>>Enter Slideshow If you're tempted to pass up a set of Mid Century dining chairs due to ugly, stained or torn upholstery, DON'T do it! There are, in fact, shortcuts to reupholstery that eliminate tedious, time consuming steps. My spouse bet me that he could re-cover three dining chairs in half the time it took me to do the same. The two arm chairs had some tricky notches but he showed me his lazy upholsterer's method. I'm not even sure a pro would see any difference unless he took the seats off to examine them...
>>Enter Slideshow Tools and Materials:
- 1 yard of polyester dacron or cotton batting
- staple gun
- flathead screwdriver for staple removal (if necessary)
>>Enter Slideshow Step by Step:
- Remove chair seats and put screws in a safe place
- Place armed chair seats on top of wrong side of fabric
- Chalk an outline around the chair seat approximately 4" larger than the seat
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 for smaller chair seats
- Cut out 12" x 12" squares of batting, bevel the sharp edge all the way the top
- Place batting square, bevel side up, in the center of the chair seat
- Place the new fabric piece on top of the batting and chair seat, with even amounts of fabric overhang
- Straighten pattern, if necessary
- Begin attaching fabric by placing 3-4 staples at the center front of the seat, repeat for the back of the seat
- Move from the center outwards, pulling slightly and firmly to get a snug, but not tight, pull on the fabric and attach staples stopping 2" from the corners
- To work the fabric into the notched area, chalk a "v" towards the center of the notch, being careful not to cut so deeply that the you don't have enough fabric to pull up and attach to the chair bottom
- Staple the "point" of the fabric which was left by cutting a "v"
- Fold and attach the fabric to the right and left of the notches
- Move outward towards the corners from the notches, folding and stapling fabric neatly at the corners
- After completing the notched arm chairs, the other seats are easy.
- Re-attach newly covered seats to chair frames
Reupholstering an Open Arm Side Chair