After some time, even the best armchairs start to look worn out and old, and in general, they start to get a little bit shabby around the edges. This is when the exciting process of spending your weekends going to various furniture stores located in drab-looking retail parks begins.
However, this does not have to be the case; you do not have to get rid of a chair that is perfectly comfortable simply because, from an aesthetic standpoint, it is no longer acceptable. It is time to think about your wallet in addition to the environment before you go out and spend a bunch of cash!
Why not repurpose the chair into something that will be more useful to you in your current life situation rather than throwing it away and buying a new one?
By the time you’ve finished reading this article, you will be able to transform an old armchair into something that is not only one of a kind but also useful for your home. Not only will it save you money, but those who have even a passing interest in do-it-yourself projects will find that this is an excellent project to tackle.
What do you require exactly?
An outdated armchair that desperately needs to be reupholstered.
A few fundamental instruments (depending on the path you decide to take).
Clamps made of wood glue (if necessary)
You are not required to make use of all of these, but if you do make use of the most fundamental ones, you will have a better chance of achieving a successful transformation!
The first thing that you need to take into consideration is the state that your chair is most likely to be in. When you have completed this evaluation, selecting a path to follow will be much simpler.
Taking off some or all of the fabric that covers the chair and then re-covering it with new material is a good option to consider in the event that the chair is in relatively good condition (that is, it is not too worn). You’ll end up with a chair that looks brand new without having to spend any money on new fabric if you do it this way.
It is possible for you to complete this task on your own without the assistance of a professional, even if the only upholstery tool you own is a staple gun. When you are attaching the new fabric, be very careful not to nick the metal or wood framework while you are stapling it on. It is recommended that you seek assistance from another person if at all possible; however, if you must complete the task on your own, you should not be concerned as long as you take your time and exercise caution.
If you aren’t sure how to do this, a simple Google search will yield plenty of results on how to reupholster a chair; just look for the type of chair (i.e., office chair), followed by instructions on how to cover it with fabric. If you aren’t sure how to do this, a simple Google search will yield plenty of results on how to reupholster a chair. You can also find videos on the internet that can be of assistance to you.
Alternately, there is no need to worry if the material is torn or badly worn [some examples will be shown at the end], as covering it would make the chair look worse than it did before. In this instance, you should follow the upholstery tutorial that was presented earlier; however, instead of using the fabric that was originally employed, you should use something that is fresh and exciting!
Give your armchair a good shake once you have fastened all of the staples in place to ensure that everything is properly aligned and does not have any loose parts.
If you want to give the chair a new coat of paint, now would be the perfect time to do it! It is recommended that you wait approximately twenty-four hours after applying paint for it to be completely dry. If this is the case, then you should apply the paint or other finish of your choice in accordance with the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
You should give the armchair one more shake once it is dry because you can never be too careful. If you aren’t happy with the way the fabric, paint, or whatever else is positioned, this is probably your best opportunity to adjust it before you put on whatever other kind of decoration you have in mind!
The third step is:
Which step comes after this one will be determined by the end result that you are going for in terms of appearance. Any recommendation that is made here, however, should be considered in light of the fact that all possible paths in total will require some form of upholstering work.
If you want to keep using the original fabric that was used or if it is still in good condition but you just prefer the way it looks, then that is fantastic! If this is not the case, now would be a good time to try something different. Finding an appropriate color match for the fabric/paint/etc. that you have chosen can be done in the most straightforward manner by visiting the home improvement store in your neighborhood or going online.
Alternately, if the thought of doing so seems too mundane for your tastes, why not try your hand at upcycling the armchair into something entirely different? It’s likely that a bedside table is the first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think of maximizing the storage space next to their bed. To accomplish this, you can either construct a new frame to support the armchair, or you can simply attach new legs to the chair.
The final step, which involves attaching any new decorations, is arguably more important than all of the steps that came before it. Your armchair will go from looking like it has been spruced up to looking entirely different as a result of this. To reiterate, there are many different ways that you can get to this location. If, for instance, you have painted your armchair a bright pink color, then what could possibly be a more suitable way to complement it than by affixing some nice bright green buttons to it? If, on the other hand, you have recently reupholstered with a dark red fabric, black buttons would be another good option; if you want to go for a more luxurious look, however, gold buttons would be a better choice.
If you want, you can also replace the buttons with brand new ones, and not just change the color of them; you can also change their size and design. Keep in mind that armchairs of this kind frequently have as many as six of these, so it is always best to reduce the number just enough to complement the armchair that you select.
Congratulations on completing this upcycle project involving armchairs all by yourself! Armchairs are heavy pieces of furniture, and you would need a lot of strength to carry one by yourself, so if you did get someone else to help, then that person should probably also be recognized for the assistance that they provided; after all, armchairs are heavy pieces of furniture. A simple “thank you” card or flowers (or maybe a bouquet of armchairs?) should be adequate as a gesture of appreciation.
You should also keep in mind that armchairs that have been repurposed in this way also make wonderful additions to the homes of other people. In fact, you could even sell armchairs that have been repurposed in this manner because they are sure to garner a lot of interest. If you go through with this plan, it is in your best interest to determine the value of your armchair in advance and to give some thought to including a “sold as seen” disclaimer on the armchair itself. Happy upcycling!