How to Upholster a Dining Room Chair ? Try This Simple DIY Tips !

Hi every person. As I stated earlier this week, I’m sharing how I built the Parson chairs for our DIY Farmhouse Table. I truly wanted to nevertheless try to save money on the chairs as properly, but I couldn’t find any that either matched our table, had the fabric we liked, or that weren’t an arm and a leg. Each and every of these chairs expense about $40 every single to make. The biggest cost came from the fabric. Home decor fabric isn’t low cost, but I identified this on sale at Hobby Lobby. I wanted something that would complement our residence decor and wouldn’t show stains from dirty little fingers. I identified the plans for these chairs as soon as once more from the fabulous Ana White. Her plans are excellent, but I produced a couple of modifications to far better suit our wants/desires. Primarily based on one more brag post, I utilised 2x3s for the chair seats and backs as properly as the back legs. I also elevated the height of the chair backs to 22 inches and changed the angle of the backrest from 15 degrees to five degrees. I wanted them to sit a small straighter given that they are formal dining chairs at our not-so-formal dining table:)

The 1st step is to assemble the chair seats. I used my Kreg Jig to drill all of the pocket holes in my chair pieces. Making use of 2 1/2″ pocket screws, I screwed the sides of the seats collectively. This was by far the hardest component. Stabilizing the back in order to screw it all with each other was a bit difficult.

After the sides and backs are attached, you will attach the bottom and back seat supports when once again with 2 1/2″ pocket screws.

Subsequent, you’ll start building the legs. Make sure that when you assemble the legs, you have the pocket holes for attaching it to the seat pointed in the appropriate direction. I came close to producing that error a handful of times:)

Finish developing the legs by attaching the front and back aprons.

I utilized 1/2″ plywood for the seat backs and bottoms. You can also use jute webbing (discovered at upholstry retailers and fabric shops) for the seat bottoms. Following sitting in these for a few months, my husband thinks we need to have gone with the jute webbing to make the seat feel a little springier (is that even a word?). I may possibly finish up swapping out the plywood bottom for the webbing if I can. Someday… After I assembled all of the chairs, I completed the bases with Minwax Provencial stain and Minwax Polycrylic. No need to finish the seat because it will be covered with fabric.

I utilised spray adhesive to attach the 1/2″ foam batting more than the back of the chair. Be careful on the back side of the chair that you don’t push the batting as well difficult.

I trimmed off the excess with scissors to make it flush with the sides of the back. I then sprayed the adhesive on the seat and attached the foam pad.

Then came the component I dreaded the most. I am not one particular of these men and women who enjoys sewing. I wouldn’t say that I hate it, but I undoubtedly do not do it because I want to either. The layer of dust on it when I pulled it out would most likely make my grandmother cringe.

Since I was producing 4 chairs, I made a pattern out of freezer paper so I could reuse it again and again. Remember that if you are modifying the chair to match the 17×15″ seat pad and/or the height of the chair backs, you’ll need to have to make those same adjustments to the fabric pattern. Due to the fact I am not a lot of a seamstress, I’m also not quite great at explaining how to sew this with each other. I’ll let Ana take over with her tutorial. She describes it so considerably far better than I can.

The hardest component about the sewing was trying to make certain my stripes all matched up. I accidentally place one together wrong and sat with the seam ripper for quite some time undoing that mistake. If you would like these to be a lot more of a slip cover, you can simply just sew a hem on the bottom. What ever suits your fancy:) Just make sure that you nevertheless do the whipstitch to finish the side seams.

I utilized a entire lot of staples to secure the fabric to the bottom of the seat and then trimmed off the excess fabric.

Use a whipstitch technique to sew an invisible seam on the sides to finish off the seam attaching the seat bottom to the back.

After all of the sewing is completed, use two 1/2″ pocket screws to attach the base of the chair to the seat. Before we let one particular of the kids even touch 1 of them, we sprayed them with scotch guard to shield them from drips and stains.

I was so happy with how these turned out. I liked the truth that we could stain them specifically the very same colour as our table and we save a ton of funds.

They are super sturdy chairs and so far we haven’t had a stain but! Of course, that is most likely simply because I make my boys sit on the bench)