How to Reupholster Your Kitchen Chairs


Ok, reupholstering chairs isn’t really a topic in the foodshed wheelhouse, we know. It’s not about planting or gardening or harvesting or cooking or eating. BUT – we do enjoy eating food IN these kitchen chairs, plus we sit on these chairs as we write to you, dear reader, so maybe reupholstering them is a bit more on topic than I originally thought. So. Reupholstering chairs is surprisingly easy. So easy that we thought we’d share the steps with you, in case you’d like to do a little reupholstering yourself.

Pretty seats!
Pretty seats!

First, take the seats off the chairs. If you turn the chairs upside down, you’ll see the screws and/or bolts that hold everything together.

Take it all apart
Take it all apart

Use the original padding as a guide. Lay it on top of high-density foam, add an extra 1″ all the way around, and trace the shape of the chair seat. Cut out the high-density foam seat with some nice sharp scissors.

Cut the foam
Cut the foam

Lay the foam and seat on top of your upholstery cloth material, and trace the seat shape again, this time with 4″ extra room around the edges. Cut out the cloth.

Cut out your fabric
Cut out your fabric

Fold one edge of the cloth snugly over the foam and staple to the underside of the chair. Now reach across to the opposite side of the seat, pull the cloth snug, and staple it in place. Repeat on opposite sides, going around and around until the cloth is stapled firmly in place. Corners are a bit tricky – fold them carefully, and don’t be intimidated. We have faith in you!

Fold and pinch and fold and pinch
Fold and pinch and fold and pinch

When the seat is reupholstered, reaffix it to the chair (taking care not to reupholster over the screw and bolt holes!) Voila! Your newly reupholstered chair.

Newly upholstered!
Newly upholstered!

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