We have this tall table and chair set we received for free from Jonathan’s neighbors before we got married. It ended up being our first ‘dining room table.’ Of course, it did only seat two! Now that we’re in our house and have a real set of table and chairs along with our bar seating on our peninsula, we started using the original set as outdoor furniture. They work great, but the look was very drab.
As you can see in the picture of the chair (the table and other chair carried the same theme), the paint was worn and dull and the cushion was pretty dank. I just couldn’t handle it anymore! The set didn’t invite me outdoors to enjoy the fresh air and nature, it simply looked trashy and didn’t fit our (mostly mine) personality. So, I got online to do a bit of research on how to re-upholster the seats. I found out it was pretty easy, below will be how I did it.
Before I get onto the tutorial, I wanted to say that you can do this very inexpensively. I found my fabric at Hancock Fabrics in their bargain bin. Everything was posted as $5 a yard which is great considering some were originally priced upwards to $40 a yard. So, save money and brows the sales bins/racks! It’s great if you’re not too picky, and you can usually find for what you are looking.
Steps to Re-Upholster Seat Cushions
3. Unscrew the cushion from the base of the chair using your screw driver. There should generally be four screws that need to be taken out. *Trick: store your screws in a plastic baggy for safe keeping until the end of the project.
4. Remove chair so you only have the cushion to work with now.
6. You will need to remove the staples with your pliers at this time. On my cushion I had the black fabric to take off along with the rest of the upholstery. This step probably takes the most time and can be a little tricky since the staples didn’t always want to come out for me.
7. Once all the fabric is off you should just have the cushion and base board left. *If you’d like to add more cushion at this time, go ahead. Be sure you made the decision ahead of time and measured your chair so that it could be cut the correct size for you. You can find extra cushion padding at almost any craft store.
8. Now is the time to measure out your fabric. Before you cut, be sure that there is enough fabric on each side of where you are cutting to fold over the side of the cushion and over lap onto the base board at least an inch and a half. You should have about three inches on each edge of the cushion as a general rule of thumb. *If you have patterned fabric like I did, make sure your pattern is lined up the way you want it before cutting as well!
9. Double check that everything is lined up, and you are ready to begin stapling! You will need to start by stapling one staple in the middle of each side. Make sure you pull the fabric taut each time you staple.
10. Start with one side and staple all the way across on each side of the beginning staple until just before the corner starts rounding. Pull fabric taut every time you make a new staple keeping the sides even and from bulging out between staples.
So, there you go! It really is simple even though I listed a lot of steps. I’ll be doing another post on how to spray paint metal furniture later to go along with this post (since it’s obvious I did that, too). If you have any questions or if I missed/forgot something, please comment!