How To Reupholster a Telephone Desk With Velcro

How To Reupholster a Telephone Desk With Velcro

I have always wanted a telephone desk. As luck would have it, I found one for 10 dollars while thrifting last week. I brought the desk home with this specific project in mind. My goal was to make an easy to remove seat cover. DIY reupholstering is a great way to make things last and use over and over, ultimately saving pieces of furniture from the landfill. With this project, I wanted something that I could easily remove by using velco instead of the usual large amount of hard to remove staples. The Velcro allows for quick switch-outs and fresh updates to one piece.

What You Need

Tape measure
Velcro adhesive fastening strips
Staple gun (Optional)
Sewing Machine (Optional)


1. Unscrew seat from base and use pliers to remove staples and original fabric.

2. Choose the fabric to cover the piece and lay the seat down (bottom-side up) onto your fabric. Make sure to cut your fabric so that it is roughly 4 to 5 inches larger on each side than what you are covering.

3. Cut four strips of the Velcro and adhere them directly on to all four sides of the bottom of the seat. Make sure that the adhesive sides of the Velcro hooks are what is stuck to the seat.

4. Remove the adhesive backing of the exposed Velcro loops (that are still attached to the hooks on the seat) and attach the fabric directly to the seat with the appropriate amount of overlap. The goal of this is to create a fold over cover.

Note: The folded over corners will not be as crisp as a stapled cover. The Velcro cover gives it more of a wrapped look.

5. Once all four sides of the fabric are folded over and secured with Velcro, attach the seat to its base.

Additional Notes: My seat cover has been secure for a few days. I think to improve on the project, and protect the strips from losing their adhesiveness I will use a staple gun to permanently place the strips onto the bottom of the seat. I also plan to stitch the other strips onto the fabric.

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