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Easy DIY Reupholstering Furniture Technique (With Steps)

Create a whole new look for your furniture by covering old fabrics with a new colorful pattern to brighten up any room.

One of the easiest pieces of furniture to re-cover are usually kitchen chairs or benches. Follow these step-by-step instructions and you’ll be done in no time.

  1. Make sure you can remove the seat from the base of the chair. Look underneath for screws or nuts and bolts, then take it apart so you can isolate just the piece you need to cover.
  2. Carefully measure the dimensions of the seat, including depth and an inch or two on the bottom where you will attach it. Add a few extra inches for wiggle room and calculate how much fabric you’ll need.
  3. Take a trip to the fabric store (any craft store usually carries this material) and have an idea in mind of what color you’d like. Consider the type of use your furniture gets to determine how thick and sturdy the fabric should be. Pick up a heavy-duty staple gun and staples while you’re at the store along with a fabric stain protector (you can apply that after you’re all done).
  4. Once you’re back home with your fabric and staples, decide if you want to remove the old fabric or just cover it. Most of the time, covering it will be fine and will save you lots of time and effort.
  5. Using a large, raised work surface, spread out the fabric and place the seat in the center. Fold the fabric around and use pins as place holders to make sure you’ve got enough material and to center or align any patterns.
  6. Carefully staple down the fabric along the longest side of the seat, leaving enough space in between staples to maintain the integrity of the fabric but also not so much that the fabric can pull or wrinkle. Stretch the fabric tightly across the top and pull it around to the opposite side and repeat the stapling process. You want the fabric to be tight but not so tight that it could rip when someone sits on it.
  7. Repeat the process of stapling and stretching on the other two opposing sides. Wrap the corners under similarly to how you would a gift package.
  8. Replace the seat onto the chair frame using the same screws or nuts and bolts to attach them together again. You may need to make a tiny cut in the fabric in order for the screws to go through into the frame.