Maybe you’ve inherited a wooden chair with lovely, artistic features, but with a raggedy seat. Or you find an interesting wooden chair at a local yard sale or flea market. It’s perfect except the seat. Hmmm. You’ll need to recover that seat. We’ll show you how to recover a chair seat in no time flat. If you need to do this to some of theĀ best computer chairs for gaming then it might be a different story as their a little harder to repair.

Choose Your Fabric

First you’ll need to choose a fabric. Unless you want to recover the chair seat again after the kids or grandkids visit, we suggest using an easy to clean, Scotchguard treated fabric. Upholstery fabric most likely will already be treated for stain resistance. But even if you find a fabric without Scotchguard, you can buy Scotchguard in a spray can. After you select the fabric style, you’ll need to have ample yardage. About 1 yard per chair is a good rule of thumb for the average wooden chair. You might want to buy an extra yard or two to create some throw pillows. Use throw pillows with the same pattern as your chair seat will help draw them chair into your current room’s scheme. Also, having a little extra fabric on hand in case of future damage is a good idea. Wash and dry your fabric before putting it on the chair following the directions from the manufacturer. Some materials are already prewashed and in that case you won’t need to wash it.

Take It Apart

Just in case you have a valuable antique on your hands you might want to get a second opinion before taking your seat apart. The chances are slim you actually found a valuable chair, but there is always a possibility. If you think your chair might be a valuable antique have it appraised or get a second opinion before replacing the seat cover. You could devalue a surprising find by replacing the seat cover. Removing the seat cover is easy. You’ll need to turn the chair over and use a Philips Head screwdriver to unscrew the seat. Use an electric screwdriver to make life a little easier for yourself. Save the screws! You’ll need them to re-attach the seat to the chair. Remove the old fabric and cushion from the chair. Keep the wooden seat. That’s what we’ll rebuild from.

Prep the Seat

Use a flat head screwdriver or staple remover to take the staples out of the back or under side of the seat cover. Save the cover material and create a template with it for cutting your new seat cover. Lay the old material over the posterboard smoothing it out. You may need to use an iron to get all the wrinkles out. Draw around the outside of the fabric on to the posterboard. Then lay the posterboard on top of the new fabric and outline with your pen or pencil. Cut out the outline. Do this for each chair. Use the posterboard cut out the foam too.

Finish It Up

Lay the fabric on your workplace, preferably a table. Then on top of that add the cushion then the wooden seat. Carefully, starting at the top left corner staple the fabric and foam to the wooden seat. Then do the diagonal corner. Next, do the upper right corner, stapling securely. Then do the remaining corner. Screw the seat back on to the chair. If your seat cover has not already been treated with Scotchguard then spray it and allow it to dry about an hour. You are done!

Supply List

Philips Head screwdriver

Flat Head screwdriver

Industrial or Professional Staple Gun with Staples


1/4 inch foam cushion


Pencil or pen

Sharp scissors

Optional: Scotchguard spray

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