. I also suggest coffee and gangster rap but those are optional.
Adding the Fabric
I did not measure at all for this project. I simply cut my small drop cloth in half. One piece for the back of the chair and one for the seat. I took one half of the drop cloth and draped it over the seat. I pulled it through the space where it meets the back of the chair and added a few staples to hold it in place.
Staple a few times right in the middle to hold.
Now that the fabric is held in place, take your scissors and trim it around the shape of the seat. Just do a little at a time. Its better to have to go around a couple times than to cut too much of the first!
The next step is to fold the fabric underneath itself and staple! Just follow the edge of the previous fabric line. Don’t stress about your staples being totally straight. You are going to cover them anyway!
Work your way all the way around the seat. Fold…Staple…Repeat. Just fold the fabric and tuck it in if you have an area like I do on the arms of the chair.
For the back of the chair lay it on the floor and place the second half of the drop cloth over the area to cover. Trim to fit just like you did with the seat. Remember to leave an edge you can fold under when stapling.
Once you have stapled around the whole area you are ready fro the trim. Time to put away the stapler and get the glue gun!
Adding the trim
You can use anything you like for trim. Rope, twine, chain….get creative! You don’t even have to add two types like I did. I just wanted something a little different. No surprise there!
Adding the trim is honestly super easy. I know most of you have used a glue gun so just run a line of glue over those staples and press the trim into the glue. Bada Boom Bada Bing!
Once you cover the staples on the back of the chair do the same thing to the seat. Just follow the trail of staples! Once they are covered you can be finished if you want OR you can start to add the second layer of trim like I did.
I like the contrast of the two trims against the drop cloth. It all makes my neutral color- texture loving heart happy!
That’s it! Easier than you thought, right? Remember if you make a mistake you can always remove a staple or two and start over. If you are feeling really confident go and pick a fun fabric. I have changed this chair 3 times now. It was wearing a black buffalo check last winter. Switching the fabric is so easy who knows what it will be wearing this Christmas!
I hope this post helped you overcome any fear you had to Upholster a chair on your own!
Thanks for stopping by XOXO