Recovering my Office Chair

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I have had this chair for a long time…can you tell?!

I have thought about buying a new one but it really wasn’t a priority.  Then I got the idea to recover it…duh!  Why didn’t I think of that before??

I got out my drill and took the chair’s back and seat off.  It was only a matter of 6 screws all together.
Once I got them off I just measured my material to fit them and then used my staple gun to attach it to the seat and back.

Make sure you do both ends or sides first and then do the in-between so your material is even.

It looks like a new chair!  I put it in my new sewing space.


How To Recover an Office Chair


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  1. Very cute chair makeover! I'm looking out for a vintage office chair that I can recover at the moment actually. It's a shame modern chairs are always so boring in black isn't it? :)

  2. I love that material. Your chair looks great.

  3. Holy Cow what a huge difference! It looks great – by the way, I love your sewing table/storage idea

  4. Very pretty!

  5. Lovely, I've been thinking about recovering our computer chairs (there was an unfortunate incident with cheetos…) but we have no nail gun. Perhaps I shall hint to my valentine that true love means getting me a nail gun and ducking… 😀

  6. Looks fabulous!

  7. That is SO cute! I want to make cushions for my chairs in the office – it will be a shared space soon – half nursery and half office so I would love to have the cushions match her crib bumper and blanket I am making!

  8. Beautiful!

  9. Thanks for sharing this, I was just thinking about doing mine but didn't know how to go about it, now I do:)
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  10. Really nice! I recovered my drafting stools (similar style – just taller) with regular chair covers from Target. The fabric drapes down adding a feminine touch. But……..I think I like yours much better and might be getting the staple gun out soon! lol

  11. Wow! You did an amazing job! The chair looks almost new! I love the fabric you chose! Angie xo

  12. Carrie– This is fabulous. I'm totally kicking myself for walking past a similar office chair at Goodwill the other day…if only I could have seen the beauty it could have been. Thanks so much for posting…I'll be keeping my eyes peeled now! Would be delighted for you to link up with us at Mop It Up Mondays (going on through Friday):

  13. So cute!! I love the black and white fabric. This gives me hope for my crappy office chair!

  14. Carrie, it’s adorable! I love it with the black & white print fabric! Great job!
    PS If you can share at my place today, I would love it!

  15. You did a marvelous job!

  16. That turned out great and who would have thought it would be so easy????!!!

  17. I just love that fabric! Who knew it was so easy to recover an office chair. What a difference. I am a new Twitter follower visiting from Thirty Handmade Days. Vicky from Mess For Less

  18. I have done 2 chairs….take a look at my process….I am much lazier than you are!
    Here is the firstL
    and the second:

    I love your fabric! Have a great weekend

  19. wow!!! amazing! I should buy one at a garage sale because I see them often :) new visitor….love your blog!

  20. I ablsolutely LOVE your fabric! Thanks for sharing with us on Six Sister’s link party! We would love for you to share more wonderful ideas with us next week!
    – Six Sister’s Stuff

  21. So awesome! I recovered my office chair too (in a blue damask very similar to yours), except I used elastic so I could remove and wash the cover.

  22. You did a great job with it! We just got hubby a new chair. His problem was wheels falling off though. New upholstery probably wouldn't have helped.:(

  23. So Cute! I'd be the envy of the office if I had a chair like that! Thanks for linking up at DIY Thrifty Thursday on You've been featured! Stop by and grab an "I was featured" button and link up any other wonderful ideas you have for us this week! :)

    Michelle Thrifty 101

  24. I love the fabric! Way to save that chair. Gave you a feature! Come grab a button!

  25. Awesome! I recovered my desk chair at school. Five boring years of the same boring chair. I linked your tutorial to my site: Thanks for the great inspiration. I love my new chair.

  26. Your chair looks great! I re-covered an Ikea “last chance” chair a few years ago. The material I chose is a little slick, though, and I have to be careful not to slide off of it if I have to bend down to pick something up!

  27. All things undergo at their depreciation time. Whatever your problem is, it has always a solution. When you want to stay with the same chair, you can just simply change the wheel caster itself. In most cases, the task requires nothing more than loosening one or two screws, removing the damaged caster, and sliding a new caster into place.

  28. That was a very excellent transformation you did on your beloved chair. It looked like it was ready to fly to the scrap area, but a simple revamped with a lovely fabric made it new once again. I like how it turned out.

    Office Chairs For Less

  29. I LOVE this chair re-do! I have one I’ve been thinking of recovering and haven’t quite made the step yet. I’m a little stuck on fabric since I’m not much of a crafter. Did you use upholstery fabric? Did you buy it at JoAnn’s or where? How much did you need? I looked at upholstery fabric for the chair I’m thinking of and it was so intimidating with those enormous rolls of fabric, the whole idea froze in my fear. :)

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