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Repadding the dining room chairs
August 9, 2013
11:56 pm
Bel Air Maryland
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After nearly 35 years the dining room chairs had become a disgrace. They were too good to throw away and too bad to use.

The seats are attached to the chair by four screws. Remove those screws and the seat come off. There is a dust cover stapled to the bottom that covers the staples that secure the top. I started at the narrow side of the seat and removed the staples from the dust cover along the back and both sides up to the front. I did the same with the staples that held the fabric that provided the seat. I was careful to keep the front intact. Inside I found a thick layer of cotton batting under the seat fabric and covering a badly deteriorated layer of foam rubber. I was careful to remove the foam while keeping the batting intact.  Next I found a layer of coarse fabric covering several strips of webbing that had stretched and failed in every way. The coarse fabric and the webbing were removed and replaced with material from the local fabric store. Then a new piece of foam was laid in place of the old and the batting was smoothed over the foam and then the cover fabric was pulled and stretched until I could staple the fabric back into place as it had been. It took about 2 hours per chair and the material cost was about 12 dollars per chair. I only did one at a time because they are matched to the chairs.

August 10, 2013
7:42 am
Eastern Maine
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Wow, Ross, good job! Did you use the original cover fabric or put on new?

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August 10, 2013
10:15 am
Bel Air Maryland
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I was able to use the original cover but if I outlive this fabric I can just replace the seat fabric. A yard and a half of 54 inch or wider fabric will do all four.

August 12, 2013
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Once you see how easy it is to recover your chairs, you will be amazed how often you will want to.

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August 17, 2013
3:25 pm
N.E. Ohio
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It’s always nice to freshen your furniture with new covers, and if for some reason you have vintage fabric which you don’t want to disturb due to the value as an antique, you can protect that by covering it with fabric so you have the best of both worlds!

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August 17, 2013
3:35 pm
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Yep.  Recovering dining chair seats is probably the easiest upholstery job there is!  The dust cover isn’t even necessary, but a nice touch to add.  Any cheap interfacing fabric will do.  Some folks even used to use brown paper bags!

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