DIY Recovering An Office Chair


Let me tell you, recovering this second hand office chair was super easy.  If you have a similar chair and want to give it a new look do not fear you can do this too!  If you follow my blog you probably already know I purchased this chair second hand for Jon.  It’s going to go with his new desk, that made it up the stairs on Monday!!!! Just barely, but we managed to get it up with a hand truck, me, Jon, my BIL Chris and SIL Courtney (thanks again C&C). Oh and our neighbor Don who came over just in the nick of time as the desk may or may not have come crashing/rolling down the stairs on top of Jon and I had he not shown up.  It got a little hairy to say the least.  Anyway, back to the chair.  So this is what I/we did on Sunday….DIY Recover reupholster an office chair

You will need:

– A screw driver that will help with taking apart the chair (this may vary depending on the hardware)

– Staple gun

– Staples 1/4 inch should work well

– Pliers

-Double sided foam tape (you might not need this)

-Thread and curved needle (you might not need this either)

– A new fun and fabulous fabric for your chair

Since every chair is different, you might find that you need more supplies. You may also want to add embellishments after as well.

Step 1: Take the cushions off the chair.  These are my hands.

DIY Recover reupholster an office chair

Step 2: Take the two parts of the back rest apart. We used a pair of pliers for this.  Those are Jon’s manly hands, I guess this part of the project looked fun, so he wanted to help.

DIY Recover reupholster an office chair

Step 3: The two parts of the back-rest on this chair were attached with nails.  We removed them.  Still Jon’s hands, this part was fun too I guess.

DIY Recover reupholster an office chair

Step 4: Well this is not really a step, it is just showing the two pieces apart.  Since the existing fabric was a solid color we chose to leave it on.  If you want to remove the old fabric you can at this time.

DIY Recover reupholster an office chair

Step 5: Attach your new fabric.  To do this use the staple gun.  To keep the fabric tight staple across from your last staple.  For example, staple at 6 o’clock then at 12 o’clock, then at 9 o’clock then 3 o’clock.  Keep doing this pattern while pulling the fabric each time before stapling.  Go around the entire boarder until all of the fabric is tight around the outside.

DIY Recover reupholster an office chair

Step 6: Cut off the extra fabric. I think that is my hand…

DIY Recover reupholster an office chair

Step 7: This is just showing the two sides completed.  That is Jon’s hairy leg, not mine.

DIY Recover reupholster an office chair

Step 8: Add double sided foam tape or squares to the corners and a few places on the inside.  * you may not need to do this, it did not really help as much as I thought it would. Perhaps you could use hot glue or if you want to try nails you have to put them in before you attach the fabric and have them sticking out then slam the two pieces together.  I did not want use the nails because that sounded difficult and dangerous and we did not have the right size nails and it was raining and I did not want to go to the store.  So we improvised, it might not be the most professional way of doing this, but it worked for this chair.

DIY Recover reupholster an office chair

Step 9: Put the back rest back together with the hardware. My hand on the bottom, Jon’s hand on top.

DIY Recover reupholster an office chair

Step 10: As you can see here my double sided foam tape did not work as well as I had hoped. So I improvised again.

DIY Recover reupholster an office chair

Step 11: Sew the back rest pieces together.  Or try to with a regular needle like I did and get very frustrated.

DIY Recover reupholster an office chair

Step 12: Realize that with your pair of pliers you can bend the needle into a hook shape and dance around with joy celebrating how genius you are.  Or if you are well stocked in all things crafty and already have a real hook-shaped needle, you are awesome and can totally skip this step. That is my hand.

DIY Recover reupholster an office chair

I am so happy with the way it turned out.  Jon loves it too, his favorite part is the creaky noises it makes, it doesn’t take much to entertain him.  It looks great with the desk too. Once we have more of the decorating done in Jon’s office I will share all of that good stuff with you.

DIY Recover reupholster an office chair

Oh I am sharing this DIY on Beneath My Heart Link Party.  Pop on over there to see other great DIY projects!






Today I am thankful for: 3 out of the 4 maps that I ordered are here…. one more to go.  Can’t wait to share this design idea with you. :)


12 thoughts on “DIY Recovering An Office Chair

  1. Gere says:

    Nice work! For years I have covered kitchen chairs – mostly with plastic, UGH!
    But, I do have so many flat, curved, and strong OLD needles which are wasting away in my sewing box. They were my grandmother’s and mother’s. Would you like them for your future sewing projects????? Your improvisation worked well, though, didn’t it? Oh well…………

    • Meg says:

      Thanks for stopping by Traci and for hosting your link party! :) It is so much fun to share all of our DIY projects with each other.

  2. Melissah says:

    I just stumbled across your lovely blog and I look forward to popping by again for some more inspiration! I’ve just put the finished touches on my new blog ‘Coastal Style’ It will have lots of inspiration on beach houses, resortwear, summer food, travel and anything chic and ‘beachy’. I had a lot of fun putting it together so maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.

  3. EMILY says:

    Meg you have inspired me! Thank you. I have 2 office chairs that are so ugly, but necessary to stay in my home and now I know how easy it is to recover them.
    I have pinned your image on pinterest so expect some visitors!

    • Meg says:

      Thanks Emily! :) I am so glad I have inspired you to give new life to your office chairs. You will be amazed what a little fabric can do. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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