How To DIY the Leather Bertoia Chair Hack from Darlene & Brian's House Tour

How To DIY the Leather Bertoia Chair Hack from Darlene & Brian's House Tour

Dabney Frake
Oct 22, 2013

I often stop in my tracks when I see something beautiful from our house tours. But I do a full-on happy dance when it's also a DIY project that I can do myself at home. Last month I spied this riveted leather chair hack from Darlene Molnar, and she was kind enough to share the process for making one, which I am passing on to you. I have a couple of Bertoia-style chairs kicking around, and I'm dying to give it a whirl.

What You Need



  • Leather Shears
  • Leather Punch
  • Rivet Setter Set


1. Using leather shears, cut strips of leather the width of the wire openings on the chair. For this chair, I used 1" strips, but measure your own chair to do what works for you.

Option: Cut slightly rounded edges for a more finished, detailed look.

2. Using a leather punch, punch holes for rivets on the ends of the strips. This example uses two rivets at each end.
3. Weave the leather through the chair, both horizontally and vertically.

Tip: don’t secure with rivets until you’re happy with how you’ve laid out the strips of leather. You may need to adjust the strips as you go.

4. Secure with rivets and you are done! For instructions on how to do rivets, click over to see Tandy Leather's handy tutorial.

Good luck with your project! If you love this look, but don't want the work, head on over to Darlene's website to buy a chair instead.

(Images: Darlene Molnar)

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