Make & Do: Upholstering A Seat


Do take a seat! You’ll want to relax a bit with such a busy weekend ahead-- we heard so many of your desperate chair woes this week, that we thought it necessary to nudge you to action. And if luck would have it, you may win our fabulous fabric giveaway and need to be staple gun ready!

Not to worry we’ll start with the basics--the simple steps of re-covering a drop-in seat. But before you embark on this make and do journey, take a peek at these fabulous makeovers sure to inspire.


Sibylle is a freelance designer and blogger at Funkytime, whose proximity to El Rastro, the biggest flea market in Europe, affords her the inspiration for re-inventing this basic arm chair (above).

Oh Joy! Joy, Chilean designer, sewer, crafter and blogger at How Joyful, is responsible for the transformation of this ordinary office chair from blasé to brilliant.

Re-Covering a Drop-In Seat

1. Cut a panel of fabric, allowing at least 8 inches all round to wrap the sides and under the seat.

Lay out the fabric, wrong side up, and center the chair seat on the panel. Wrap the fabric around the drop-in seat, tightening it over the front and back rails first. Knock in temporary tacks at the center front and back, then wrap the fabric tightly around the sides and use tacks at the center of each side.


2. Nail or staple the fabric down each side of the underside of the seat, spacing the nails/staples about 2 inches apart, to within 2 to 4 inches of each corner. Wrap the corner of the panel of fabric over the frame and tack in place, close to the corner of the seat.

3. Make an inverted pleat around the corner so that you can wrap the side turnings together to form a neat mitre. Tack in place. Repeat to fit the fabric outer cover, positioning motifs centrally if the fabric has a bold pattern.


4. Trim away excess fabric. Cut a piece of canvas or black linen upholstery fabric to the size of the underside of the seat, adding 1/2 inch all round. Turn under and press 1 1/2 inches turnings all around the canvas and nail/staple them in place underneath the seat to cover the raw edge of the seat fabric.

Voila, what a delightful difference fabric can make. Now we send you off to make magic of your own. We’d love to see your transformations on our Facebook page.

And if you’ve yet to enter our Wish Upon An Old Chair Giveaway, Enter Now!

See Official Rules here.





1 comment (Add your own)

1. wrote:
the funky time chair is so cute. i love those bold patterns on "antique" style chairs!

Sun, April 29, 2012 @ 8:03 PM

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