A big part of homesteading is learning how to recycle and reuse items that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Today we are going to recover a swivel desk chair that is still functional, but beginning to shed its fake leather skin all over the office floor.
After taking the chair apart, we evaluated the job ahead. Neither of us is experienced in re-upholstery, but we thought we could figure it out well enough to serve our purpose.
We got a great deal on some clearance upholstery fabric at the fabric store in town. First, we pinned the fabric, inside out around the back of the chair, sort of making a big pillow case.
After sewing around the form using the pins as a guide, we trimmed the excess and turned the pillow case right side out. It fit perfectly on the chair back. We will deal with the opening at the bottom later.
Now for the seat, which we stapled to the bottom, just as the old material had been attached. Some folding around the corners was a bit of a challenge.... A trim of the excess fabric being careful to leave the holes to reattach the base uncovered...
And the seat was finished.
The arms were done the same way as the seat. These had been re-covered once previously, so the old material and staples were first removed. The new material was stapled to the arms, and trimmed.
Finally, the seat back is sewn by hand to close up the bottom opening.
The chair is then reassembled.
This was a great way to spend a rainy afternoon. We managed to save some money, reduce some waste, and even learned that we could easily accomplish a new skill. Of course having a sewing machine and proper tools helped a lot, but you could do this by hand if you needed to.