How to reupholster an office chair

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How to reupholster an office chair
Give an old office chair a new lease on life. (Getty Creative)

Although it sounds intimidating, reupholstering an office chair is actually one of the easiest pieces of furniture to recover. The fabric necessary to finish the job is minimal, and the entire process is quite uncomplicated. There is no sewing involved. Within a short time, you can give your office chair a completely new look.

Things you need

  • Old chair
  • 1 metre upholstery fabric
  • Scissors
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Staple gun

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  1. 1

    Disassemble the office chair by removing the back of the chair, the back pad, the seat and the seat pad.

  2. 2

    Remove the old fabric from the chair back and seat pad.

  3. 3

    Measure the fabric requirements with the tape measure. Add 5 cm (2 inches) to all edges for stapling the new fabric under the pads.

  4. 4

    Cut out the chair back and the seat pad pieces from the fabric.

  5. 5

    Lay the chair back fabric piece on a work surface with the wrong side facing up. Place the chair back piece over the fabric and centre it. Begin to staple the fabric to the chair back. Place the first staple in the centre of one edge. Pull the fabric tight and staple directly across from the first staple into the opposite edge. Repeat with the remaining two edges. Fill in around the entire edge with staples, pulling the fabric tight.

  6. 6

    Repeat the same process with the seat pad and the seat pad fabric.

  7. 7

    Check to make sure that no fabric is covering the plugs on the pads that need to be inserted back into the chair to reassemble the chair. Trim excess fabric.

  8. 8

    Push the seat and chair back pads back into their places onto the chair. With careful pressure, they should snap back into place to finish the reupholstering project.

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