An easy way to replace boring, old fabric on a home office chair. Plus, links to websites dedicated to inspiring and helping do-it-yourselfers on home projects.

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I bought some inexpensive office chairs at Ikea recently. The solid red upholstery was looking a bit boring. I decided to revamp the chairs by re-covering the seat and seat back with some lovely crewel fabric that I had purchased a few years back at a flea market. I thought the large pattern and texture would work well for this project.


1 office chair with snap-out back and seat


Staple gun and 3/8-inch staples


Pretty upholstery-weight fabric, about 1 ¼ yards, enough to cover the back and the seat of your chair plus a few extra inches all the way around.


Unscrew the seat and seat back from the chair.

Lay the fabric right side down on a flat surface. Lay the seat on top of the fabric (center your pattern if necessary).

Using a staple gun, staple the top in the center, then the bottom in the center. Keep working on opposite sides like this all the way around.

The corners can be a little tricky. Gather the corner slightly as you work. Use extra staples to get the corners nice and tight.

Trim the fabric within ½ inch all the way around.

Repeat this technique for the chair back, gathering the corners slightly and then stapling as you work your way around the seat back.

Reinsert the back piece and the seat to its plastic frame and reattach the hardware.

Ta dah! You have a new chair!

Your work space should be a reflection of you and your personal style. Choosing a big, bold modern print, a pretty vintage remnant or even an old burlap flour sack makes your chair unique. I have a habit of buying beautiful fabrics when I see them and not when I “need” them. This way I always have something on hand when an idea or moment of creativity arises.

Have fun and make your home or work space an inspiring place to create.

Dena Fishbein is the designer and artist behind many home, gift and paper products found in stores. To ask her how to embellish anything, visit her blog at