How to Change the Fabric on a Chair

by Brenda Priddy
Changing the fabric on a chair can improve the entire room.

Changing the fabric on a chair can improve the entire room.

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Fabric-covered chairs, such as dining room chairs or other chairs with fabric seats, will periodically require new seat fabric. Dirt, tears and change in style will necessitate a fabric change. Fabric changes are inexpensive, uncomplicated and can transform the appearance of a chair, and even an entire room, in just a few minutes. Use high-quality upholstery fabric to ensure your chair seat fabric stays looking like new for many years.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Staple remover
  • Scissors
Step 1

Unscrew the screws holding the chair seat in place. Set the screws aside in a safe place and remove the seat from the chair.

Step 2

Drape the upholstery fabric over the chair seat and decide how you want the pattern to fit on the chair. If you use a solid fabric, then you don't have to worry about placement.

Step 3

Remove the old fabric with a staple remover.

Step 4

Place the new fabric right side down onto a flat, clean surface. Arrange the pattern in the desired placement and place the chair seat upside down on top of the fabric.

Step 5

Staple the fabric in place starting from the middle and working toward the edge. Staple all four middle pieces of the fabric, stretching the fabric tightly in place. Work gradually out to the corners of the seat, pulling the fabric tight as you go.

Step 6

Trim excess fabric with scissors. You will want about 1 inch of loose fabric under the chair seat.

Step 7

Replace the seat on the chair. Screw the seat back in place with the original screws. If you have to poke a hole through the new fabric, simply poke the sharp end of the screw through the fabric in the desired area.

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