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.

Resources for this project:

Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.More info

Heather Cammack
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

Frequently asked questions

Have a question about this project?

3 of 5 questions
  • Shelly Shelly on Nov 28, 2019

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

  • Rose Rose on May 18, 2020

    I will need

    new cushions what should I purchase?

  • Linda Lee Carroll-Ryczek Linda Lee Carroll-Ryczek on Apr 19, 2021

    Beautiful smart creative idea... BUT, wouldn’t it be even better more comfortable if cushioned foam padding be added under the rug seating? That is what I plan to do to my 4 wrought Iron chairs a friend gave to me. I am going to give a makeover to my chairs.


Join the conversation

2 of 96 comments
  • Debra Foreman Tillman Debra Foreman Tillman on Aug 10, 2021

    I love it!!!!!

  • Judy Judy on Aug 12, 2021

    Just in time for my badly needed dining room chair make over than I've been putting off! We're not fancy people and my dining room is family friendly. Going to look into this idea for a casual dining room look. Thanks for sharing.