Sometimes as much as I love something or want to save money and repurpose an item. There comes a time when I say to myself. Don’t waste your time! Just get rid of it!
I recently helped a friend reupholster her coffee table. That project was amazing and totally worth it.
But then she asked me if I could help her reupholster a chair. My mind instantly went to NO!
Reupholstering a chair
Here’s Why I said no…
1.) This is a time consuming project. – You would need to take all the fabric off the piece, using the existing material, create a pattern and sew it all back together.
2.) The padding needed to be replaced as the existing padding is worn and displaced.
3.) The cost involved to reupholster the project could be expensive. Replacing the fabric, padding, etc.
4.) Each stool would take about 2-3 hours of labor from start to finish.
5.) On a good day, you could probably sell the stool and get somewhere in between $10-15 for each stool for the more adventurous person that actually wanted to reupholster them.
6.) You can use that money and buy new stools. Check thrift stores, yard sales or resale sites for solid wood stools. Buy new stools such as these trendy saddle seat bar stools.
7.) You could spend your money on seat covers instead and just tweek them with your staple gun, velcro etc. to give it a tight fit.
8.) You could try using fabric upholstery paint if your padding is still in tact. I haven’t personally tried it yet, but I’m hearing great things about how well it works.
It really comes down to preference and which direction you want to go in. Like I said, this project is time consuming, the price isn’t cheap to redo and you can find other options for cheaper. But if you love the chair, if it has sentimental value and you don’t mind putting the time into it then by all means do it!