How to reupholster leather chair seats

Updated February 21, 2017

Refurbishing a chair with leather padding is not difficult, if you can cut with scissors. Removing the old leather and replacing it with new upholstery is straightforward, so working on a chair is a great place to start if you want to get into furniture reconditioning. Installing new leather on your chair is a quick way to make a chair look new.

Remove the screws that secure the seat to the chair frame with a screwdriver and lift the seat off the frame. Place the frame aside.

Remove the staples and/or tacks that secure the original leather or fabric onto the bottom of the seat with a pair of pliers.

Place the seat onto the leather and cut around it, leaving approximately 3 inches on all sides. Use a pair of scissors or a razor blade.

Place the padding back onto the seat, or replace with new padding.

Place the leather over the padding and wrap the leather around to the back. Turn the seat over and place the leather onto the table surface. Pull the sides of the leather tight over the seat.

Secure the leather to the seat. Simply place several staples on each side of the seat with a staple gun.

Pull the leather over the front and back edge of the seat and staple each end to the underside of the seat. Make sure you pull the corners down to create a nice pleat.

Trim any excess leather off the bottom of the seat with the scissors.

Secure the seat to the chair frame with the screws and screwdriver.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
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