Recovering dining chair seats, perhaps the easiest upholstery project, still requires organization.
Peeling Away the Years
I always love seeing the layers of history. The photo below shows the jaunty floral fabric wrapped around the original batting and wooden seat. It’s 90’s and awful, I know. The staples are already out, so let’s see what’s underneath.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a plump seat. Instead, imagine a pancake. One layer down and we’re at the dirty, original, yellow fabric stapled securely in place.
How about delving down more layers? Here we are at the thin, sad interior batting:
Foam and Batting
Luckily, Joann’s offered a 50% discount on their $59.99 high-density foam the day I ordered online. After seeing it in person, I absolutely recommend the high density. A roll of 2″ x 18″ x 82″ is perfect for covering 4 dining chair seats.
I traced the wooden chair seat onto the 2″ foam with a thick black marker. David grabbed the electric knife and cut out four pieces of foam.
The foam will provide a far more comfortable cushion. Below, there’s the wood seat, 2″ foam, batting, and the ivory microfiber upholstery fabric. By the way, we found the fabric in Joann’s remnant fabric bin. Four dining chairs require 1.5 yards of fabric, which we purchased for $9.
The Process for Recovering Dining Chair Seats
- Spray glue on the wooden seat and the pre-cut foam. Let both sit and get tacky before adhering together. NOTE: David prefers using 3M General Purpose 45 Spray Adhesive. After he unsuccessfully used the spray pictured, he went out and bought the 3M spray and tried again.
- If rounded edges are desired, spray the glue on each raw edge of the foam and compress. We used a punch awl to help with the fold.
- Cover with batting and staple down.Trim excess.
- Cover with upholstery fabric; use hands to smooth the fabric, and staple. Cut excess.
- Fold the corners neatly, making sure to cut excess fabric to eliminate bulges of batting and fabric.
- Fold corners and trim excess material before stapling.
- Optional but simple, this next step involves stapling a cambric dust cover to the seat’s underside. It finishes off the piece by hiding all your fabric edges and staples.
- And a quick photo of the recovered chair seats:
Sure, the hands-on experience proved more challenging, but we saved a lot of money and, really, that’s all there is to recovering dining chair seats. They’ll look stylish with the matching dining table.
Thanks for stopping by. David and I will be back with a new project in no time!
Ann Marie and David