Dad & Daughter DIY - Chair Cushions That Pop

2 Materials
$17
1 Hour
Easy

New chair cushions for my daughter's apartment needed to be brightened up a bit. She bought some material and said " Dad can you help me? "


Here's how we handled it

Here are the cushions that came with my daughter's new dining set. It's her first apartment on her own and she's paying attention to every little detail.

She bought two yards of this material at a local fabric store. This material will be easy to work with


(In my opinion it's not very durable, but she's single and lives alone, so she can rotate the chairs, and it's easy enough to change out if they show wear or she changes her mind)

We put a cushion upside down on the material and cut a piece to fit with some room to spare

Pulled up one side and attached with my air powered staple gun. We used 3/4" long staples. Any longer and they might have been felt through the cushion (we DID test for this). We pulled the material tight and stapled the the other side, then the back, and finally the front. The first cushion took her ten minutes, after that five minutes each.

After the material was all stapled in place, we had lots of excess in the corners we simply trimmed with a pair of scissors.

Here is my bashful/reluctant daughter posing with her first cushion. (That odd thing sticking out to the right is my telescope ; )

I sat each cushion on the edge of my fireplace and gave it a good sitting workout. I didn't want a staple injuring someone later. Here they are stacked up and ready to go back to her house.

She had already assembled her chairs. I simply attached the cushions with the original hardware from the furniture manufacturer

Here is here dining area. I'm really proud of her for wanting this look. It's a darn sight better than that muddy brown she purchased. I'm not an upholsterer, but I think we got the look she wanted and saved her a ton of money in the process. Not bad for a college girl!


I supplied the staples. I used way less that 10% of a $10 box, so I listed $1 in the cost below. As far as tools, it's a $29 air-powered staple gun from Harbor Freight.


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3 questions
  • Deborah
    Deborah
    on Dec 30, 2020

    I have circular attached cushions and need a desperate need of a makeover. My attempt left a lot of puckers and not looking even and tight. What would you recommend?

    • Sandra
      Sandra
      on Jan 27, 2021

      Use a thinner fabric, not something thick like duck or canvas. And do a the person above suggests: attach it at 12,6, then 3 and 9...

  • Evon
    Evon
    on Jan 5, 2021

    Since the cushions are not real thick, when you sit on those cushions, wouldn't the staples pinch?

    • Sandra
      Sandra
      on Jan 27, 2021

      I've redone chairs several times and the staples are never a problem.

  • Joanne
    Joanne
    on Jan 29, 2021

    Any solution to covering attachable cushions so the bottom doesn’t show? Or do you just keep one side up?

    Thank you

    • Jim Cox
      Jim Cox
      on Jan 29, 2021

      You could always wrap a piece of cardboard with another piece of material and then glue that onto the bottom. We actually talked about that but she was too excited to get them done :)

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  • Sandra
    Sandra
    on Jan 27, 2021

    I would suggest one little thing: fold the edges under once or twice so you don't have raw edges on the back, as this will prevent the staples from ripping the fabric edges when a heavier guest sits on the chair. Thank you for sharing how much a staple gun costs. .I always just used a heavy duty stapler... will go out and get me a real one if only $30

  • Anita Gian
    Anita Gian
    on Jan 31, 2021

    When I recover dining room chairs I always put a new sheet of batting over the seat for a little extra loft.

    It is easy to give them (or a bench) a finished look on the bottom by glue-gunning a piece of lightweight,dark fabric.

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