Reupholster Chair Easy DIY


Ready for a Reupholster Chair Easy DIY home decor project?  You know the old saying “One Mom’s trash is another Mom’s treasure.” This is true in this case. A friend was going to get rid of two chairs and I thought to myself I can SAVE THEM. The chairs themselves were in great condition and the nailhead trim detail on the backs I didn’t want to change. The only update I needed to make was the seat upholstery. You can do this in 10 minutes and in under 10 steps. It’s easy and I know you can do it!!!

Reupholster Chair Easy DIY Step 1: Unscrew

Unscrew the seat from the bottom of the chair. There should be 4 screws total. 1 on each side. Get your power tools out ladies! It’s one of the easiest to use and the battery seems to last forever! I love my black and decker drill and it’s affordable!


Step 2: Measure

Measure the seat width, length, and depth. Measure the longest length and the widest width. Add three times the depth to the length and the width, and that will be the size of the fabric you’ll need for this  project. It will be enough for 1 seat. Remove the old upholstery and batting….but if it’s in good shape save yourself the time and go over it with your new fabric.

Reupholster Chair Easy DIY

Reupholster Chair Easy DIY Step 3: Shop

Pick out the fabric. I have kids so I used a durable outdoor fabric with a neutral pattern that would hold up to any messes that my come 😉  Found this beauty at Joann Fabrics and it was 50% off and I had an additional 30% off on their APP. At Joann’s I purchased a yard for $7 and made two chairs. That is only $3.50 per chair. TALK ABOUT A STEAL! If you know me, you know I like. good deal.

Step 4: Place the fabric wrong-side up

Place the seat on the fabric with the side you sit on against the wrong side of the fabric. Align the pattern how you wish and make sure if you have stripes or a specific pattern it’s straight and to your liking.

Step 5: Trim the fabric

Next, cut the fabric to the size you measured earlier. I used Fiskars fabric scissors and they cut like BUTTER!

Reupholster Chair Easy DIY Step 6: Staple

Fold one side of the fabric tightly to one side and start stapling from the center. Making sure from staple to staple there are not bunches and you are keeping it all SMOOTH. Repeat on reverse side. TIGHT AND SMOOTH are the goal here. If there are any staples that aren’t flush with the chair hammer them in. I went with the Powershot Staple Gun. It is super easy to reload and holds a lot of staples!

Reupholster Chair Easy DIY

Step 7: The Corners

Point the corner towards the center of the seat. Fold one side down so that the folded edge res along the diagonal. Make sure the edges are smooth.

Reupholster Chair Easy DIY Step 8: Cut excess Fabric

Step 9: Screw

Return seat to the chair and screws the 4 screws back in.

Reupholster Chair Easy DIY

Step 10: DONE!

Wasn’t that a breeze?

Reupholster Chair Easy DIY