It's one of those crazy hot days here in the midwest. We have piles of landscape rock sitting out, waiting to be raked. However, we have spent the day inside napping and watching Netflix. Sometimes it's nice to have those days even if you're son insists on watching Spiderman cartoons on a loop.
I had a few hours free an evening this week, and I tackled a project I had planned for a couple of months now. When I started working from home, I bought the most comfortable office chair I could find in town. However, those office chairs aren't exactly the most stylish. Not to mention in the summer it was sticky and in the winter it was cold.
I picked up new fabric on sale from Joann's during my office remodel (Click here for the remodel post). I honestly didn't start the project because I thought it was going to be difficult. I couldn't have been more wrong. The entire project just took a couple of distraction filled hours.
DIY Office Chair Cover
Fabric (My fabric was the extra wide upholstery fabric. I took the rest of the bolt which was around 3 yards. I used a coupon and got the fabric for relatively cheap)
Sewing Machine & Thread
Allen Wrench (or another appropriate tool to take apart your chair)
Total Cost: Approximately $25.00
1. Take Chair Apart
This is easy if you just bought the chair since it's probably already mostly taken apart. I have been using my chair for a year now, so I had to try to remember where all the screws were hidden, but eventually I got everything apart.
Since the seat is going to be stapled on the bottom side, there's no need to remove the wheel base. When I took everything apart, I had these pieces: 1 back, 2 arm rests, 2 arm rest padding (the fabric part) and the base. I took note on where all the screws came from as I took the chair apart.
2. Sew a Cover for the Back
The only piece that needs to be sewn is the pouch for the back piece. It's a relatively easy sewing job. You're simply going to measure the front, back and edge. You will leave the bottom part of the "pouch" open. Once you have the pouch done, you will need to mark where to make holes for the screws. I decided to reinforce the holes to make sure there wasn't extra wear through the fabric. Once you're done with that, hand sew the bottom shut.
The testing the size of the pouch to make sure it fits okay before taking everything apart.
Marking holes for the screws, and cutting holes for each.
You will wrap the fabric around the seat and using a staple gun, attach the fabric to the bottom of the seat. Pay special attention to the corners. You will repeat the process with the fabric on each arm rests. You will want to take a sharp set of scissors and cut holes where ever screws need to go into the fabric.
4. Put Everything Back Together
Put everything back together. You may need to use extra force since the fabric might interfere with the screw hole. However, you should still be able to get everything back together the same way. Then enjoy your new custom chair!