by Frank Brayan
Your dining room is the cornerstone of your house. It’s that special place where you and your family enjoy delicious meals every day, have a conversation, and gather with friends and relatives on the weekend.
With that in mind, you have beautifully adorned the whole room in such a way so that it never fails to receive compliments from guests.
The exquisite china cabinet, the elegant pendant lights, the marble dining table with matching chairs- everything just looks splendid!
However, as you were wiping the dust off the wooden apron of the chair the other day, something caught your eyes- the cushion fabric looks dull!
Forget about buying a new set of chairs, for we are here to help you with this guide on how to recover chair cushions.
Reupholstering chair cushions give a new look to your chairs and also bring you inner satisfaction, especially if you’ve gotten bored of the old prints. Instead of hiring someone to do the job, you can save those extra dollars by trying it out on your own. It’s simple!
Turn over the chair and take off the seat depending on how it is attached. If it has screws, you will need to use a screwdriver. Place the seat upside down and remove all the staples using a staple remover. If the seat has a dust-cover connected to the fabric, you will need to remove it also.
If the foam is wearing away or your chair doesn’t have any foam at all, you will need to add a new one. Plus, you might want to get a chair padding replacement. When you have removed everything, place the frame on top of large-sized cambric, cut it to a measured size and staple it to the chair.
Place the foam on a flat surface, and then the chair frame with its seat side down on top of it. Trace around the chair frame with a marker and cut the foam out using a serrated knife.
Place the foam on top of the chair frame. Lay the Dacron padding out and place the foam and frame facing down on top of it. Cut the padding, making sure you leave two inches for wrapping the chair frame all around. Wrap one side of the chair and staple it in the middle. Repeat the process with the other three sides.
Once you’re done, you will need to staple along each side while leaving some space at the corners. Make sure to hold the padding tight before stapling.
Pull the corner padding towards the center of the frame and staple it. Fold the remaining padding into pleats, making sure to staple each pleat. Repeat the process with the rest of the corners and trim off the excess padding to keep the area neat.
Lay the fabric out face down on a flat surface. Place the cushion face-down on top of it and wrap it with one side of the fabric. If the fabric has a pattern, you will need to cut it straight so that the pattern doesn’t look awkward. Cut the fabric while making sure you leave three or four inches for wrapping around the back.
Wrap one side of the seat with the fabric and staple it in the middle to hold it. Repeat the same process with the other three sides. Once you’re done, staple along each side while leaving a few inches at the corners. Make sure you hold the fabric tightly before stapling.
Grab one of the corners, fold it towards the center of the frame and staple it. Fold over one edge of the fabric to make a pleat and staple it. Then fold the other edge to make a second pleat and staple it. Do this for the other three corners and trim off any excess fabric.
This is an optional step. If you want to cover the bottom of the seat with a dust cover, you will need to cut the cambric to the same size as the frame, fold the edges, and then staple.
Reattach the cushion in the same way as you have taken it out.
Turn over the chair carefully. You will see screws in each corner which you will need to remove with a screwdriver. Make sure to keep the small pieces in a box so that you don’t lose them.
Lay the fabric out with its right side facing down on a flat surface. Place the seat upside down on top of the fabric. If the fabric has a pattern, make sure you keep it aligned properly. Outline the seat and cut the fabric in a large square, making sure you leave two inches on each side for wrapping over the back of the seat.
Pull the fabric tightly from the top edge and staple once in the middle. Repeat the same process with the other three sides. Once you are done, you will need to staple along each side while leaving the corners behind.
Pull the fabric of one corner to the middle and staple it. Make the remaining fabric into small pleats, and pull them tightly before stapling. Repeat the process with the other three sides, and you will get perfectly stapled corners.
When stapling the fabric, make sure you don’t cover the screw holes.
Once you are done, check if the fabric is stapled properly all around the seat. If you think other areas need to be stapled, you can continue doing so. Also, trim off any excess fabric to keep it neat.
If you want to attach a welt, you will need to arrange it along the edges of the seat and staple the flat part of the welt. You can skip this process if you think the seat looks good without it.
Turn over the seat and place it on the chair frame. Take the screws out of the box and insert them into their respective holes, making sure they don’t fall off once you turn over the chair. Once you’re done, turn over the chair and tighten the screws until the seat is firmly attached.
If you have kids who love to play with their food, you know how big of a mess you would have to deal with when the food splatters on your favorite patterned chair cushion! This is why you might want to use a vinyl cover because it cleans up easily. Here’s how you can recover the cushions with vinyl:
Turn the chair over and unscrew the seat. Keep the detached seat aside and remove the staples using a staple remover. Once you have removed the staples, take the old fabric off to reveal the batting.
Lay a length of vinyl on a flat surface with its right-side down. Place the seat upside down on top of it. Cut the vinyl upholstery fabric along the edges of the seat, making sure you leave two inches on each side.
Wrap one side of the seat with vinyl and staple it at the center while holding it tightly. Repeat the same process with the other three sides. Once you are done, you will need to staple the entire length of the vinyl fabric except for the corners.
Trim off the excess vinyl. Make a fold on one side of the corner and staple. Then make a second fold on the other side and staple. Do this with the other corners until the fabric holds the seat evenly.
If you want to use a dust cover, you can follow this optional step. Lay a piece of cambric out on a flat surface and place the seat facing up on it. Outline the seat with a chalk or marker and cut the cambric to size. Place the cutout part on the bottom of the seat, make sure it’s perfectly aligned, and then staple all the sides.
Place the seat back on the chair and tighten the screws into position.
Nobody would find comfortable sitting on a chair whose fabric is wearing away or the padding becoming thinner. And if it’s an old chair that is precious to you and your family, there’s no way you would want to dispose of it. Even if you call someone for getting it repaired, it will cost you additional labor fees. We all want chair that is comfortable.
Considering such a situation, the best you can do is to fix them on your own. Not only will that save money but also will make you feel contented.We hope you have learned how to recover chair cushions with this guide. If it helped you, don’t forget to share with others!
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