Recover chair cushions?


how do I redo the back and seat cushions on a midcentury modern chair?

  13 answers
  • on Apr 06, 2020

    Can you share photos? Every chair is different in how to do this. :)

  • Sandy Sandy on Apr 06, 2020

    You might want to go to youtube or google they have a lot of ideas on that site... 4-6-20 stay safe.....:-) 4-6-20

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Apr 06, 2020

    Please post a picture so we can see what you are starting with and can give you the best support and suggestions.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Apr 06, 2020

    Recovering a chair cushion is fairly straight forward. Remove the seat and/or back - usually a few screws hold it in place. Remove the old fabric - probably held in place with staples. Use that fabric as a template for the new fabric. Make it larger if you are adding more padding. Lay the seat centered on the fabric, pull fabric up in center (either front or back) and staple in place. Pull the opposite edge fabric tight and add a staple. Then it is a matter of pulling a stapling the fabric working from center to corners.

  • Beth Beth on Apr 06, 2020

    If you just have a couple of tears, you could try doing something like this:

    If you want it to blend in more, try using a thread that is close in color to the fabric. If you want it to stand out as visible mending, try using something pretty like the turquoise thread here.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 06, 2020

    Hello Suzanne,

    If you don't sew, then wrap each cushion as if it were a gift for yourself and use safety pins to secure underneath where know one will see., If you sew a bit, make a simple pillowcase for them and tuck in the corners and the end. If you can use a sewing machine make a pattern of the cushions using paper and allowing for seam allowance. 2 x face od cushion , pluss long length for depth of box or cut separate sides Machine together (If using a zip, put that in first, Hope that of some help.Take your time, Try it with an old sheet first ..............

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Apr 06, 2020

    I'd love to see your chair. It can be really simple, but sometimes, it ruins the chair to redo. With that being said, you do what makes you happy, but if your point is to resell check into how people prefer to buy them. Sometimes a good cleaning makes a world of difference.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Apr 06, 2020


    Please consider posting a photo. Seeing the top and bottom of the chair would be excellent information. If we can see what you have to work with we will then be able to offer realistic suggestions on how you might be able to improve it.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Apr 07, 2020

    Hi! Generally it will involve unwavering a few screws and/or pulling some staples. Make note of each step as you deconstruct the parts (I like to take pictures). When you are reconstructing, you will just be going from the outside in. I love the two staple puller I have in my toolbox. You may need a screwdriver and stapler to put it back together. Sometimes you can reuse the padding and sometimes it is too worn. Use it and any fabric you remove as templates for replacing the upholstery. I often but crib size batting and a section of foam to restore seat cushions. Prices vary. For example I often but the batting at Wal-Mart and the foam, tacjs, etc. online. Use a sturdy fabric so that it holds up. Good luck and stay well!

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Apr 08, 2020

    I have a few posts that may help you because I have written a few on upholstery tips. Posting a picture would help a lot since each and every upholstery job is different and will use different techniques.

  • Deb K Deb K on Apr 08, 2020

    Hello Suzanne, here's another video that may help you out, I hope,