Saturday, March 29, 2014
Andrea's Easy Tutorial For Refurbishing A Swivel Office Chair
This is is a super easy, afternoon project that I think has a great result.
I got the swivel chair from a site called 'free cycle'. A group of civic minded people got together to set the site up so that people can post items on there that they no longer want and others can reply to their posts to accept them. No money changes hands; posters are left with the satisfaction that their stuff will find a new home and not go into landfill. They also don't have the hassle of actually taking it to their local dump. Everyone wins! I noticed the chair on the site a few months before posting to get it and, like everyone else obviously, I thought - what can I do with it? Then I came across a 'how to refurbish a swivel chair' pin on Pinterest and thought I'd give it a go. I've included it here as the how to on Pinterest didn't have information about how to cover the backrest of the chair. As I found this tricky I thought I'd outline one which includes this here.
Unscrew the plastic base of your swivel chair being careful to make a note of what screws go where.
Slide the pole which holds the back rest in place out of the main fixing. Then wiggle and slide the concatina piece of plastic to make your future work easier. Then take a screw driver between the plastic backing and the fabric padding. You may, as I wasn't, be able to remove the plastic backing as with the chair seat. The pole which holds the back rest is also screwed into this part, but as you can't separate the plastic backing you can't get to these screws. Therefore just use the gap created with the screw driver to remove the material.
Apply the seat cover first. Iron the fabric then take some heavy duty fabric spray and spray over the middle area of the material, approximately the area of the seat. Place the material onto the seat pad, smoothing the fabric in place. On the reverse side of the seat staple the material in place. The glue spray will help in keeping the material tight. Once finished take the plastic backing and screw it back in place.
Either by hand or machine sew round the outside of the seat back material with large, running stitches. Once finished iron the material.
Spray the material with heavy duty spray again and place it on the back rest. Pull the running stitch to gather the material then, prising the back rest from the plastic with a screwdriver, push it between the back rest and pad. Keep doing this until all the material is in position; the plastic backing will keep it in place when it snaps back.
Put the chair back together!
For more great furniture tutorials visit Bacon Time contributor Andrea at Mrs Domestic Bliss.