How to cover an armchair

Updated February 21, 2017

At some point, nearly every home has an armchair that's a bit of an eyesore. This chair may be super comfortable, but can be riddled with stains, tears and worn fabric. While the best solution might be to give away or throw out this piece of furniture and replace it with a new one, this is often expensive and does not account for the sentimental value of the armchair. Luckily, you can transform the chair simply yourself, even if you don't have professional sewing or upholstery experience.

Measure the width, height, depth and length of your armchair. Write down these measurements and cut a piece of fabric that is twice as wide and twice as long.

Drape the material over your armchair covering it completely. Tuck the fabric into where the cushion meets the back of the chair. Your fabric will still easily cover all chair dimensions.

Remove the fabric from the chair and cut three pieces of self-adhesive hook and loop tape. Each piece cut should correspond to the length of one of the sides of the armchair cushion. Keep the strips of hook and loop tape pressed together.

Remove the adhesive backing from one side of the hook and loop tape. Press one strip against the right side of the chair cushion, another against the left edge and the final piece against the back side of the cushion. The other adhesive side, still covered in paper backing, should now be face up.

Cut a strip of hook and loop tape that's as long as the top of the armchair back. Peel off the backing from one side of this hook and loop tape and press this strip against the top of the chair back. The other side of the adhesive backing is now facing up.

Cut two strips that match the chair's depth and two strips that match the chair's width. Peel off the adhesive backing from each strip and place the two strips on the right and left sides of the underside of the chair between the legs.

Peel off the backing from the two width-long strips. Place one strip on the front of the underside of the chair between the two legs. Place the other strip on the back of the underside of the chair, also between the two legs.

Peel off all the backing from your hook and loop tape that's attached to the chair. Lay your piece of fabric back over the chair. First lay it over the back of the chair and then the cushion. Press the fabric against all the adhesive sides of the hook and loop tape. You should still have some excess fabric extending past the dimensions of the chair.

Trim off the excess fabric down to 5 cm (2 inches) of excess. Tuck the excess fabric under the chair, pressing it against the adhesive side if the hook and loop tape.


If you use industrial strength self-adhesive hook and loop tape, the glue bonds permanently to the fabric.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Fabric
  • Self-adhesive hook and loop tape
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About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."