How to recover kitchen chair seats

Having worn-out chair seats in your kitchen is not the end of the world nor is it a rare occurrence.

If you’re one of those rare people who actually eat in the kitchen (you surely know how tempting it is to eat in your bed without having to stop binge-watching some TV show on your laptop), and if you haven’t recovered your kitchen chair seats for years, then they must look pretty bad by now!

But don’t worry – you don’t have to hide those ugly kitchen chairs in other rooms every time some guests are coming by. And you certainly don’t need to throw them out and buy new ones! (Save your budget for something else!)

All you need are those old kitchen chairs that you want to recover. Well, and a few other things:

  • fabric for seat cushion
  • lining for seat cushion
  • pen
  • scissors
  • measure tape
  • staple gun
  • screwdriver

So basically, before getting started – you’ll have to go shop for fabrics for your new, reupholstered kitchen chair seats.

When choosing fabrics for your kitchen chair seats, make sure you understand that it must suit the overall design of your kitchen. Avoid eye-catching and bright designs if you don’t want to make your dining room look like some cheap joint.

Okay, now that you have all the materials needed handy, let’s get started on recovering your kitchen chair seats.

Step #1: Remove old seat fabric

Remove seat cushion from the kitchen chair frame and detach that old, worn-out fabric from cushion.

Step #2: Do some cuttin’

Place your kitchen seat frame with cushion on the lining. Measure 3 inches out from the edges around the frame, and trace that new 3-inch edge with a pen. Now do some cuttin’ along that 3-inch line.

Step #3: Do some gunnin’

Get a staple gun and attach the lining to the frame. It’s recommended to start stapling at the center of each side and then staple each corner. Make sure you pull the fabric tight around the frame so that it sits tightly (you don’t want no ugly wrinkles there!).

After you’re done with the center and corners, continue stapling by moving from the center to corners, filling those unstapled spaces. Make sure it all stays in place!

Step #4: Do some trimmin’

Get rid of that ugly excess fabric by trimming the fabric along the edges using scissors.

Step #5: Do some cuttin’ again

Remember the 3 inches rule? Place the newly-lined frame on your new fabric. Measure 3 inches from edge of cushion around the frame, and trace that new 3-inch edge with a pen. Now do some cuttin’ along that line.

Step #6: Again some gunnin’

Using a staple gun, attach the fabric to the frame making sure it stays in place securely. Once again, start stapling the fabric at the center of each side and then get those corners stapled to the frame.

After you’re done, fill the unstapled space by stapling from the center to corners. Make sure you pull the fabric tightly around corners so that there are no ugly wrinkles left.

Step #7: Do some securin’

Finally, now that your kitchen chair seat cushion has a new fabric on it, reattach it to the chair frame.

If you like what you’ve done – congratulations! If you notice some wrinkles or tucks or you don’t like the overall look, redo some of the steps.

Now that you know how easy and quick it is to reupholster your kitchen chair seats, you can customize your dining room anytime you want it! If you’re wondering how to make your kitchen chair seats last longer, stop putting your feet on the seats.

Also, if you have a cat, make sure it doesn’t sharpen its claws on those kitchen seats!