Thursday, March 2, 2017

Simple Step by Step - How To Upholster Your Office Chair

Finding a comfortable office chair is the first problem, then finding one that has some character is even a bigger problem.  I have been using a $15 office chair from Goodwill for the past few years, it is comfortable and does the job, however it is really vanilla.  Just a gray tweed fabric and that is all.  It is a secretary's chair with no arms and I love that it just rolls wherever I need it to be.  "But" (you knew there was going to be a - but) - it is really plain jane.  I found several really fabulous chairs with chic tufting and beautiful fabric, but the price tags kind of didn't fit my budget.  We have so many things on our renovate list and a new office chair wasn't one of them.  Since I have a nice new office in the loft (you can see my reveal post of the loft and office here) I thought maybe I could spruce up my goodwill chair a little.   Now it is a $15 chair, so what have I got to lose.

Here is a picture of the office with the original gray fabric chair. - pretty, but not very chic in the chair department.

A yard of $15.99 fabric and a few staples and it looks totally different.  Since everything in the room is brown, I wanted something light and with a little pattern - nothing screaming, but a little pattern.

I loved this fun fabric.  It has a little bit of yellow and a little greige,   Just enough to brighten up this corner.

I can't believe how easy it was.  I looked on line and there were a ton of videos on how to upholster an office chair.  I found one that looked similar to mine, so that was a huge help.   Just take the back off the bottom of the chair and then remove all the screws that hold the back and the seat on.  You will need to use a screw driver or something to help pry the back cushion out of the back plastic cover.  There are some dowels that snap into the wood part of the back.  That's all the pieces there are to my chair.

I took a newspaper and made a sort of template of the back and then allowed a couple of inches to pull the fabric around and staple.

I actually had way more than I needed, but it is nice to have some fabric to pull and work with.  Trim off all the excess close to the staples and make sure to leave the holes open for the screws and the dowels to snap back into.

This is what it looks like from the front.  Now I will be honest, I had to unstaple a few places to get the fabric straight and if I was to do it again,I would use something without a directional pattern.

Pull the fabric around and staple to the wood seat just like the back.

Both pieces done and ready to screw the chair back together.  This was so simple.  I should have done it years ago.

This looks so much better than the gray and it really was so easy.

Plus I think it makes my desk area look so much better too.

What do you think?  Do you have a simple office chair that could use a little love?

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  1. Hi Marty! Oh, there you go doing it again! I love your chair and what a great job you did too! I have one with a taller back I'd like to recover but I've been afraid to take it apart! Love your cute 'desk' too.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Beautiful job! I've thought about recovering mine and your success just may convince me this time.

  3. Really a good idea to choose the lighter fabric for that room, perfectly balances out your furnishings. I had no idea it would be that easy, goes and digs in fabric stash for 3 basement office chairs...,Thanks, Sandi

  4. OK, you've inspired me. I am saving this to do. My chair (Ikea) needs not only a different cover than the current black--I want to use some of the yellow/red fabric left over from the curtains--but there's a spring or something that pokes my leg, so I have to put a cushion on top. I keep thinking about how I really should fix it, and now you've made it look so simple.

  5. Great project dear! Looks amazing! xoxo
    Vesna - Home Chic Club

  6. What a great job you did on that chair! Love how creative you are.

  7. This is awesome Marty and looks pretty easy to do. Love that you could bring some personality with the pretty fabric to your office chair. Great job.

  8. Marty you are so talented! I would never have tried this and it looks fabulous. I will never look at a plain office chair the same way again (wink)

  9. The chair looks fresher and more attractive, now. Thanks for the tutorial!

  10. You have fabulous sewing skills. I have a leather desk chair with arms. I could use a new one:) Noone really sees it though so I put it off. Your chair looks fabulous!

  11. You did a great job, and the fabric matches your room really well! Too bad you don't live close to me. I'm thinking about putting away my desktop computer that I only use for photos because it's pretty old. And then I will probably do away with my office stuff. So I'll have a white Wayfair desk chair.

  12. It's perfect, Marty!! Love the fabric, and you did a fantastic job! AS ALWAYS!!!! :)

  13. Oh I have one of those chairs in my sewing room and would love to do it. As soon as I find the fabric and work up the courage. Thanks for the instructions.

  14. Yes, Marty, I have a chair exactly like yours! You have inspired me - thank you!

  15. looks GREAT~!!

    I have a black one that could use some love, so I may try this.

  16. I love your 'new' chair. I need to do the same to my office chair. You've inspired me to find some fabric and get it done. Your new office is wonderful!

  17. This chair look so unique at Home Decor. You really put all your efforts to make things alive in Home Decor. I also have one unused chair at home. So, I am trying to make that chair like yours.

  18. Looks great Marty! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  19. Marty you're awesome. You did a wonderful job. I have featured this at my Winter Blues Wednesday party. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  20. Marty, you are brilliant! It has NEVER occurred to me that I could reupholster one of those chairs. But it looks pretty simple, really, and what a great difference! Bravo!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party. I'm featuring you this week!

  21. This is just what I need to do to my own office chair. I was thinking about upholstery paint but didn't really want to go that route either. This is a perfect fix. I didn't realize those back pieces snapped off like that!