So you’ve either just bought a fixer upper table like I did, or you need a new change of pace on your current dining set. The easiest way to spruce up a boring table is to recover your cushions! While this task might seem daunting, I promise you that you can finish 6 chairs in an after noon with a trip to Joann’s and some muscle.
Now, this is the second time I’ve recovered these chairs, so the second time I busted them out pretty quickly. But once you see how to do one, you can do them all relatively quickly. For this project I laid out 4 sheets of fabric and 4 cushions in front of me to motivate me to knock them out in one go.
As you can see, I trimmed the previous cushions up pretty well whereas I left the new cushions a little bit unruly. Unless you’re my cat, you’re not going to be looking under my dining chairs for any reason so it’s up to your discretion whether to trim the fabric or not. I found that when I screwed the cushions back in, the fabric ended up getting tucked away a little bit, so it worked out perfectly to just leave them alone.
So how did I do it?
Here’s what you’ll need:
*The number of chairs of you have will determine how much fabric you will need. I found online when doing my research that 6 chairs will take about 2 1/2 yards of 54″ fabric. I ended up ordering 3 yards of fabric from Amazon and it left me with a little under a yard of fabric extra. Based on this calculation, it would be a little under 1/2 a yard of fabric per chair.
- Fabric of your choice (Use above information as a guide as to how much fabric you will need. I used about 2 yards.) *If you ask the store you purchase from, they’ll pre-cut them into squares for you.*
- Staple Gun & Staples
- Phillips Head Screwdriver
- Flip your dining chair over and unscrew the cushions. Make sure not to lose your screws!
- Lay down your fabric square with the design side down, and put your cushion fabric side down in the middle of the square. Depending on what pattern you purchased be careful which way you put the cushion down so the patterns will go in the same direction.
- Sit on the cushion to create tension and pull the fabric taut on one side.
- With your staple gun, staple about 2 inches apart on the hard side of the cushion. Try not to be too close to the edge or you might see the staples on the other side of
- For the corners, either create a fold, or put the corners in tight to prevent bunching.
- Repeat these steps for the remaining cushions.
- Screw the cushions back into your chairs.
- Voila! Enjoy your new dining table. 🙂