Step 1

Remove Old Fabric

Use a flathead screwdriver and pliers to remove upholstery tacks and the staples underneath. Do not throw away fabric or cushioning, you can use them for templates. If seats are different, number the bottom of the seat as well as fabric that was removed. 

Step 2

Clean Chairs

When fabric is removed, clean chair to remove dirt and greasy build up.

Step 3

Prime and Paint

When chairs are completely dry, apply a coat of primer to entire surface. A coat of primer will help paint better adhere to chairs. When the primer is dry, add your first coat of paint (we used Mophead Black, Benjamin Moore). Let chairs dry completely and then apply a second coat.

Step 4

Measure and Cut Padding

Use old fabric as a guide to cut a piece of carpet padding for the chair. Place padding on the chair and then cut in details you may have missed. Make sure there is enough overhang to go over the side of the chair, you can always cut excess off later.

Step 5

Attach Cushioning

Use a hot-glue gun to adhere padding onto seat and down the sides. Hold in place while the glue dries. To make it extra cushy, glue a second piece of carpet padding on top of the first one.

Cut a piece of quilting batting bigger than the carpet padding and lay it on top. Use a hot-glue gun again to adhere the batting to the padding. 

Step 6

Attach Cotton Batting

Use cotton batting for the final layer. Cut this layer long so it hangs down past the bottom of the seat. Glue cotton batting onto the quilting batting on top and around the sides of the seat. After the glue has dried (usually just a few minutes), flip the chair over and staple the overhanging batting to the bottom of the chair seat.

Step 7

Cut and Prep Fabric

Again, use the old fabric as the template to cut the new fabric. Place the new fabric on the seat and make sure it is centered and smooth. You may want to stick a few straight pins in the top to hold the fabric in place. Place one staple in each side, in the middle. Turn the chair upside down. Pull the fabric a little taunt and continue stapling each side from the middle out to the corners. If needed, use a hammer to push the staples all the way down. 

Step 8

Finishing Touches

Leave plenty of room around the corners and legs for folding in. You will probably need to cut some of the batting off to get the fabric to fold properly before hammering in the upholstery tacks. We used three tacks for the side of each leg.