Saturday, May 1, 2010

Office Chair Face-Lift

I've had this little office chair for a few years, it's never been too pretty...but it does it's job just fine :) I just got a "new" desk off of craigslist that needs a face lift, so I thought I'd give the chair one too. I don't own a staple gun, so I used a...HOT GLUE GUN :) It worked like a charm, and holds up just great. Reupholstering is pretty self explanatory, especially for something this simple. Here's how I did mine:

1. Take the chair apart

2. Lay the seat and back of the chair on the fabric, both facing down. Cut the fabric big enough that when you fold up the sides, all the edges are covered. I only used 1/2 yard of fabric for the whole project.

3. Fold up all around the chair parts and pin in place. Careful not to pull the fabric too tight (but tight enough so the fabric is smooth) and with as few pleats showing as possible.
4. Go back and remove a couple pins at a time and glue the fabric to the wood/existing fabric piece. I did fairly small areas at a time, and held the fabric down until the glue cooled, making sure it was secure.
5. Trim the excess fabric., I didn't have to worry about it on this piece (the back) since it was going to be hidden,but the seat of the chair needed more.

6. Put the chair back together... and there ya have it!Not too bad for a little hot glue, and now it's not SO ugly :)
next week I'll show you how I use the other 1/2 yard of fabric to refinish my "new" desk :)


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  1. Your chair looks fabulous now! It's amazing what a little fabric can do. Thanks for sharing!

  2. That is so awesome. I would have never thought to recover a computer chair! Now you can type away in style! LOVE IT! Thanks for stopping by and linking up!
    Bon @ Drab to Fab

  3. This turned out terrific! I love that fabric. I just recovered my office chair yesterday. I didn't realise it could be done until I saw an example in another blog.
    Very nice!
    Megan :)