17 How to Reupholster a Chair


I’m pretty sure most of us have at least one old chair in the house that could use a refresh or perhaps you’ve recently acquired a thrift store find and you’re searching for ways to bring it back to life. Reupholstering a chair may sound like a complex project but no need to feel intimidated. We have some amazing tutorials on reupholstered chairs that will show you everything that needs to be done, step by step.

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Here are some thrifty reupholstered chair projects that use various types of materials and range in complexity so you will surely find the one you need!

How to Reupholster a Chair

Reupholstered Chairs

The women I’m featuring today have mad crafting skillz! You won’t believe the cool stuff they’ve made.

17. Reupholstered Side Chairs

Provident Home Design

This pair of old chairs got an impressive upgrade once they were reupholstered using this wonderful blue-striped canvas. And it was on the cheap too!

Get tutorial here: Reupholstered Side Chairs

16. DIY Upholstery With Cow Hide Leather

The Heathered Nest

The cowhide certainly gives this chair an interesting look! Since the “before” look was pretty damaged, the results speak for themselves.

Get tutorial here: DIY Upholstery With Cow Hide Leather

Reupholster Dining Room Chairs Video

Chair Upholstery Video from The Upcycle Girls Restoration and Designs

Quickly watch ow to reupholster dining room chairs with white vinyl and add new padding.  Click the image to watch the video on Facebook.  Sorry, due some settings I couldn’t embed it here directly.

Watch the Video:  Time Laps Chair Reupholster with The Upcyccle Girl

15. Vintage Cane Chair Pair Reupholster

The DIY Mommy

These vintage chairs have been repainted and reupholstered to perfection. It took some work but one would say these would cost at least a few hundred bucks a piece if you were to purchase them in their current form.

Get tutorial here: Vintage Cane Chair Pair Reupholster

14. DIY Upholstered Wingback Chair

Lovely Little Life

Don’t you just love wingback chairs? They look so cozy! This one went from an outdated muddy pink to an eye-catching teal print upholstery.

Get tutorial here: DIY Upholstered Wingback Chair

13. Thrifty Chair Makeover


Red paint and a black & white geometric fabric have turned these chairs into something spectacular. This combination of colors is for you if you’re feeling brave!

Get tutorial here: Thrifty Chair Makeover

12. Reupholstered Dining Chairs

Pretty Handy Girl

You don’t have to be a pro with the staple gun to get this gorgeous result. The video tutorial will take you through the entire process, step by step.

Get tutorial here (with video): Reupholstered Dining Chairs

11. No Sew Fur Chair Reupholstery

Nesting Place

Fur can turn a boring chair into a statement piece and also make it so comfy! You just need to be careful when cutting the fur and the hot glue gun will do the rest.

Get tutorial here: No Sew Fur Chair Reupholstery

10. How To Reupholster Dining Chairs

Hey There Home

Sometimes reupholstering a chair means you’ll also have to take the frame apart, which can be intimidating. Here’s a handy guide that explains what needs to be done so they won’t look like Picasso art once you put them back together.

Get tutorial here: How To Reupholster Dining Chairs

9. Black & White Reupholstered Chair

Canary Street Crafts

This beauty was originally a thrift store find but after a few failed experiments the results certainly don’t dissapoint!

Get tutorial here: Black & White Reupholstered Chair

8. Reupholstered Office Chair

Practically Functional

Are you working long hours in the office (it doesn’t matter if it’s a home office, it still counts!)? If so, your office chair might look a little worn out. Try this easy reupholstering technique to bring it back to life.

Get tutorial here: Reupholstered Office Chair

7. Leather Seat Chair Makeover

Average but Inspired

It’s safe to say this chair was as plain as can get before its makeover. Some coral chalky finish paint and a gorgeous leather upholstery†gave it a feminine, rustic charm that definitely has the wow-factor.

Get tutorial here: Leather Seat Chair Makeover

6. Reupholstered Vintage Chairs

The Honeycomb Home

When it comes to no-sew reupholstery, the way you fold the fabric at the corners makes all the difference!

Get tutorial here: Reupholstered Vintage Chairs

5. Chair Seat Reupholster Tutorial

Sustain My Craft Habit

If your chair only has fabric on the seat and it has a basic square shape, this guide is all you need.

Get tutorial here: Chair Seat Reupholster Tutorial

4. Dining Chairs Reupholstered In Oilcloth

Design Improvised

If you have small kids, they’re probably spilling stuff all around the house, including the chairs. In this case, reupholstering them in oilcloth seems like the most practical idea for easy maintenance.

Get tutorial here: Dining Chairs Reupholstered In Oilcloth

3. Reupholstered Wing Chair

Jaime Costiglio

Wing chairs are gorgeous, aren’t they? Nevertheless, reupholstering them is not that intuitive but using this detailed tutorial will streamline the project and save you a headache.

Get tutorial here: Reupholstered Wing Chair

2. French Provincial Chair Reupholstery

Confessions of a Serial DIYer

The choice of fabric for this french provincial chair makeover is absolutely perfect! So much better than the original one, don’t you think?

Get tutorial here: French Provincial Chair Reupholstery

1. Bentwood Rocking Chair Makeover

Love Pomegranate House

Rocking chairs are not just for grannies. They’re the best type of chair to be on as you doze off while watching Netflix, especially after they get a professional looking makeover!

Get tutorial here: Bentwood Rocking Chair Makeover

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