Monday, August 8, 2011

How to recover a boring office chair

We all have chairs that we sit on to do our computer work.  Have you ever given yours a good look and thought that it wasn't very attractive?  I can show you how easy it is to use fabric to
Recover an Office Chair 


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I had the most boring, ugly office chair, like this one.  It was comfy but very utilitarian and certainly nothing very pretty to look at!!  I knew I could make it shine with just a little bit of elbow grease and some fabric!


how to recover an office chair


How to recover an office chair

  • Undo the screws in the armrest and seat.


how to recover an office chair


After unscrewing the screws, the chair pieces come apart.  Set them all aside.


office chair taken a part


  • Find a sturdy fabric like cotton duck, or even a table cloth  similar.  You'll need about 2 yards.
  • Lay it out on the floor to decide how you want the pattern of the fabric to go



office chair taken apart, recover cushion

  • Set the seat of the chair on top of the fabric on the floor and pull the fabric tightly around the seat on all of the sides.


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  • Staple the fabric to the wooden bottom of the chair using staple gun, similar.





  • Cut holes in the fabric for the screws (that the armrest attaches to) to go through.




  • For the top of the chair, a sewn slipcover would work, but I decided to staple the fabric to the wooden back of the chair.


How to recover an office chair


  • Carefully tuck and staple the fabric to the back of the chair.  You can barely see the staples, but if you'd like you can glue trim over the top of the staples to hide them.



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And that's how to Recover an Office Chair to take it from drab to fab!

how to recover an office chair



39 comments:

  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?

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  2. 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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  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

    Kari
    Newlyweds on a Budget

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

    Ruth

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  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!

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  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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  7. 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

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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.

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

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

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

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

    Office Chairs

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

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  16. Wondering how the fabric is holding up.

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  17. 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.

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  18. 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

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  19. 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 .

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

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  21. 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.

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

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  24. 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!!

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  25. Would it be okay if I share the link to this tutorial on my blog? :)
    ZzzonkOwl.blogspot.com

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

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

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

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    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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  29. this page title is from the Paul's Boutique album, right?

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

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  31. 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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  33. May I ask, how to measure how much fabric will need to cover a larger computer chair.

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    1. I'm not exactly sure. My guess is about 2 yards! HTH!

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