Monday, January 3, 2011

How to Upholster a Chair Cushion

Also, Happy New Year! I hope you all are having a great 2011 so far! And I sincerely want to thank all of you for following/ reading. My new years resolution is to keep you informed and entertained for ALL of 2011 and beyond! 

Now, to business...

Seat of thrift store chair
taken off 
When you're selecting furniture that you plan to change, make sure that you make things easy on yourself. For example, if you're looking to change a chair cushion, make sure that it is a seat has a bottom that can be unscrewed. Like so: 
What you will need when re-upholstering a seat cushion: 
1. Batting ( can be found at any store where fabrics are sold)
2. Foam ( can be found at any store where fabrics are sold) 
3. Fabric ( you can also find this where fabrics are sold) 
4. Staple Gun
5. Pencil or pen 
6. Scissors
7. Screwdriver
8. Needlenose pliers or staple remover

Step 1: Remove seat cushion from chair with screwdriver. Make sure you save the screws if you plan to use them again, or save at least 1 so you can find new screws in the same style. 
Step 2: Remove existing staples with pliers 
Step 3: Take removed fabric and lay flat on new fabric to trace pattern and cut it out.  

Step 4: Trace the seat for the foam and cut the batting in a square, leaving about 4 inches on each side

Step 5: Fit foam, batting and fabric over the seat like you're wrapping a present, securing each layer before adding the other, and remember to trim off excess fabric. 

Step 6: After securing the four corners, move around the seat and make sure there are no wrinkles and secure with staples. 

Et Voila! You've made yourself a chair cushion, sista! 


  1. Loving that new cushion color! Thanks for making our home so beautiful.

  2. What kind of foam to you prefer for the cushions?


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