Reupholstering dining chairs

reneophyteJune 22, 2011

I've just purchased 6 dining chairs of Danish Modern style, like this one:

I got a fantastic deal (yard sale) on the chairs because they need to be reupholstered.

Forgive the newbie questions, but...

1) Is this something I can DIY? If so, are there resources available for how-to? I have re-covered an ottoman before. Turned out fantastic and was fairly easy/basic. That's the extent of my reupholstering experience. :)

2) How much fabric should one buy for such a project?

Thanks in advance!


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Your other option is to have an upholsterer do them for you. They will have the materials, tools, and know-how to do this easily. They also know how to line up patterns such as stripes or plaids. Most upholsterers don't charge a lot for chairs. One I know does them as a sort of loss leader to fill in his time and gain future clients.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2011 at 10:27PM
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Thanks, Bob's nephew. I'm aware of this option. My local shop is NOT cheap and I doubt highly he'll take a loss on any transaction. Based on the number of pieces I see in the queue, he's not hurting for business.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2011 at 11:03AM
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The ease is determined by the construction of the chair. I have never recovered a chair like that before and I can't quite tell from the picture...

As far as how much fabric is needed. Take the fabric off by removing the staples, assuming that is how it is made, and measure the existing piece plus an inch all the way around. Than add them all up. There maybe be another way but this is how I do it.

The people that work at a fabric store can probably give you good info on how much to buy. Just come with the old fabric for reference. I love the ladies at my local fabric store. They are so helpful and give me lots of confidence!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2011 at 7:19PM
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