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« on: September 05, 2008 02:58:36 AM »

I have a habit of sitting with both my feet up on the office chair, cross-legged in a not-quite-lotus position.  This is comfortable for me, but disastrous for the chair:

It's been like that for two years!  But we've just re-organised the office (so that it's more like an office and less like a really big cupboard) and I decided to seize the moment and finally reupholster that tatty old chair.


I say "seize the moment" but it took a lot longer than a moment.  Unscrewing the seat was easy.  Stapling the fabric to the underside of the seat was easy.  Removing the back was not easy.  I spent a looong time searching on the internet for instructions on how to get the back off without breaking the chair.  All I could find were pictures of reupholstered chairs, and helpful comments like "take the back off" with no details on how to actually do it.  So, for anyone considering reupholstering an office chair, I offer the following advice:  to dismantle the back you have to jam a long screwdriver down in between the padded fabricky part and the plastic part, then prise the plastic part off with all your strength.  After a few seconds, the back will surprise you with a couple of loud "pop"s, and magically it will be in two separate pieces.  The end.

I really love how this chair looks now.  So smart!  So modern!  So pretty!  It's covered with an Ikea canvas fabric that I bought last year.  It was love at first sight, but I hadn't been able to find the right project for it, until now.

Now all I have to do is train myself not to sit with my feet up on the chair...
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2008 04:14:36 AM »

Beautiful chair, and as for the feet up in the chair? I'm sitting like that myself, don't think you can get out of it that easily. Wink
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2008 06:12:46 AM »

Cool!! The "before" looks very much like my chair at work... I wonder if they'd let me recover it. Maybe if I show them how great yours turned out, they'd be convinced!

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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2008 06:18:05 AM »

AHA! You've just answered a question that's been bothering me for ages. I have an almost identical chair that I bought specifically to re-upholster but could not work out how to get the back off. I don't know how long I've spent silently cursing the damn thing and muttering 'Why? Why will you not come off?' .

Looks lovely by the way
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2008 07:44:11 AM »

My chair doesn't suffer from foot scuffings, I keep dripping coffee on it!

What I need is a removable seat covering - in order to wash it.
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2008 09:33:14 AM »

oh WOW! beautiful!
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2008 12:45:25 AM »

that's really lovely!  How do you get the back back on once it's upholstered?  Just jam it on and push really hard?

I slipcovered my work chair a few years ago.  My boss felt bad that my chair was so ugly that it had to be covered, and finally sprung for a new one. 

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« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2008 03:44:45 AM »

Thanks for the nice comments, everyone! Smiley

AHA! You've just answered a question that's been bothering me for ages.

Yay!  Glad I could help!

Jane2 -- we're being very careful to keep hot drinks away from it.  I'm kind of regretting covering it in white fabric now, but it was the only thing in my stash thick enough to stand up to a bit of wear.

that's really lovely!  How do you get the back back on once it's upholstered?  Just jam it on and push really hard?

Basically, yes.  I had to violently thump the back and the front with both hands at the same time.
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2008 05:53:26 AM »

that came out gorgeous!

Check out my kids reupholstered recliner
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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2008 12:56:00 PM »

That fabric is divine!!! I wish our Ikea carried cool fabric -- it seems like all we get are the reject fabrics. Your chair looks amazing. Great job!!

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