Monday, August 8, 2011

recovered office chair

I am so excited to share my updated my office chair.


I had the most boring, ugly office chair.


See?  Isn't she a beaut?  Well, I've had her for a long time and she is very comfy.  But not very attractive.  So I decided to do something about it and recover her.


There are 4 screws in the arm rest that hold the chair together.  2 for the back of the chair and 2 for the seat. 


They just unscrew and the chair comes apart.  I was going to try to take the fake leather off, but it was sewn on, so I decided to put new fabric right over the top.


Starting with the seat, I laid the fabric on the floor and pulled the fabric tightly around the seat on all of the sides.


Then stapled the fabric right to the chair bottom.


I cut little holes through the fabric for the screws (that the armrest attaches to) to go through.


The top was a little trickier. I wasn't sure how I was going to attach the fabric or hide the staples.  I was going to sew a slipcover, but I discovered that the back of the chair is being supported by a piece of plywood.  Perfect to attach to with staples.


So I carefully tucked and stapled all the way around the back of the chair.  One can barely notice the staples at all.  At some point I may go back and glue some trim over them, but for now, they are fine.


And there she is. 



So much better.  She is beautiful and comfy now!


 Januray 2013- Edited to add:  I use this chair every day and it looks just as good now as it did when I originally did it.  It has held up perfectly!  

37 comments:

Kristi said...

ADORABLE!!!

Nancy said...

Nice job. I love your fabric choice. I have covered several of the cheap, armless office chairs to go with themes in my boys' rooms when they were younger. I did one with arms(a little tougher) and I am in the process of looking for light blue toile fabric for my craft room to do another one. It is nice to customize isn't it?

Mary-Sweetwater Style said...

I have been wanting to do this to an ugly chair we have and thanks to you, now I know how. Great Post!

Kari said...

I think this turned out fantastic! What a great way to spruce up your office-and it's so easy! I would love it if you linked this up to my weekly link party Tutorial Tuesday

Kari
Newlyweds on a Budget

Ruth said...

Love it. It turned out beautiful. I love the fabric. I just recovered my daughter's ugly desk chair.

Ruth

Chad & Bonny Day said...

!!!AWESOME!!!!

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Candice-

Genius, simple genius.

I have that identical office chair in my basement. It's such an eyesore, but now you have inspired me to start fabric hunting!

Going to "pin" this to my to-do list file at Pinterest...

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the cape on the corner said...

oh my gosh, how fun is that! we all have these sorts of chairs, and i'd never think to redo it. yours looks fabulous!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Now that's what I call...an super duper idea...love it!!! I’m having an awesome GIVEAWAY…hop over and enter…hurry it ends at midnight 8/14! Also would love to have you join me at my weekly NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY PARTY.

Blessings,
Linda

Sue@creativetryals.blogspot.com said...

Thank you for the inspiration. I have a chair that is crying out for attention - and posts like these help me muster up some courage. The chair looks beautiful.
Saw you on the Sunday Showcase.

Amy @MoMomma said...

This turned out GREAT! I think I'm sitting in the same chair right now! lol. I'm following you on GFC also

Smallgood said...

I'm wanting to do this. Office chairs are so blah, but this is fun.

Veronica said...

Love your chair! Love that fabric! You're braver than me, I've never had the guts to cover a chair, though I've often thought about it! (Found you over at Stephanie Lynn)

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Kim said...

I'm doing this to my office chair this weekend!

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statia said...

OOH, I did the same thing last month with mine. http://www.failuretonap.com/2011/08/radio-silence/

I chose green though and I also spray painted the bottom white to brighten it up. For the back, I simple did a simple hem of a rectangle of fabric and hot glued it on to cover up the mess of staples. I might add nail trim later. We'll see.

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Just know that buying a Aeron Chair will do more for you than you will ever know and I don’t just mean in the summer.
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donna bee said...

I have been wanting to do this to an ugly chair we have and thanks to you, now I know how. Great Post!

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Paula said...

Thank you so much for your tutorial. I just finished my chair....all because of you!

Jennifer Marohn said...

Wondering how the fabric is holding up.

Lalainia said...

I have learned to place a layer of quilt batting over the furniture before you add your fabric. Pull it tight and staple. The fresh batting gives the furniture the extra plushness a new piece has.

Rebecca Ruiz said...

How much fabric did you use?

Stacia Liechty said...

Hey! I just recovered my office chair too! Yours looks like you had to use more talent than mine, nice work! I'm so excited to have found your blog, fellow TN blogger and LDS too! We MUST be friends!
Stacia@http://feathersandsunshine.blogspot.com

Sarah Legate said...

I have an open concept living dining and kitchen and my husbands work space sits in a corner of my dining room . If that weren't bad enough I have to look at that awful black chair. Not anymore , you think he will go for a floral pattern or paisley .

Vivek Sharma said...

Nice match to your chessboard flooring.


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t said...

That's so beautiful. I wonder how I should change my office chair. I usually buy my chairs from here since they're so comfortable.

natalsie said...

This just might be the final push for me to finally get my chair done too!

Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke Photography said...

I just googled covering an office chair, read your tutorial, then saw you are going to Haven--me too! I'm trying to decide if I want to do a vinyl/pleather (like I have) or another fabric.

LindsayTampaBay said...

I ordere mine from ChairWear Fashion. It was under $30 and it slipped on easily like a pillow case. Best part? I can wash it whenever I want and I didn't have to take my chair apart at all. It was so easy and they have tons of patterns and colors. I ordered the leopard one. Now I want another one for my work office. You can google Chirt or office chair covers to find the site. I don't like posting links but it is on Facebook also called ChairWear.

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Sara Gifford said...

Was just wondering how much fabric you used? Maybe a yard per piece? Thanks!

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Malama_ohana said...

I had thought about covering our computer chair because some of the black vinyl like cover was beginning to come off. Your post gave me the ideas and courage and off I went to the fabric store and I now have a great looking computer chair. Thank you so much for your post!!

DotDonahue ZzzonkOwl said...

Would it be okay if I share the link to this tutorial on my blog? :)
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