My $20 Office Chair Makeover

My $20 Office Chair Makeover | A Mother Thing
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  1. Jill Adler says:

    I don’t like the fabric choice (not my style) but i do really like the idea of covering the shredded leather up. I;ve got an office chair that’s looking pretty sorry. Thanks for the inspiration!
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  2. Glenda says:

    I have an office chair that I’ve been collecting ideas for, but also I’ve had cold feet! My question is -How durable does the fabric need to be? This looks like regular fabric and upholstery fabric is soooooo expensive, but I don’t like to do work and then have to redo it (unless by choice of course).

    1. Katie Reed says:

      Hi Glenda,

      To be honest, the fabric I chose was super cheap, and quite thin. And so far it’s had no issues! I think the trick is to use a nice batting underneath and to secure it firmly but not too tightly. You could also choose a plain white (or whatever color) thicker fabric underneath to line it so that it has extra durability. I found some nice fabric (again at Walmart!) for about $2 a yard, and I originally intended to line mine, but it turned out not to be necessary.

      Hope that helps!

  3. Cheri Hins says:

    Very nice. I’m going to try it on my chair. Thanks for sharing

    1. Katie Reed says:

      Awesome! Let me know how it goes!

  4. Barb says:

    I’m not getting how you did the back, did you cover the back side first, and then do the front, or the other way around. And when you say you stapled ‘inside the seam’ is that similar to a ‘stich in the ditch’ form of sewing?

    This turned out great, and you’ve got me thinking about my comfy, but scratched and beat up chair, too.

    1. Katie Reed says:

      I covered the front side first, securing in the back. Then I used a piece of fabric slightly more than the size of the back. I held it upside down so the top and then stapled across the top. I then folded down the fabric so that the staples were hidden inside. Then I folded each side/bottom seam and stapled as close to the edge as possible to make it look almost like stitching. I hope that makes sense!

  5. Martha McMillian says:

    I read this as I am sitting my office, completely frustrated and wanting something new. Can you come over please? 🙂
    I really love what you did and how everything looks. I do my full time office job from home a few days a week and have to be fully functional in that aspect but also use it as a home office and craft area. Will be doing my chair and more with your ideas! Thanks

    1. Katie Reed says:

      Aw Martha. I’m glad you like it. I also work from home, so I’ve redone my whole office/craft room from scratch. It is amazing how many things you can do yourself and how much easier they turn out to be than you think. You can also find some great deals at places like Ikea or Big Lots. Even flea markets or yard sales can score you a major bargain so you can remake it into a one of a kind piece. Good luck! I’m sure you will find some amazing ways to make your space feel awesome. 🙂

  6. Debbie says:

    Popped in from Hometalk and I absolutely love how you’ve recovered your office chair. It gave me some hints on how to recover mine. The arms are faux leather which is peeling and tears up my skin….not cool! So if I’m going to recover the arms, might as well go all the way! Thanks for sharing this great tutorial.

    1. Katie Reed says:

      Oh I’ve been there! Peeling faux leather is awful, and I’ve had bad rashes from them. Lol. I hope it goes really well! I’m so happy that I took the plunge to refinish this chair! I can’t wait to attempt another one soon!

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