The other day I helped my friends Steve and Sonya reupholster their (recently professionally refinished to match and look fancy by us) many, many chairs. They have like 40 chairs. Or at least 9. Our friend Dan was there too, so we put him to work. It took 4 hours because 9 chairs, but it was the most fun I've had doing a DIY Dacey yet.
Reupholstering chairs is SUPER easy. Anyone with a decent pair of scissors and a staple gun can do it.
There are two main secret keys to crushing the project.
Click "Read More" below to learn what they are!
- Chairs (S+S have two different chairs, and therefore two different chair seats)
- Staple gun
- Staples - I prefer long ones (1/4")
Using your screwdriver, remove the seat from the chair. (This step is not pictured, but you can see two chair seats in the photo above).
One problem we ran into after we upholstered our first chair was that the previous upholstery job covered up the screw holes. (So we also covered them, and then we couldn't screw it on to the chair without going through the fabric, which was impossible).
To remedy this sitch we took time before we added the new fabric to cut away the areas around the screw holes. Sonya was a total pro at this part.
Sonya wanted the medallion to be in the middle of the seat, so we carefully prepped before we started stapling and cutting.
Here's the first SECRET KEY TO REUPHOLSTERY: you don't have to remove the old fabric that's already on the chair. If you do remove the fabric, you'll probably just find another layer of fabric, because everyone just layers freshies on.
Staple it on. Hold the fabric taut and then staple securely. Continue the entire way around the chair, tucking fabric as needed (you'll esp. tuck around the corners).
Here's the second SECRET KEY TO REUPHOLSTERY: The corners, which you'll be the most worried about, don't have to be perfect. Look at other chairs, and you'll find they are not perfect. There are seams and little pokes of excess fabric.
Flip the chair seat over. Oh my, you did a good job!
Make sure you like it, and adjust (add more staples) as needed.
Flip it back again and cut off any excess fabric.
Screw the chair seat back onto the frame. Pretty self explanatory, but here's a list of problems we faced and solutions:
1. Make sure the seat matches the bottom. Not all frames are the same, and you want to find the right match so it's easy to screw it back on.
2. As noted above, the hole has to be clear (no fabric covering it) to screw it back in.
3. Try to use the same screws that were already there, again that will make it an easier and quicker fit.
Remember the chair we screwed up way back in Step 3? Here's Steve and Dan clearing a path to the screw hole (with pliers, scissors, and love) and then re-securing the new fabric. They did a fantastic job.
If you have 9 chairs you have to do this 9 times. A quick several hours later...and you're done!