The Fast Way to Replace a Dining Chair Cushion
The dining chairs in my living room were a cute mid-century style, but at some point in the last seventy years the original seats were replaced with plywood. As you might imagine, this was super uncomfortable to sit on. So I went on a mission to find a cheap and easy way to replace the cushions. This was the result!
I picked up four used hotel-style chairs for $1.50 each at my local Habitat Restore with the intention to remove the seat cushions, and transfer them to my chairs. Upholstery foam is expensive, and I'll do whatever I can to avoid buying it new - I even have an entire post dedicated to where to find it cheap!
My chairs started like this. The wooden chair on the left is the one I intended to sit in my dining room, while the metal chair on the right is the one I was pulling the cushion from.
I started by removing the seats from the chairs. Both seats were simply attached with screws on the bottom of the chairs.
Then I glued the cushioned seat to the plywood seat using spray adhesive.
For extra security, I connected the two seats together with the four screws I took off the metal chairs.
Then I recovered the seat. Since the two seats weren't exactly the same size, I used batting (and a little poly-fil) to smooth out the gaps.
Both the batting and the fabric were secured with upholstery staples.
Since the chair seats were so small, I was able to use drop cloth scraps from other projects to cover them. Once the cushion was covered, I attached my new seat to the chair.
Then my chair was done. This was 100% a cheater method for replacing the seats, but it got the task done quickly, and my new chairs are cute and comfy, which is everything I wanted.
If you think you might do a similar project, be sure to check out the full blog post for more details on the process!
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- Dining Chairs (Already Had)
- Used Hotel Chair Cushions (Habitat Restore)
- Spray Adhesive (Amazon)
- Batting (JoAnn Fabrics)
- Poly-Fil (JoAnn Fabrics)
- Drop Cloth Fabric (Harbor Freight)
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Kathy Nashadka on Mar 15, 2020
Very useful information
Jerri Lynn on Oct 16, 2020
I’m trying this today. Wish me luck🤞🏼
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