Have $15 and an old computer chair? Today is your lucky day! I am going to walk you through a surprisingly simple DIY project.
My computer chair is my blogging chair. It’s comfortable, broken in, and honestly if I’m not running it’s where my butt is 80% percent of the time. But lately it’s been looking pretty beat up and kind of gross as you can see in the above before picture. I toyed with the idea of just buying a new one. BUT the idea of having to break in a new chair wasn’t something I was looking forward to. After searching around pinterest for new office ideas. I stumbled across a desk chair makeover. Sadly it called for sewing. After looking at it though, I decided to try a completely sewing free version of a computer chair makeover.
You will need:
- Allan Wrenches
- 4-5 Yards of material (I used 100% cotton)
- A staple gun
- Lots of staples
I started by picking out my material. I went to my local Wal-Mart and found this pretty dark blue print for $2.97 a yard! Making my grand total on this makeover $14.97! I think you could use a canvas material that would be more durable but it is also much more expensive and since this was my first time out, I wasn’t committed to spending a lot on a project that might not work.
Once home I took one last look at my in shambles computer chair and got to work.
I started by taking apart the entire chair. Taking out all of the screws and taking the bottom off the spindle. After a quick cleaning job I started the upholstery.
I decided to start my upholstery job with the arms since the backside would be hidden by the arm of the chair. If I was going to mess us this was the time to get a feel for it.
Things I learned: Pull the material tightly and staple as you move around the piece. I started on the corner worked my way to the right till I met myself back on the corner I started. This seemed to be a good pattern and I used it on all the pieces.
Once finished I reattached the upholstered arm back to the computer chair arm. And did the same thing to the other arm of the chair.
The tricky part was next in trying to decide how to upholster the bottom and back of the chair. In the version I have seen on pinterest they sewed a pillow like covering and stapled at the bottom. Since my sewing machine is being fixed right now it was time to get creative!
Since the stapling around the edge had worked well on the arms. I followed that same pattern on the bottom of the chair first.
It held! At that point I decided to do the same to the back of the chair. On the back of the chair though the staples would be visible, and that would look very good. I ended up creating a pseudo cover for the back that I tacked lightly on over the entire back to cover up the staples.
All covered up!
Once everything was upholstered I simply put the chair back together! I don’t have a photo of it but you will need to cut out the material from the screw holes. Luckily for me they were easy to find since I notched out the holes as I was upholstering, so I wouldn’t lose them. What a difference a $15 makeover can make!
I’m sitting in this comfy little chair now and I’m so happy I resisted the urge to just buy a new one! This was a pretty straight forward makeover. It took me about 2 hours to complete but the look is 400% better than what the chair looked like before!
Now to create my new computer desk to go with this beautiful just like new chair and I think my office will become my new favorite room of the house!
Question of the day: Do you DIY? What’s your favorite project makeover?