Good Questions: How Can I Update IKEA Granas Chairs?

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Smileydq wrote in to ask for advice on updating Ikea chairs: I bought Ikea's Granas table and chairs on Craigslist for a song a couple of years ago and still love the lines of it. I like the color of the metal and the grid pattern, but am tired of the woven cane seats. I would like to recover them, but don't know if that will work or what fabric I should choose.

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My roommate and I have the set in an open living room/dining room along with a soft yellow leather couch and a black futon with a bright red cover. Any suggestions?
smileydq

We love the idea of recovering the seats of those Granas chairs with something bright and interesting. How about a Marimekko print in black and white? Ikea itself has a great array of bright fabrics that would help punch up your dining room set, or you might find some funky flat sheets in the back to school sales to use as fabric.

Any other suggestions or advice? Have any of you covered the seats of the Granas chairs?