How to Replace the Seat Cushion on a Leather Chair

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How to Replace the Seat Cushion on a Leather Chair
New foam padding can transform the entire look of the chair. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Sitting on a chair that has a worn or sagging seat cushion is no pleasure. Not only does the chair not look great, but it also offers very little support and comfort. When it comes to a leather chair cushion in this state, often all you need to do is replace the foam cushion inside the chair. The stretched and sagging leather will wrap tautly around a new, thicker foam cushion, transforming the appearance of the chair, not to mention making the cushion look brand new.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Foam
  • Chalk
  • Electric knife
  • Batting
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Measure the length, width and thickness of the leather cushion. Select foam padding that is 1 1/2 to 2 inches thicker than the thickness you just noted.

  2. 2

    Draw out the necessary length and width on the piece of foam padding in front of you, using a piece of chalk and your measuring tape.

  3. 3

    Cut out the cushion according to those dimensions using an electric knife. Push the electric knife along the chalk lines you drew, with one hand away from the knife, holding the foam in place. Cut away from yourself.

  4. 4

    Cut a piece of batting that is twice as long and wide as your cushion. Wrap the cushion in it once and cut away the excess.

  5. 5

    Reinsert the cushion into the leather cover. You may struggle slightly, but once the cushion is in, the leather will mould to that shape.

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