Monday, August 8, 2011

How to recover a boring office chair

I am so excited to share my
recovered office chair.

plain black office chair, recovered office chair

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I had the most boring, ugly office chair.
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It was comfy but very utilitarian.
Nothing pretty to look at!!

black faux leather office chair

I've had her for a long time and she is very comfy,
 but not very attractive.  
So I decided she was a diamond in the rough 
and just needed a little polish!

black screws to hold office chair together

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

office chair taken a part

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.
For the fabric, I wanted to use something very sturdy.
So I used a table cloth I picked up at Home Goods.

office chair taken apart, recover cushion

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

use stapler to attach fabric to office chair

Then stapled the fabric right to the chair bottom
using my handy dandy staple gun.

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 then 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.

office chair, rolling office chair, damask fabric, recovered office chair

And there she is. 

recovered office chair before and after

So much better.  She is beautiful and comfy now!

 April 2017- 
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!  

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  1. 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?

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

  3. 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

    Newlyweds on a Budget

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


  5. 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...

    If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday Hope to see you there!

  6. 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!

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  8. 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.

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

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

  11. 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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  13. I'm doing this to my office chair this weekend!

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  15. OOH, I did the same thing last month with mine.

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

  20. Wondering how the fabric is holding up.

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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 .

  24. Nice match to your chessboard flooring.

    Baby Cots

  25. 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.

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

  27. 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.

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

  31. Your post is really very nice and beautiful. your post have nice furniture's Designs.

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  33. 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!!

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

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  37. It's beautiful! ;) Last week I thought about my boring black office chair and now I found great idea! Thanks ;)

  38. That is the most gorgeous chair! It definitely adds style. Now I want one! Boss Eurotech

  39. I'm thinking about doing this to a worn out fabric one but it needs new padding as well. WHat would you suggest?

    1. Hi Kayden. I would suggest using new foam cut down to the size of the chair and then cover that with new batting. Use a spray adhesive to keep it in place, then upholster the chair the same way I did in the post. Hopefully this helps. Good luck!

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  44. Great job, I like what you did with your chair. The fabric colour is so nice.

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  49. It looks great. What I'm looking for is a pattern, maybe using elastic, so I can take the cover off and toss it in the wash. The chair you recovered looks like it's the same size, type, model, etc. of mine.

    Any ideas?

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