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How to Reupholster a Chair Seat

Give your farmhouse dining room a makeover by reupholstering the chair seats with a fabric that showcases your style.

One of the charming aspects of many farmhouses is the incorporation of antique furniture. Not only do these pieces serve as a daily reminder of our farming heritage, they are likely made with higher quality materials and better craftsmanship than a lot of modern furniture on the market today. If you choose to warm up your home with antique furniture, there’s no need feel bound a decades-old style. Update your favorite pieces to give them a personal touch.

In this video, we’ll show you how to reupholster the seat of an antique dining chair. You’ll be surprised by how easy it is and how quickly you can give your favorite pieces of furniture a fresh, new look.

Before getting started, you’ll need a few supplies:

  • Your chairs, of course
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Fabric scissors
  • Screwdriver
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Damp cloth
  • Hammer (optional)
  • Pliers (optional)

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, watch the video below to get started.


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Thanks, Kandi! Are you able to remove the chair seat from the metal frame? If so, I'd imagine the upholstery part would be about the same; however, how you remove and reattach the chair seat would probably be a little different. Also, if the seat is round versus square, it may require a different stapling technique to get the fabric taut and even.
Hobby Farms Editor, Lexington, KY
Posted: 9/24/2014 6:15:50 AM
Nice job, you make it look very easy. Something I could do. I have a question though, would I do that with metal chairs. I have chairs from the 50's that are chrome and have greyish/white vinyl. My grandpuppy kinda destroyed 2 of them. I would also need to replace the batting or whatever that is they use for cushion. So would I do it the same way as in the video? Thanks so much, Kandi
Kandi, Laingsburg, MI
Posted: 9/23/2014 7:33:45 AM
Nice job!
Carol, Warrensburg, MO
Posted: 9/10/2012 9:50:49 PM
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 9/3/2012 11:57:05 PM
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