Same Chair 4 Ways: Learn this Trick (and try it this weekend!)

Have you ever wished your chair upholstery actually matched the rest of your decor?  Or had an accent chair whose upholstery didn't quite do it for you?  With the holidays fast approaching maybe you'd love your accent chair to sport a fun holiday hue?  Well, wish no longer because you're about to learn how to make it happen!  

I am not going to detail HOW to re-upholster a chair in this post. but you can go to this link for that:  Re-upholstering your dining or kitchen chairs   In this post, I'm sharing a tip for how to quickly and easily change out your upholstered chair.  In fact this is so quick and easy that you might find yourself changing your chair seat out with every changing holiday or season.  I know I do!  

Here is the same chair 4 different ways: 

These fabrics you see aren't even attached to the seat cushion. They are temporary and can be changed out in 2 minutes flat.  For this chair above,  I have a thin fabric that is permanently attached around the cushion and seat base (like seat covers should be).   Having a permanent cushion cover provides a smooth surface and nice clean edges to work with once your are ready to place your "temporary" fabric over it. For this chair you see, the screws from the chair bottom have already been removed.  And I'll admit....they've never been replaced!  I figure I can get by with this since the chair is mainly for looks!

Next, I choose my fabric and cut a piece large enough to be able to cover the seat, wrap around its edges, and tuck underneath.  As I wrap the fabric around, tucking it tightly under the edge of the seat, I gently push the seat into the seat frame so the fabric doesn't keep loosening or popping out as i move around the seat.   In the photo below I actually taped the upholstery to the seat bottom to secure it better.  There was too much material to neatly and easily tuck under all the edges.  Taping made this task easier.   

Once the seat is in,  you can always tuck any stray or loose pieces of fabric back under.  I've had to do that before and it's wasn't a problem.  

And there you have it.  A new chair......and no sewing, measuring, or stapling!   

This is a fun project that would take approximately 15 minutes, or less!   And, another quick tip:   an alternative to purchasing fabric at a fabric store is using bed linens like pillow cases (that are in good shape), table linens like large cloth napkins, or even pieces from an old table cloth you don't use!  I have even used old window panels!    

The next time you are in need of a decor or color change, try this method!  With Christmas and New Year's on the horizon and parties to host, you now have the know-how for creating a fun "new" chair!  Just don't let Santa sit in it (if you leave the screws off like I do!) 

Have you ever thought to use something other than "fabric" to re-upholster something?  It's a great concept isn't it?