How to Cover Chairs With Plastic Sheeting

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Whether your chairs are made from polished wood, metal or expensive fabrics, one way to protect them from abuse and everyday wear and tear is by covering them with plastic sheeting. These plastic covers help save chairs from scratches as well as the inevitable food and drink stains. Check with your furniture store to buy the plastic sheeting best fitted to your chairs. If there are no specific covers available, use a stapler to secure the sheeting as close and tight to the chair as possible.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Screwdriver
  • Stapler

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  1. 1

    Cut out a large sheet of plastic sheeting that will be more than enough to cover one chair. If necessary, you can trim it later. Place the chairs in an open area so you have plenty of room to work.

  2. 2

    Lay out the plastic sheeting on the floor. Carefully turn a chair upside down. If there is a cushion on the chair, find the screws holding the cushion in place and remove them with the screwdriver. Set the screws off to the side.

  3. 3

    Lift the plastic sheeting so it's flat against the seat of the chair, then bring extra sheeting from both sides up so it covers the bottom of the upside-down chair. Cut any extra sheeting, leaving enough to neatly cover the underside of the chair. If you removed screws, screw them back in through the plastic sheeting to provide a more permanent way of securing the plastic to the chair. If not, leave a little bit of slack in the sheet and staple the ends of the sheets together tightly.

  4. 4

    Turn the chair right-side up and smooth the plastic sheeting up and down the back of the chair. Use your judgment, based on the shape of the chair, to affix the plastic as securely as possible to the chair. Cut out any major excess. Leave a bit of slack so you can staple the ends of the sheet behind the back of the chair.

  5. 5

    Cut away any extra plastic beneath the chair, leaving long strips to wrap around each leg. Again giving each strip a bit of slack, staple the plastic sheeting to itself once the strip is wound tightly around each leg.

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