Sunday, June 23, 2019

Simple Step by Step - How To Upholster Your Office Chair


      How To Upholster Your Office Chair

It always amazes me how a previous post just continues to get pinned for years and years.  One of my all time posts is this simple tutorial on how I upholstered my $15 Goodwill office chair.  If you look up how to upholster an office chair on google, mine is right up there at the top.  I thought it was time for a repeat here. It really is simple, so if you have an ordinary office chair like mine, I hope you will spruce yours up to reflect you and your style.

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. This looks great. Great job Marty.

  2. Wow that was a big improvement. Love the pattern of the new fabric and it really brightened the corner up! Excellent job!!