How can I remove the seat of my chair without ruining it?

by Dkrivitzkin

I want to reupholster dining chairs but it seems like the frame is glued on as I can't find any other screws. How can I remove it without ruining it?

  9 answers
  • Annie Annie on Sep 18, 2019

    Can you get a box cutter knife and carefully run it around the line where it is glued? That could break enough of a seal that you may be able to pop the seat off.

  • Dkrivitzkin Dkrivitzkin on Sep 18, 2019

    Thank you for the suggestion. Unfortunately that didn't work. I'll need to get a much longer & sharper cutter or knife. It is really on their tight

  • GeorgiaBulldogsFan GeorgiaBulldogsFan on Sep 18, 2019

    I was wondering if heating the glue with a blow dryer might soften it enough to help to get the pieces apart. Hope you get it apart.

  • Dkrivitzkin Dkrivitzkin on Sep 18, 2019

    Thanks. I'll try that

  • John John on Sep 19, 2019

    Hold the frame firmly & tap on the seat around the inside of the frame, if it's plywood you can bang pretty hard, these seats usually have 2 screws in each side way down inside of the holes.

  • Baxter Baxter on Sep 19, 2019

    Are you sure there's not screws holding the seat to the frame in those holes that are in the center of the front and back rail? There's also 2 more holes on each side rail. That should be where the seat cushion is screwed into the chair seat frame.

  • Dkrivitzkin Dkrivitzkin on Sep 19, 2019

    Thank you!!! I see them now!

  • William William on Sep 19, 2019

    Baxter has got it. You need a long Phillips screwdriver to get at the screws in the aprons.

  • John John on Sep 21, 2019

    Older chairs need a flat blade screwdriver.