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Interior Decorating

Remodeling a room can be as much of a challenge to your budget as it is to your interior decorating skills. Fortunately, even the smallest change can make a big impact. Reupholstering chair seats can go a long way toward giving your room a brand new look. The best part is that reupholstery does not have to be permanent, meaning that you can re-cover chairs again and again as your decorating style changes.

Assemble all of your materials before you start. You will need a measuring tape, screwdriver, small bowl, fabric, cotton batting, scissors, adhesive spray, staple gun and staples.

If the fabric and cushion on your chair is clean and in good condition, it`s easiest to simply cover it. If the fabric is torn and the inner cushioning is dirty or torn, you will also need to purchase upholstery foam. A thickness of 2 inches to 4 inches is preferable so that the seat cushion is soft enough to be comfortable and firm enough not to trap those who have difficulties rising from very deep chairs.

Measure the length and width of your chair seat. Add 4 inches to each measurement so that you have enough fabric to work with. If you are using upholstery foam, make sure that you add the thickness of the foam to those 4 extra inches.

Turn your chair upside down and use a screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the seat to the chair frame. Put the screws in a small bowl so that they don`t get lost. A plastic zipper bag will also work.

Place your fabric printed side down on a clean, flat work surface. Place the chair seat face down four inches from the edge of the fabric at the top and on one side. Cut the fabric out so that you have a piece of cloth that is four inches larger than your chair seat on all sides. To save time, you can use the first piece of fabric as a guide to cut out as many new seat covers as you will need.

Cut one piece of cotton batting for each piece of fabric. Make them 1 inch smaller than the fabric pieces on all sides.

Lay the fabric print side down on your work surface. Spray the fabric lightly with spray adhesive. Center one piece of cotton batting on the fabric and press it down lightly. The spray adhesive will keep the cotton batting from wrinkling and bunching when people sit on the chairs and move around, as people do.

Place the chair seat face down on the cotton batting and fabric. Pull the fabric up over the bottom of the seat and staple it in place, smoothing out any wrinkles as you go. Make sure you don`t cover the screw holes needed to reattach the chair seat to the frame.

Trim the extra fabric away and reattach the chair seat to its frame. If you aren`t sure what kind of fabric to use, you can visit a rental place such as furniturehireuk.com to test what textures and colors might look best in your home.