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How To Cover Upholstered Dining Chairs

Upholstered dining chairs are a common feature of a smart dining room.  They send the message that this is a room for seriously fine dining!  However after a few years they can become tired, worn or grubby or maybe you need to change your chairs to fit in with a new colour scheme.  You probably don’t want to throw out an otherwise perfectly good set of dining chairs, so here is a quick and easy way to put new covers onto them yourself.

To cover normal sized dining chairs, you will need one square metre of furnishing fabric for each chair that you wish to cover, a staple gun, a pair of scissors and a large screwdriver.

  1. Turn the chair over and use the screwdriver to unscrew the seat from the frame of the chair.
  2. Place the seat in the centre of your piece of 1 metre square piece of fabric with the cushion part downwards.
  3. Using the staple gun start to fix the fabric to the wooden part of the chair seat.   I find the best way to do this is to fix the middle of the fabric on all four sides first to make sure that it remains central.  Then work outwards towards the corners. 
  4. Pull the corners up neatly and staple well – this can be difficult as you will be working through several layers of fabric.  Staple as many times as necessary to keep the fabric in place.
  5. With the scissors trim any excess fabric that might hang down.
  6. Screw the seat back onto the chair frame.

You should now have a dining chair that looks as good as new!

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