Reupholstering a wooden chair with a padded seat is surprisingly easy. It takes about 30 minutes and it's a great way to dazzle up a thrift store chair. Yesterday I found a girls' sundress at the thrift store for $2:
I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it, but I knew I wanted the fabric. When I went to the next thrift shop I found a wooden chair where the frame was in great shape but the padded seat was well.....ugly as sin. I found my Sunday project!
Here's a before and after shot:
Here's a step-by-step tutorial on how to recover any piece of furniture that has a removable padded seat.
All you need are the following materials:
An old chair with a padded seat
A piece of fabric 3 inches bigger on all sides than the cushion
First, unscrew the cushion from the chair frame. Place the screws somewhere where they won't get lost.
Then, iron your fabric and make sure it's big enough for your cushion. My fabric was thin and see-through and the dress came with a lining so I decided to double up the lining and the fabric.
Trim the fabric all around the cushion so there's about 3 inches on all sides.
With the cushion face down on the fabric, stretch one side tightly around and staple in the middle. Do this on each side, turning the cushion over once in a while to make sure there aren't any wrinkles.
Next, staple the corners of the cushion by gathering up the fabric so it looks nice. Staple all of the corners.
Now, staple along the edge of the fabric, stretching it taut as you go. Check the other side of the cushion for wrinkles. If there are any, either pull out the staple by the wrinkle and redo or just tug the fabric and staple it down.
When you've stapled all around the edge trim the edge so there's about 1/2 inch of fabric next to the staples.
Finally, screw the cushion back onto the frame.