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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Materials Needed:

  • upholstered seat dining chairs
  • 1/2' fabric per seat cushion
  • 1/2' 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.

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.

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.

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