How to upholster a bentwood round chair

Written by tonya goodspeed
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Bentwood round chairs have a unique, vintage quality and look great with colourful seats. If you own Bentwood round chairs and want to change their look, consider upholstering the seats. You might even use a paisely pattern on 2 chairs and a solid colour taken from the paisley print for the other 2 chairs to create a set of chairs that are individual to your style without much expense or hard work. Read on for easy to follow instructions on transforming your Bentwood seats into upholstered beauties.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Batting
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Flip the chair over and detach the seat using your screwdriver.

  2. 2

    Lay the seat on the wrong side of your fabric in the centre to make sure you have enough fabric.

  3. 3

    Lift the seat up partway from the fabric and place batting beneath the seat. Gently lower the seat and adjust so that the batting is spread evenly over the seat. Excess batting should protrude from the seat all around.

  4. 4

    Grasp fabric at the top-centre of the seat, pull towards the seat with the batting and staple. Now, firmly pull the fabric and batting on the opposite end and staple so the seat cover will be taut.

  5. 5

    Pull tightly and work your way around the seat, stapling the fabric and batting securely to the bottom of the seat. Once you're finished, reattach the seat to the chair using your screwdriver and admire your new chair.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have a set of Bentwood chairs, consider choosing contrasting fabric colours or patterns, perhaps 2 solid coloured seats paired with 2 patterned seats to create interest.

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