Even the cushions on quality chairs suffer from wear and tear, especially if they’re used regularly. While our natural instinct is to replace them with something new, this isn’t always the best solution. With a little time and TLC, you can give new life to old cushions by changing the fabric. Not only will you improve its look, you’ll get exactly what you want, without spending more than needed. Here’s your step-by-step guide on how to update an old chair cushion.
1. Select your fabric
Maybe your fabric is worn. Maybe it’s simply outdated. Whatever the reason, updating your chair(s) with new fabric will give it a complete transformation. In regards to how much fabric you will need, a good general rule to follow is approximately 1-2 yards of fabric per chair cushion.
2. Remove the seat
You’ll need a screwdriver and a staple remover (needle-nose pliers will work as well) to remove the seat. Carefully turn the chair upside down and unscrew the seat, making sure to keep the screws together for later.
3. Update the fabric
Unless the inner padding needs to be replaced, there’s really no reason to remove the old fabric (you can, however, if you choose to). Simply spread out the new fabric, place the seat on top of it, and then measure 4-5 inches beyond the seat on all sides. Make your lines with chalk and then cut once it’s marked.
Center the seat, ensuring the pattern isn’t crooked. Starting with the straightest side of the seat, fold the fabric up and over, and then start stapling. Start with a center staple and then work your way out to the edges. Pull the fabric as tight as you can to avoid bunching. Work the opposite side and then do the remaining two. For round cushions, work your way around until you’ve reached your starting point. If any mistakes are made, pull the staples and start over.
4. Pleat the corners
Take the corner of the fabric and point it towards the center of the seat along the diagonal. Fold one side down alongside the diagonal and then fold the other side so you have a straight pleat. Staple it once you like how it looks. Finish the remaining three corners.
5. Apply finishing touches and reattach
Trim any excess fabric, hammer in any staples that aren’t flush, and treat the cushion for stain protection. Return the seat to the chair and screw it back into place.
Let us help you find the perfect fabric!
We have beautiful fabrics to choose from and a knowledgeable staff who can help you determine the best fabric for your project. Browse online or come into INTERIOR FABRICS near The Woodlands , TX to see what other shades and patterns we have to offer.