Re-Cover a Chair With a Woven Rug

3 Materials
45 Minutes

Why limit yourself to upholstery fabric, when you can reupholster your chair with an inexpensive woven rug. Rugs are durable and add texture and style that is difficult to find in fabric. Grab a 2'x3' woven cotton rug for an average sized chair seat and follow this easy tutorial for a quick but dramatic chair makeover.

Find yourself a chair with potential! I found this unique chair at a thrift store for $4.99. Remove the seat and the old upholstery fabric. Pull out any old staples with pliers and a flat head screwdriver.

I picked this woven cotton rug up for $16.00. Place your seat, the chair seat that is  , over your rug and decide what part of the pattern you want to cut out. leave several inches of allowance on all sides.

Use a heavy duty stapler to attach the rug to the seat. Start by stapling the four center points of all sides, and then work outward. Be sure to check your pattern several times to make sure you're not pulling your pattern wonky. I used 1/2 inch staples on my project.

Re-attach your seat to the chair frame. I had to use slightly longer screws to accommodate for the thicker cushion material. Also, do any re-finishing to the chair frame before you re-attach the seat.

I sanded my frame for a more natural wood tone, and sealed it with a satin water based sealer.

And that's it! Now you can enjoy your cozy new chair.

Be sure to check out my blog for a more in depth tutorial.

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3 of 4 questions
  • Sherri
    on Nov 28, 2019

    Didn't you have to put some type of cushion on the chair?

  • Shelly
    on Nov 28, 2019

    So it has to be a thin rug just asking cuz u used a staple gun

    • Marion D. Randell
      on May 21, 2020

      No it doesn't have to be a thin Can buy larger staples for thicker fabric

  • Rose
    on May 18, 2020

    I will need

    new cushions what should I purchase?

    • Ginger
      on May 25, 2020

      Joanns has foam that you can cut. Use the old one as a pattern but also take into consideration that the old foam will be flatter so allow the new fabric to have some lead way. 😊

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