15 Trendy DIY Ways to Dress Up a Plain Chair

Transform lackluster seating into designer-worthy statement pieces.

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Glam It Up

Add instant texture and glam to your space by draping a fuzzy faux-sheepskin throw over a boring chair and securing it with pins under the seat. Watch to learn how >>

Re-Cover With a Rug

Give a tattered dining chair an expensive-looking upgrade by re-covering it with a pretty, patterned flat-weave rug. Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

Designer-Worthy Decoupage

Decorative paper and decoupage glue are all you need to transform a boring wooden chair into a statement piece. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Slipcover Solution

Dining chairs are perfect candidates for slipcovers, since they have simple shapes and are most likely to be the victim of food spills! Washable slipcovers with flirty skirts and ties add function and style to these well-used pieces of furniture. Learn how to make farmhouse-inspired seat covers >>

Wall-Decal Upgrade

Found online or at any big box store, colorful peel-and-stick wall decals allow you to easily swap out the color and design of hard surface chairs. Simply peel them off when you're ready for a change! Learn how to upgrade your office chair with wall decals >>

Lawn Chair Macrame

Don't trash that tattered lawn chair! Give it a trendy, inexpensive upgrade by re-weaving the seat and back with neon-hued craft cord. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Staple Gun Upcycle

If the thought of reupholstering an old chair makes you nervous, then this project is for you! All you need is fabric, a staple gun and some decorative nail head trim to breathe new life into a worn out piece of furniture. Learn how here >>

Paint Pen Design

Easily revive a wooden outdoor chair by sanding it, staining it and adding a fun, tropical-inspired design with oil-based paint pens. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

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Desk Chair Storage Hack

Put that ugly desk chair to good use by attaching inexpensive (but pretty!) fanny packs to the back and using them to store essentials like pens, pads, sticky notes and other supplies. Get more must-know dorm room storage hacks >>

Painted Fabric

Have you ever found the PERFECT chair at a yard sale, but didn't love the color or pattern? Cover it up with chalk paint! Learn how to paint fabric chairs here >>

Map It Out

Old maps find new purpose as travel-themed kids' room decor when decoupaged onto a plain wooden chair. Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

Wedding + Wire

Stylishly save your seats on your big day with this quick and easy wire-wrapping DIY. Get more chair-back wedding decor ideas >>

Beach Towel Slipcovers

Are your outdoor loungers looking a little worse for the wear? Give them a tropical update by covering chair cushions in bright, inexpensive beach towels. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Classy Nailhead Trim

Give a plain piece of upholstered furniture a high-end look on a budget by lining the seams with inexpensive nailhead trim. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Metal Revival

Bring metal patio chairs back to life with outdoor spray paint and a little elbow grease. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

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