How to Re-Cover a Dining Room Chair

Update a set of dining room chairs by re-covering the cushions with a stylish new fabric.

Newly upholstered dining room chairs by a fireplace.

Dining Room Fireplace

Materials Needed:

  • upholstered seat dining chairs
  • 1/2 yard fabric per seat cushion
  • 1/2 yard lining per seat cushion
  • temporary fabric pen
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • staple gun
  • staples
  • screwdriver

Gather Supplies and Remove Seat Cushion

Select chairs and fabric. Remove seat cushion from chair frame and original fabric from cushion. Tip: When selecting the new fabric, choose one that coordinates with the decor of your dining room.

How to Recover a Dining Chair, Step One

Gather Materials

Cut Lining

Place seat frame with cushion side face down on lining. Trace three inches out from edge of cushion around entire frame using temporary fabric pen. Cut along line.

Fabric being cut with scissors for a dining chair.

Cut the Lining

Staple Lining to Cushion Frame

Attach lining to frame using staple gun. Begin by stapling lining to frame at center point of each side, and then at each corner, pulling fabric tautly around frame. After sides and corners are stapled in place, continue securing lining to frame by working from center point to corner.

Woman stapling fabric to chair cushion.

Staple Fabric to Chair

Trim Lining

Trim excess fabric along outer edge of staple line.

Woman trimming fabric for cushion.

Trim the Fabric

Cut Fabric

Place lined seat frame face down on fabric. Trace three inches out from edge of cushion around entire frame using temporary fabric pen. Cut along line. Tip: If using a patterned fabric, appropriately position the design on the seat cushion.

Fabric being cut for the cushion.

Measure and Cut Fabric

Staple Fabric to Cushion Frame

Attach fabric to frame using staple gun. Begin by stapling fabric to frame at the center point of each side, and then at each corner, pulling fabric tautly around frame.

Woman stapling fabric to a seat cushion.

Staple Fabric to Cushion

Attach Fabric at Corners

After sides and corners are stapled in place, continue securing fabric to frame by working from center point to each corner. Pull fabric snuggly around curved corners to eliminate tucks on top side of cushion.

Fabric stapled to the bottom of the seat cushion.

Securing the Fabric

Reattach Seat Cushion to Chair Frame

After seat cushion is covered with new fabric, reattach to chair frame using original hardware.

Woman screwing on the base of the chair with a screwdriver.

Securing the Base of the Chair

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