Marine swivel chairs are a staple in many offices and homes. With their comfortable seats, these chairs are great for sitting while working or watching TV. However, instead of just sticking with the basic fabric on the seat, how about making it unique by upholstering?
There are so many different ways to do this that we decided to compile them into an article for you! Keep reading for 11 cool ways to upholster a marine round swivel chair!
Steps on Upholstering Marine Swivel Round Chair
Step 1. Pick a fabric that matches the room’s decor and that you like. Consider how much time or effort it would be to change if you get tired of the colour, pattern, etc., as well as how expensive it is.
Step 2. Decide how deep around the chair back you want your upholstery to go: from top to bottom, from top to the seat edge, or all the way around.
Step 3. Cut out a piece of fabric that is at least one inch larger on every side than your upholstery needs to be (so if you need an 18″ x 22″ upholstery area, cut it out as 20” x 24″).
If you plan to use batting inside your chair back cushion for extra padding and cuddliness, add about two inches per side onto how big it will turn out so that there’s room for more stuffing once it’s sewn into place.
Step 4. Sewing order: Put the front piece in first with right sides together; sew across each shorter end then across both long ends before flipping it over and sewing the other short end. Repeat with the back piece on the right sides together, seaming across each shorter end and both long ends before flipping it over to sew the second side’s short edge.
Step 5. You should now have a rectangle at least one inch larger than your upholstery area on every edge; cut off any excess fabric from around the edges of your work so that it is even all around (if you left too much extra near an edge, fold it under like how we did when sewing).
Step 6. Fold batting or stuffing into rectangles that are slightly smaller than how big they need to be for how deep you want them inside – this will give you room enough for seam allowance without bulging out once you get everything put together. Sew these rectangles together and then make some more of them until you have enough to fill the whole upholstery area.
Step 7. Now, lay your fabric over how deep it needs to be combined with how much batting or stuffing you need for how deep the final product will be; pin everything down so that there are no wrinkles.
If necessary, use a ruler/straight edge as a guide along one side to keep everything straight – but don’t let yourself get too obsessed about this because even if something is off by an inch here or there, it won’t really matter later on when we cover up any rough edges!
Sewing can now begin! You’ll want to sew all-around your work at least three times before cutting away any excess fabric.
Step 8. When you are satisfied with how your stitches look, trim the batting and/or stuffing to match how deep the upholstered surface of your chair is – this will be done by just cutting a straight line parallel to where the sewing was performed. (If you’re not sure how deep it needs to be, then test-fit some strips of paper or cardboard into place before going all-in on something too long or short.)
Step 9. Place batting against the back edge of the furniture frame and staple securely. Pin down right side corners first; pull out pins from the left side as we take care of these next! Once again: make sure everything stays nice and tight while doing so; if needed for even more stability, hand-stitch the fabric to the chair frame as well.
Step 10. Staple batting down; make sure it’s all in place and that how tight you’re pulling means the padding is equally distributed from left to right, front to back!
Step 11. Pull out pins on left side corners first this time around. Pin them neatly into position: take care of one at a time rather than moving between two or three different areas simultaneously (this will help immensely with how your upholstery turns out).
Then again: staple securely, making sure everything stays nice and tight while stapling/hand sewing for extra stability if necessary.
How much does it cost to reupholster a swivel chair?
The cost to reupholster a marine round swivel chair will vary depending on how you do it. All of these upholstery projects are DIY except one, which can be done by your local professional upholsterer using supplies from any fabric store.
What type of material should I use for my project?
For many of these methods, we recommend first taking off all original pieces and then preparing the surface underneath before applying new materials. You might need something like felt or cotton batting to protect furniture surfaces during this process.
If you’re going to sew the new covers yourself, make sure that you have strong sewing skills because some people find it difficult at first!