When I first saw the chairs from this dining set below, I immediately thought that I needed to put on new cushions. The old ones were worn down, ripped, boring, probably 30 years old, plus: fake leather in pale grey probably never looks good on anything in the first place. Instead I thought of a warm, natural color or combination of earthy shades on a simple cotton fabric with a large pattern: just like the STOCKHOLM fabric collection at IKEA.
Tools: Old short kitchen knife, screw driver, pliers, staple gun
Material: Thick durable, cotton fabric matching the size of the seat plus 8–10 cm “bleed” all around; if needed also wood adhesive, felt gliders
Duration: 20–30 minutes per chair
To be recovered: 4 simple chairs form the 80s
Remove the staples using a screw driver, knife and pliers
Remove the fabric
Fix the chair if necessary
The wood adhesive can cure and dry up while you are removing the old cushion covers
Lay out the cushions on or under the new fabric to figure out, what part of the pattern should show later on the seat
Cut out the shape of the seat cushion
Turn around the fabric and arrange the cushion correctly
Fix the fabric on the reverse side of the seat pad with ONE staple each on two opposing sides/edges
I folded in the edge of the cotton because I thought it looks nicer and I am not going to use any cover from the bottom
Once you have fixed all four sides it should look like this
Now fold in the corners NEATLY and fix them really well. I put always two staples right next to each other.
If necessary, add some felt gliders to the legs. (We have a ceramic tile floor).
Tadaaaaa! You’re done.
Four new old chairs. I love that each one is different.
The colors go well with the rest of colors in our home.