Colorfully upholstered folding chairs

Kevin Brown

Colorful Folding Chairs: Adding Comfort and Style

These folding chairs are a familiar sight in many homes. However, they lack upholstery, making them less than ideal for extended use. In this article, we’ll explore a simple yet effective way to enhance their comfort and aesthetic appeal.

Join us as we delve into the art of upholstering these versatile folding chairs.

Colorfully upholstered folding chairs

Upholstering a chair is an easy and affordable DIY project. With just one hour and $20, you can transform your chair. Here’s what you need: slatted folding chairs, fabric scraps, foam for the seat and back, Dacron, spray adhesive, stapler and staples, double welt cord or gimp, hot glue gun, scissors, and pliers (if necessary for staple removal).

Colorfully upholstered folding chairs
Colorfully upholstered folding chairs
Colorfully upholstered folding chairs

Start by choosing your fabric of choice. Measure, cut, and staple a 1’’ foam piece onto the back, starting from below the bottom nail and going up and over the top. Repeat this process with Dacron padding.

Next, cut a 1 ½’’ or 2’’ foam piece for the seat. Trim the edges and apply spray adhesive to the bottom of the seat. Press the foam firmly in place.

Cut a piece of Dacron that is long enough to cover the foam and tuck it down through the side slats to the chair’s bottom. Use a staple gun to secure the Dacron to the slats behind the front and back rails.

Colorfully upholstered folding chairs

Colorfully upholstered folding chairs

You can place the fabric on the padding and secure it with 3-4 staples at the center front and rear. Tuck the fabric through the slats at the sides and attach it on the bottom. Fold the chair and attach fabric underneath the bottom rail using staples. When finished, remove the temporary staples and secure everything neatly with staples.

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Use double welt cord or gimp and a hot glue gun to attach the trim and cover the exposed staples. You’re done!

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