How to Reupholster a Chair with Foam (6 Easy Steps)

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Yes, you can reupholster a chair seat. It may seem that it's out of your reach as a novice crafter, but we promise – it's not as hard as it may sound. It's easier if you work with a friend on this one. But we're going to give you the most straightforward approach, and you know us, we have got what you need in terms of foam!

Let's get started on reupholstering a chair with foam

So grab your favourite chair that needs a bit of a makeover and get ready to discover the best way to reupholster it using new foam and fabric. Of course, every chair should be comfortable, including whichever one you're going to reupholster. So we recommend getting a 2-inch thick high-density foam. It should be the ideal density and give your posterior the comfort it needs when you sit down to eat.

Everybody loves a shortcut, so let's have one before you start. If your chair pads are very thin, to begin with, you can even add your foam and fabric to the top of that without pulling out all the old staples.

Materials for upholstering your chair with foam

Here's what you need to get going:

  • Your chair
  • 2" high-density foam, which you can order from our foam cut to size page
  • Your new fabric
  • A bread knife or electric carving knife
  • Staples and your stable gun
  • Drill and screwdriver
  • Our easy-to-follow step by step instructions
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1. Remove the seat from the chair - Depending on the style of your chair, you may be able to turn it upside down, and the seat comes out! But for others, turn it upside down and unscrew those seat screws with your screwdriver.

2. Collect your materials - You may already have your fabric – otherwise, go along to your local fabric shop and choose what you love. We recommend using 2" high-density foam to reupholster your chair. Get all the other materials you need to do the project. When choosing your fabric, you should know the colour of your chair frame to get something that aligns with it.

3. Cut your fabric - Measure the size of your fabric and cut. You'll need an extra two inches so that you can attach the material to the bottom of your chair with your staples.

4. Cut your foam - Use your marker to mark your foam where you're going to cut it. It's recommended to add an extra inch on both sides to give you all the comfort you can take. The foam may need to expand when you sit on it. Now get hold of your saw or your bread knife and use that to cut through the foam. It would help if you tried to cut it in one go rather than doing it bits at a time. It will make it a cleaner cut.

5. Staple down your fabric - This step is where you will need some help. Be sure to get your friend at the ready and get your staple gun. For beginners, it's easy enough to fold it into place. There are other ways you can do this, such as using pleating so you can get rounded edges.

You can start by laying out the fabric, putting on the foam, and then putting on the chair seat. It all needs to be upside down. You can measure with a ruler if you're not too sure if you've got it right. It's important to know that you don't want things to move at this stage. You've got three layers, and they must stay in alignment. So hold down the centre of the seat as you stretch the fabric from one side. Start stapling; you can leave a few inches between each staple. Pull the fabric taut as it's going to loosen over time. Even if the material looks like it's puckering, you're on the right track, and you can add in more staples.

6. Reattach your newly reupholstered seats to your chairs - Now you've done the hard part, and you just need to get your seat back onto the frame of the chair. This could take screws and your electric drill to make it easier.

Now you've completed your project, and your newly reupholstered chair should be looking gorgeous! You are welcome to send us photos if you would like us to share your project on our website.

Feel free to contact us to discuss any of your requirements.

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