How To Re Cover A Chair Seat With Burlap

Brilliant burlap …It’s inexpensive and widely available, and it has an inherently interesting texture. From fabrics store yardage to vintage feed sacks, burlap wraps furniture, pillow, art, and more style.

What you’ll need to re cover a chair seat with burlap :

  • Chair with removable seat
  • Screwdriver
  • Staple remover
  • Upholstery foam ( no more than 2 inches thick), optional
  • Burlap ( about 3/4 yard depending on chair size )
  • Yardstick or clear grid ruler
  • Permanent marker
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Step 1

Turn chair upside down and remove the seat using a screwdriver. Set the screws a side.

  • Step 2

Carefully remove the old seat cover using a staple remover. If the seat foam is easily removable, remove it and cut a piece of new foam to the same size and place it on top of the seat. If the original foam is in good condition or it is difficult to remove the original fabric, you can leave it all in place, as we did here, and simply cover over it.

  • Step 3

Place the seat and the foam, facing down , on the backside of your burlap. If your burlap has a design on it,make sure the front is positioned to create the desired final look, above left. Measure and mark a line on the burlap. 2-3 inches bigger than the size of the seat base ( a ). you can always trim the burlap later, so err on the bigger side.

  • Step 4

Using fabric shears, cut along your marked line ( b ). TIP ; fabric shears typically work much better than regular crafts scissors, which can snag or have difficulty cutting through thick burlap.

  • Step 5

Starting in the middle of one side, pull up the burlap and use a staple gun to secure it in place on the underside of the seat, sandwiching the foam between the burlap and the set base. Repeat on the opposite side. Alternate sides until both are secure, with staples every inch or so, and the burlap is tight (c ). Repeat on the remaining sides . fold each corner as if you were wrapping a package and staple in place ( d ). make sure to smooth any bumps before finishing each corner.

  • Step 6

Use screws  to reattach the chair seat to the base.

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