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.
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HGTV shows step-by-step how to freshen up old dining room chairs by recovering the cushions with new fabric.

By: Janell Beals

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.

Gather Materials

Gather Materials

Materials needed to recover dining room table are base of chair to be recovered, fabric of choice, scissors, heavy duty stapler with staples, measuring tape, and flat head screw driver.

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.

Cut the Lining

Cut the 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.

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.

Staple Fabric to Chair

Staple Fabric to Chair

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.

Trim Lining

Trim excess fabric along outer edge of staple line.

Trim the Fabric

Trim the Fabric

Trim excess fabric along outer edge of staple line.

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.

Measure and Cut Fabric

Measure and 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.

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.

Staple Fabric to Cushion

Staple Fabric to Cushion

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.

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.

Securing the Fabric

Securing the Fabric

Gather fabric neatly in corner of chair base and staple to the bottom.

Reattach Seat Cushion to Chair Frame

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

Securing the Base of the Chair

Securing the Base of the Chair

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

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