A perfect dining room is attainable with simple updates.

How to Replace Dining Room Seat Covers

by Anna Rose Johnson

Hurried breakfasts, lazy lunches and family dinners take a toll on dining room furniture, especially the chairs. And while you may have loved those dining room chairs years ago, now they are dated, worn or stained beyond recognition. Before you protest that your pocketbook can’t handle a new dining room set, never fear -- there is absolutely no need to buy new when you can repurpose what you already have.

1. Three Different Upholstery Methods

Professional upholstery, slipcovers, and replacing the seat covers yourself are three different ways to fix your chairs, each with a different price tag. Dining chairs, especially the seats, get the brunt of spilled food, rampaging teenagers and sticky fingers, and it is important to take into account their continued wear pattern in your final decision. Think about how much money you'd like to put into fixing them up, the ages of your children, and what option will be easiest for your family. Then you'll be better able to choose an appropriate upholstery method.

2. Professional Upholstering

A professional upholsterer is the most expensive route to take when recovering dining room chairs. It's also the most convenient and the one that guarantees the best quality. Upholsterers are professionals who can replace dining room seats quickly and beautifully. You drop the chairs off, choose the new fabric and in a few days, pick up the finished product. It doesn't get any easier or more convenient than that. Some upholsters will even refinish the chair’s wood frame for an additional cost.

3. Chair Slipcover

The chair seats can be reupholstered, but if you don’t like the shape of the chairs, new fabric won’t help. A simple update like slipcovers will transform your dining room into a serene, modern space. Slipcovers are also very advantageous for those who have kids or messy eaters, as they can be taken off and washed whenever you need to. You can purchase readymade slipcovers at most big box stores or online. Alternatively, if you’re good with a sewing machine, they are easily DIY-able.

4. DIY Reupholstering

Replacing a chair’s seat cover yourself is the most cost-effective route. All you need is 1/2 yard of prewashed, home decor fabric for each chair and a staple gun. Remove the existing seat with a screwdriver or drill. Place the seat face down on a piece of fabric and measure an extra two inches of space all the way around the seat. Center the seat on your cut piece of fabric, pull the fabric taut, and staple around the edges. If using a fabric with a busy pattern, make sure to match the image repeat on each chair for a more unified look.

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