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Saturday, 16 November 2013

Recovering dining chairs. As Easy as 1, 2, 3, 4!


You will need:
Staple gun, scissors, foam*, new material, felt pen (for drawing on foam around seat), cordless drill.




1.  Remove seat.

 2.  Staple-gun the material (with foam) to underside of seat (over the top of old material). Stretch it tight, easing in the corners as smoothly as possible.



3.  Doesn't really matter if it's messy under there.  No-one will see it.

 4.  Reattach seat.

5.  Repeat six times.



Before & after.
Quick and easy, after I had been putting this off for years.  It took me from midday until 1.30pm to re-cover all six chairs. Yay!

* My chairs were rather deficit in the derriere seating area (like me), so I added an extra foam piece to each one.  I had a strip left over from trimming a topper pad for a bed.

13 comments:

  1. They look very neat; well done. I think I may have made the task last for a week.

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    1. Thank you Cro. Your chairs may not have such soft 'timber' inside Cro, and might require upholstery tacks and glue rather than staples, and drilling and screwing to re-attach. Which would take a lot longer...

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  2. Very clever ~ my Mum used to things like that.

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    1. Thanks Carol. My Mum did an upholstery class once. She said it's where she learnt to swear.

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  3. I am surprised that the second chair doesn't have an engraved brass plaque on it - "Host to Yorkshire Pudding's muscular buttocks - January 2012".

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    1. Oddly, it never occurred to me to have such a thing on that chair.

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    2. Never fear - you have my permission.

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    3. You are so kind YP.

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  4. Very good instructions. Will store it in a safe place for the moments that Renee or me get an urge to get active in that field. The chairs look nice again.

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    1. Thanks Ben. You might not even need the foam.

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  5. Wendy did my chairs to match the heavy curtains before I arrived home the year The Cottage was built. She made such a good job I've not had to do them again since. But if I have to I know where to find the instructions.....

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    1. Your chairs get have the wear and tear... :-)

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