The Craft Patch: How To Reupholster A Round Chair Seat

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

How To Reupholster A Round Chair Seat

If you saw my patio set makeover last week, you'll remember the round chair seats I reupholstered:


They were easy to do, and boy do they look a ton better with new fabric! I figured out a pretty great method for getting a smooth finish on the seats. Here's how you can cover your own round seats:

Cut out a circle of fabric 3-4 inches larger than the seat. Place the fabric right side down on your work surface, then lay the pad and wood seat on top of that. All three layers should be front side down.


Start stapling! You will need to use a heavy duty staple gun. I stapled following the order of the numbers in the photo below. Every time I stapled, I made sure to smooth out the fabric and pull it tight. That's why you always staple one side, then go directly across from it next... it helps pull the fabric tight.


After you've stapled a lot, you'll end up with bunches of fabric that stick up. Pinch them into triangle shaped pleats like this:


Then staple them in three places, like this:


Continue around the whole circle until everything is stapled down nice and tight.


You should be left with a perfectly reupholstered seat cushion!


Mine sit loosely atop the metal frames, so all I had to do was set them on and I was done.



7 comments:

  1. what type staples? I'm using light duty 5/16th & it keeps stopping every 3-4 staples....& doesn't shoot..?! irritating! I bght this staple gun, just for upholstering..Sears Cratsman.Thanks

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    1. Well dangitt! That is frustrating! Are your staples getting jammed somehow? Maybe your gun is a dud. Usually Sears has a great return policy. Sorry I can't be more helpful!

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    2. It just stops,& have to click it nothing click it shoots out..Gonna look it up..maybe it needs oiling... it's a 2009 & not used much.. But Bght another one today, & they sold me wrong thickness, for my new gun..had to call the co. to find that out..

      What size staples did you use? 5/15" or 5/8? Not sure which is the longest, as I'm out of the 3/8" Thanks.. I used a thick batting & sponge too, for better padding. Thanks!

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    3. I gave the rest of my staples to my mom, or else I'd look on the package to tell you the exact size. BUT... I used really short staples because the round wood seats weren't very thick and I didn't want the staples to go through to the other side and poke people in the buns when they sit on them. Ha!

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  2. Thanks, I bght the 3/8s as they looked longer but they did not all stay down..Thickness of furn & wood is hard, but I hammered..Thanks again.. I read that the springs in the staple guns get loose, & tried to get mine out=impossible, so bght a new one.

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    1. It's too bad you had to buy a new machine, but I'm so glad you were able to figure things out! I hope you love your new seats!

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  3. Excellent explanation. The best I found on the net! Thank you.

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