How To Reupholster A Chair – Makeovers To Inspire You
You can recover just about any old chair or stool with a bit of patience and some basic diy skills. First things first: find an old stool/ chair with a frame that’s still in good shape. Remove the seat and give the base a makeover. A fresh coat of paint should do the trick. Then it’s time to focus on the seat. Remove the old fabric and cut new one making sure it’s slightly bigger than the piece you removed. Fold it over the seat and staple it in place. Staple a second piece over the edges to give it a neat look. After that you can reassemble the chair. All of this is described in more detail on threadbarecloak.
Finding an antique chair that’s still in good shape is pretty great because you can keep the frame intact and simply reupholster the seat and backrest, making the chair look almost like new. You can even maintain the same style and choose new fabric that looks similar to the old one. It’s a nice strategy if you want to recover an old piece and not change too much about it. Check out lostandfounddecor for an inspiring example.
Can you imagine what reupholstering an entire wingback chair would take? It wouldn’t be an easy or very quick process but it can definitely be done, as shown by this project on sixseeds.patheos. What’s particularly interesting is that this massive armchair was reupholstered using a no-sew method. It looks great and you could do something similar if you follow the steps described here.
No-sew chair reupholsters are great and that’s mainly because you don’t need a sewing machine and thus you don’t waste time with that part. You can reupholster an entire chair using the no-sew method. The project we just showed you is one of the examples you can use as inspiration. We have another one prepared for you. It’s similarly complex and the transformation is quite impressive. It starts like most such projects, with the disassembly of the chair. In this particular case, everything had to be removed since it was so old and in such a bad shape. You may be able to salvage some elements if your chair is in better condition so give it a chance.
It’s amazing what some new upholstery can do for a chair. It’s something to keep in mind next time you find your furniture boring and outdated. Have a look at the transformation showed on fromgardens2bergers to see how an old and plain chair was turned into a chic piece any modern home would be lucky to have. The black and white stripes suit it well and give it a particularly elegant and timeless look.
Can’t decide what color or pattern to use for the new upholstery of your old armchair? Perhaps you’d like to combine two types of fabric to give the chair more character. You could upholster the back using one type of fabric and the seat and armrests using a different kind. Curious how that would turn out. Check out amyscasablanca for a detailed description of a reupholstered chair that went from old and boring to new and vibrant. It’s one of the best transformations we’ve seen so far.
Dining chairs can get dirty and ugly in a relatively short period of time and it comes a point when cleaning them just won’t do much difference. That’s when you can start thinking about new upholstery. A practical tip that we found on creatingreallyawesomefunthings is that taking the time to remove all the old fabric and all the staples doesn’t really make a difference in some cases. You can leave it on and just put new fabric on top of that. Check out this project to see how that turned out.
As it turns out, old and ugly chairs can fit beautifully in modern homes and all you need to do is to reupholster them. This can be a fairly simple project if the design and structure of the chair allow it. In some cases, it can be a pretty lengthy and difficult process but even then it’s worth the time and effort. Have a look at this cool transformation showed on sherwooddrive. The after pictures show a very stylish chair.
Sometimes, if the construction of the chair allows it, you can sew covers for the seat and backrest and you can just slip them on and secure them in place. These side chairs showed on providenthomedesign are a nice example. Originally, they had leather upholstery and removing it was not exactly a practical option so it was just covered in fabric.
This elegant chair showed on tidbits got a new seat cover as well. It’s a cute skirt that’s tied around the legs, giving the chair an elegant and chic look. But that’s not the only thing that was changes. The frame of the chair and the backrest were painted to better suit the new look. After the transformation, this look like a French country style chair that could look great in any home.
Let’s say you’ve decided to reupholster an old chair. While you’re at it, you could also make some minor design changes as well which could help define the new look that you have in mind for that particular piece. For example, you could paint the frame and get rid of the buttons if the chair had a button0tufted backrest, like the ones showed on whatsurhomestory.
Another idea is to reinvent the chair by giving it a completely new type of seat. After you remove the old upholstery you don’t necessarily have to replace it with new one. You can think of something else entirely. For instance, you could weave a new seat out of jute strips or belts. A nail head trim would complete the new look perfectly. If you like the idea, we have a special tutorial showing how to make a jute chair seat.