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If you have a dining room set in which the chair seats are starting to show their age, you can give the chairs a fresh look simply by replacing the fabric seat covers. This is an easy and inexpensive job that will add several years to the life of your dining room set, but as with all jobs, the results are only going to be as good as the effort you put into it. Using the right tools and materials is essential to making your re-upholstered chairs look as if they just came off the production line.

Tools and Materials you will need:

Fabric pen                        Scissors

Needle-nose pliers         Staple gun

Tape measure                 Screwdrivers

Fabric                                Lining for seat cushions (muslin)

*Note:  If you are more of a visual learner, check out the great picture tutorial on Young House Love to see the step by step on how to re-upholster a chair!

Remove and Measure

Remove and Measure





Step 1: Remove the Seat Cushion from the Chair

Turn the chair over and look for the screws that secure the seat cushion to the frame of the chair. Remove the screws and the seat cushion should be able to be freed from the frame.

Step 2: Remove the Old Fabric

Cut away the old fabric from the seat cushion and use needle-nose pliers to pull out all of the staples from the under-side of the seat frame. If the old padding is still in good shape, you can reuse it. If the padding is worn out and in need of replacing, pick up replacement padding at your local craft or fabric supply store.

Step 3: Cut the Lining

Set the seat frame cushion-side down on the lining material (muslin). Use a measuring tape and the fabric pen to trace the outline of the seat frame three-inches out from all sides of the frame. Cut along the line and remove the excess lining.

Step 4: Staple the Lining to the Seat Frame

Take the center point of the lining along each side of the seat frame and staple them to the seat frame. Next, pull the fabric tight at one corner and staple the corner lining to the seat frame. Do this at the remaining three corners. Once you have all four corners stapled, start stapling the lining to the frame along each side, starting from the center and proceeding to the corners, pulling the lining taut along the way.

Step 5: Trim the Excess Lining

Use a pair of sharp scissors to trim away any excess lining that extends beyond your row of staples.

Step 6: Cut the Fabric

Place the fabric face-down on a flat surface and then place the seat frame cushion-side down on the fabric. Draw an outline around the seat frame using the same three-inch guide as you did with the lining. Cut the fabric along your outline and remove the excess.

If you are using a patterned piece of fabric, pay attention to where you place the seat frame so you can ensure the pattern shows up properly on the seat.

Step 7: Staple the Fabric to the Seat Frame

Starting at the center of one side, staple the fabric to the seat frame and then do the same thing for the remaining three sides. Like you did with the lining, start pulling the fabric taut and stapling the corners one at a time, then go back and start stapling the sides starting at the center and moving toward the corners. Make sure you pull the fabric taut as you staple to avoid the fabric from bunching up on the top side of the seat.

Step 8: Reinstall the Seat Cushion to the Chair Frame

Set the seat cushion on the chair frame and use the original hardware to secure it in place. Flip the chair over, check out your handiwork and move on to the next chair.

DIY Re-upholster DIY Re-upholster

(Images: Apartment Therapy, Pinterest)

DIY Re-upholster

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