The $32 Amazon Find That Hid the Torn Seat on My Dining Chair (and Prevented Me From Buying a New Set!)
Every day, I drink my coffee and eat all my meals at the little breakfast table next to my kitchen. Given how much time I spend sitting in the same faux-leather chair, I should’ve paid more attention when the seat started peeling near the front left corner. But I didn’t. Instead, as I sat there munching on toast one morning, I looked down, and there it was: a 3-inch-wide splotch where the material had completely eroded. Its edges were cracking, revealing more of the scratchy gray underlayer.
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It didn’t take long for my parents to notice the blemish. As they debated what to do about their decade-old dining chair — duct tape was too ugly; a replacement seemed unnecessary — I went to the place I always go for quick, cheap solutions. Like a good daughter, I found this pack of chair covers on Amazon that looked like they just might match the color and texture of our chair.
I’ll admit, I initially had my reservations about this product. I showed my find to my parents, warning them that the protectors could very well show up looking even worse than a duct tape-covered seat. But nearly 450 five-star Amazon ratings and seemingly trustworthy reviewer photos convinced us to order the covers. When they arrived, I took one out and was glad to find that it was super easy to slip on. Pulling it over the backrest and under the seat, I held my breath and stepped back to assess.
And…what a relief! The color of the protector was a near perfect match to the chair’s dark brown shade. The only somewhat obvious giveaway that they’re two separate parts is the elastic edge that encircles the base of the backrest. I continue to sit in this spot daily and am happy to share that this waterproof cover is soft and supple, and it doesn’t budge no matter how much I shift around. It’s also machine washable, but I find that cleaning it off with a baby wipe is usually enough to get any dust and crumbs off. Most of all, though, I’m satisfied that we didn’t have to buy a new chair, which would’ve been wasteful, expensive, and difficult in terms of finding an exact match for the other two at the table.
If you’re facing the same dilemma I described or simply want to avoid damaging your dining chairs, I say get these covers. Parents and pet owners, I’m looking at you! These are an excellent way to prevent scratches and stains. You can purchase this product in a pack of four or six, and in beige, black, or coffee. Speaking from experience, these protectors look way better than the traditional clear vinyl ones. For only $32, my own seat cover is holding up splendidly. And I have three more, just in case!
Buy: YISUN Dining Chair Cover, Set of 4, $31.99