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Quick Fix to Dated Dining Duds

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Do you love the lines and perfect fit of your dining set, but are tired of the color, look or style of the fabric seat? Why not reupholster them?

Reupholstering is actually much easier than many people believe it to be.

First you will want to select a fabric for the job. The fabric should be of sturdy design, such as a canvas. Many fabric stores have a section of fabrics that are made specifically for this kind of application, some even come with stain resistance or a waterproof topcoat. Ask a sales representative to help you if you are unsure. Also the fabric should be an appropriate color and pattern for the application. Chose a color that you love and will work well with your décor. If you are choosing a pattern, understand that if the pattern is geometric, you must be extra careful to apply the fabric straight to your chair when upholstering to not cause the pattern to skew on your chair. If you are afraid that you might make it crooked, then choose a larger and more natural pattern, such as a floral, that won’t be so picky.

Next you will need to know how much fabric to get. You should measure your chair seat at its largest width and depth, then add approximately 10-16 inches depending on the thickness of the seat. Again, it is important to keep in mind your selection of fabric when determining how much you will need. Fabric that has a grain (if the look of the fabric changes when you run your fingers in a certain direction) or a pattern, then you will want to ensure that all the chairs are upholstered in the same direction.

You have a few choices when if comes to the padding of the chair. First, if you feel that the padding and current fabric of the chair are in good condition, then you can simply leave them on the chair and place your new upholstery fabric right over the top of them. If you feel that your current padding needs a tiny boost, you can get a thin batting from the fabric store and upholster the batting and your new upholstery fabric right over the top of the old fabric and cushion. And last, if you feel that the current fabric and cushion just must go, you can pull the staples holding it in place from the bottom of the seat and purchase new padding for the cushion and replace all of the upholstery.

Once you have all you materials (fabric, additional padding if needed, a nice staple gun and staples, and likely a screwdriver) then you are ready. You will need to remove the seat from the chair, likely it is screwed in place. If you are upholstering a stool or other item in which all the edges are fully exposed, you may be able to leave the seat attached while reupholstering. Lay your fabric on a flat surface and square your seat over the fabric. Pull the front center portion of the fabric over the front center portion of the seat and staple. Now pull the back center portion of the fabric over the back center portion of the chair, pulling taught, and staple. Now do this to the two sides, pulling taught as you go. Place your staples about an inch to two inches apart as you move towards the corners on all the sides. Once you are within  a couple inches of the corners, pull the corner of the fabric over the corner of the seat creating a V shaped flap, similar to when wrapping presents, and staple the flap down securely; this usually takes 2-4 staples to ensure it is secure. As you go, if you see that your fabric is bunching, simply pull the fabric nice and taught and add more staples to secure down the bunch. Now simply return the seat to the chair and you are done.

This can be used on many different applications, including dining chairs, bar stools, piano benches and much more. Let your creativity guide you!