How to make a padded chair

by Debra
does any one have any info on how to turn a hard wood chair into a padded seat cushion, I want to add a fabric seat to a regular hard wood chair. Is this possible?
  10 answers
  • Cathy B Cathy B on Jul 01, 2013
    I think it depends on how your chair is made and the shape of the seat. If the legs and the back are screwed into the seat, you can simply unscrew them, cover the seat with batting and fabric and screw them back on. If not, it will be a little tougher, but probably still doable.

  • Z Z on Jul 01, 2013
    @Debra, you don't have to remove the seat in order to cover it, but it does make it easier. If you share a photo of your chair I'll be happy to tell you if it's a good candidate to recover and how to do so.

  • Debra Debra on Jul 01, 2013
    Becky, I will try to attach a picture. Thank you for your help

  • Debra Debra on Jul 01, 2013
    Cathy, I think I have to have a square seat to do this and the one I have is square but it doesn't detach. Thank you for your reply

  • Z Z on Jul 01, 2013
    No you don't even need a square seat to do this @Debra. It's a little bit tougher, but it can still be done. I'll check back for your photo. Once you load it to your computer all you have to do is click on the blue underlined "Add Photos or Videos" under where you write your reply, find and open the folder on your computer and chose the photo you want to share. HT programming will do the rest.

  • Debra Debra on Jul 01, 2013
    thank you Becky

  • Cathy B Cathy B on Jul 01, 2013
    You could always cut a piece of thin plywood or MDF slightly smaller, but the same shape as the seat of your chair. Cover that, then screw to the seat from the bottom. If necessary, you can glue trim around it, but you may like it without.

  • Carol G Carol G on Jul 02, 2013
    All you have to do is cut a piece of sponge the size of the seat then cut batting and fabric to fit the back and cut it longer all around, spray glue sponge to chair, spray glue batting to sponge, spray glue fabric to batting and staple fabric and batting under the chair and cut extra

  • Debra Debra on Jul 02, 2013
    Cathy, Kim & Carol, thank you so much for your replies. I was hoping to be able to do it pretty much they way you have suggested. This helps a lot. Best wishes to all.

  • Martinigal Martinigal on Feb 25, 2015
    Ah, @Curtain Queen Creates, thanks so much! Totally makes sense. I used to reupholster my chairs quite often. Makes much more sense now. I'm assuming you can get the foam at a Michaels? I'm painting the table and now that I know I can upholster the chairs I'm even more excited. I was reading about laminate vs. wood. the table looks like laminate from the top, but when I turn it over the other side really looks like wood. I suppose I should use a laminate primer regardless? I can't thank you enough for helping me :-)!