Have you ever gone to a yard sale or thrift store and seen chairs in good condition structurally, but the upholstery is in terrible shape? I run into that situation a lot, and wish that I knew how to do upholstery. One simple project, though, is recovering chair seats. Unfortunately, simple doesn’t necessarily mean cheap. So, I thought I’d share with you a few tips for how to recover chair seats inexpensively. ‘Cause you know how cheap I am.
I almost always like to add extra padding to the seat. Makes me feel a bit of kinship to the project.
Cut up old quilted mattress pads for a little extra cush to the tush. For even more padding, cut foam mattress pads to size. Add as many layers as desired.
Upholstery fabric is expensive. Think outside the box to find practical and affordable fabric.
I found curtains on clearance at Lowe’s over a year ago, and ended up using only one panel to recover six of these chairs for our son.
Use a shower curtain in the same way. Many times they have a treatment on them to repel water, and it certainly can’t hurt to have a little extra protection from stains.
And of course, if you’ve been around here any time at all, you know how I love to use painters’ drop cloths for all sorts of projects. Stenciling on drop cloth fabric is a great way to customize the pattern and color to fit your décor.
You may remember the French Country chair on the left, which is now my office/ sewing chair. The one on the right is the same style chair with the same drop cloth fabric. Notice how a change in stencil and paint colors create a different look.
Another fabric source is to use bedding- sheets and quilts are great alternatives to purchasing upholstery fabric.
Do you have any tips or sources for inexpensive fabric?