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How to Reupholster a Kitchen Chair

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I like to keep projects inexpensive and easy. This DIY is probably one of the easiest and most inexpensive projects that I do. It is so easy to reupholster a kitchen chair. The hardest part is picking out the fabric!

hot to Reupholster Kitchen Chair

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It should be no surprise by now that I love to change things up. If you have been a fan of the blog for any length of time, or if you’ve followed me on Instagram, then you know how much I love to swap out my decor.

Finished reupholstered chair

How to Reupholster a Kitchen Chair

Once you have your fabric picked out, take your cushions off your chair. My chair cushions consist of a piece of plywood with foam laid over it.

You can take the previous fabric off, but assuming there’s no tears that would make the finish project lumpy, I usually just leave it on.

Now is also a great time to put new foam on your chairs if they are starting to get flat. To put new foam on, you will have to take all the old fabric off, and the old foam, then cut the new foam to fit on the plywood.

Foam for chair

Lay the cushion upside down on your fabric. You’ll want to trim your fabric with lots of overhang.

Then take a staple gun and pull the fabric over the plywood backing and staple it into place. I do the straight pieces before working on the corners.

Staple gun on chair seat

The corners can be tricky, but all you need to do is make sure that the fabric is tight and not puckering. You can watch the video below. I used the exact same technique on my kitchen benches as I used on the chairs.

Once the new fabric is stapled on, you can cut off any excess and then screw the cushion back onto your chair. That’s it!

If you want something that is removable, I suggest making chair covers to go over your cushions. This way you can take them off and throw them in the wash.

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How to Reupholster a Kitchen Chair

How to Reupholster a Kitchen Chair

It's so easy and fun to reupholster your old kitchen chairs!

Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy


  1. Take the cushions off your kitchen chairs. My cushions were held on by a few screws.
  2. Lay your fabric out on the floor and place your cushion, plywood side up on top of the fabric.
  3. Cut your fabric to size, leaving enough fabric to pull over the back.
  4. Pull your fabric over the back and staple in place onto the plywood.
  5. Once done, you can trim any excess fabric and then attach the cushions back onto the chairs.


It's easiest if you do the straight sides first and then do the corners. You'll just need to make sure the fabric is pulled tight before you staple it down.

How to Reupholster Kitchen Chairs before and after pictures

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