How To Upholster A Chair

Upholstering a chair is not as difficult as it may seem. With the right tools and materials, you can transform an old or worn-out chair into a beautiful piece of furniture. In this article, we will guide you through the process of upholstering a chair step by step.

Tools and Materials

Before we start, let’s gather the tools and materials needed for the job. You will need:

  • Chair
  • Fabric
  • Foam padding
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil

Step 1: Remove the Old Fabric

The first step is to remove the old fabric from the chair. Use a screwdriver and pliers to remove any screws or staples holding the fabric in place. Be careful not to damage the chair frame.

FAQ: How do I remove stubborn staples?

If the staples are difficult to remove, use pliers to grip the staple and pull it out. You can also use a staple remover tool.

Step 2: Measure and Cut the Foam Padding

Measure the seat and back of the chair and cut the foam padding to fit. Use the old fabric as a template if possible.

Step 3: Attach the Foam Padding

Attach the foam padding to the chair frame using a staple gun. Make sure the foam is securely attached and smooth out any wrinkles.

Step 4: Cut and Attach the Fabric

Cut the fabric to fit the chair, leaving extra fabric on all sides. Lay the fabric over the chair and smooth out any wrinkles. Use a staple gun to attach the fabric to the underside of the chair.

FAQ: How do I avoid wrinkles in the fabric?

Smooth out the fabric as you go and pull it tight before stapling it to the chair. Use a steam iron to remove any wrinkles before attaching the fabric.

Step 5: Finish the Edges

Fold the excess fabric on the edges of the chair and staple it in place. Make sure the fabric is tight and smooth.

Step 6: Reattach the Seat and Back

Once the fabric is attached, reattach the seat and back to the chair frame using screws or staples.

Step 7: Add Finishing Touches

Add any finishing touches, such as decorative trim or buttons, to complete the upholstering process.


Upholstering a chair is a great way to give new life to an old piece of furniture. With the right tools and materials, anyone can tackle this DIY project. Follow these steps and soon you’ll have a beautifully upholstered chair that you can be proud of.