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DIYs While SAH (Stuck at Home) - How To Reupholster Your Dining Room Chairs

DIY Covering Dining Room ChairsBeing cooped up in a house can lead a person to go crazy. Thankfully, we have a DIY project for you to keep you sane and make your home a little more delightful!

When it comes to shopping for fabric, there is only one place to go for all your upholstery needs. The Fabric Company, known for its unique and plentiful supply of fabrics, wallpapers, and everything in between, has everything you need to get a little crafty this quarantine.

In this edition, we're going to guide you through recovering a dining room chair cushion.

DIY #3: Reupholstering Chair Cushions

When it comes to your furniture, reupholstering the seat of your dining room or desk chairs is one of the easiest ways to bring some unique touches to any room. Once you have shopped online and picked out your new fabric at The Fabric Company, follow these steps to get refreshed modern chairs in no time!

Step 1: Remove the Seat

For most chairs, the seat is easily unattachable. For this step, flip the chair upside down and unscrew the cushion from the frame.

Step 2: Remove the Fabric

Once you have a seat off of the chair, it's time to remove the fabric. Turn the seat over and use a staple remover or plyers to pull out the old stables that secured the old material. But don't throw it away, you will need it as a pattern for your new fabric.

Step 3: Adjust the Padding

Whether your seat isn't soft enough or your padding is worn out, take the time to add a new layer of batting. Your tush will thank you later.

Step 4: Center Your Pattern

Place the fabric that has come in from your online order at, take it out and place it on top of the naked seat cushion. Pressing around the perimeter of the seat, center your fabric and mark the corners with straight pins. This allows you to make sure lines are straight, or those interesting graphic elements are focused in the center of the chair. If your material doesn't have an old pattern to follow, you can skip this step.

Step 5: Cut Your New Seat Cover

Once your fabric is centered, flip your new fabric over and put the old pattern on top. Check the placement of your straight pins and adjust if needed. Then weigh down the old fabric and trace around it with a pencil or chalk. Be sure the edges are smoothed-out, so your cover doesn't end up being too small. If you want, you can pin the two fabrics together, so they don't move. Once it's all traced, remove the old material and cut your new pattern using the marks you made with the pencil or chalk.

Step 6: Attach Fabric to the Seat

With your fabric already upside down, place the seat upside down on top of it and center it. Starting with the top edge, staple the material in the center one time. Continue to do this for all four sides, making sure your fabric stays centered, even, and tight. Work your way outward on each side, making your way toward the corners with staples. Repeat on all sides until everything but the corners are stapled.

Step 7: Staple the Corners

Pull the point of the corner fabric toward the center of the seat cushion. When it is tight and smooth, staple it. Then take the extra outside corner fabric and fold it in towards the middle into small even pleats. Pull tightly and then staple. Repeat this for all four corners, but don't staple over the screw holes!

Step 8: Reattach the Seat

Now that you've successfully recovered the seat cushion, place the seat right side up on to the chair. Line up the screws and screw the seat into place. To make it easier, flip the chair over and tighten the screws until it is completely attached. Flip the chair back over, and there, you've done it!

One Project Conquered... What's Next?!

** Other tips: If you are looking to completely remake your chair, add a new color to the wood by painting or staining it. There are lots of possibilities between colors and fabrics, so get creative and show your style!