Do you have an old desk chair, worn out and just not doing the job? Have you ever wanted to make a DIY desk chair? This how-to guide will walk you through how to transform an old swivel desk chair into a desktop. You won’t believe how easy it really is!
Steps on how to Transform old Swivel Desk Chair into Desktop:
Step One: Remove the old chair’s seat. You do this by unscrewing all of the screws that hold it in place and removing any bolts, brackets or other obstructions from under the seat. Make sure to take off all pieces before moving onto step two!
Step Two: Measure how wide your desktop is so you know how wide you want the new seat to be.
Step Three: Cut out a piece of wood that is the same width as your desktop with an inch or so on each side for wiggle room. You can cut it any height you like, but make sure it’s at least two inches taller than what you need since there will be a lip on the front and back.
Step Four: Sand down each side of your wood piece so it is nice and smooth, then measure how tall you want this piece to be when completed. Cut out two pieces that height from one board using either a jigsaw or handsaw.
Step Five: Screw these two pieces together to form the back of your new desk chair. Screw them down using at least two screws on each side for sure, but add more if it feels like they are too wobbly or loose.
Step Six: Drill small holes into the sides of your wood piece where you want to connect it with a dowel rod and then screw it down.
Step Seven: Find the centre of your dowel rod and drill a hole, then screw in a bolt through both pieces to attach them securely.
Step Eight: Creating an indent with your belt sander or by hand so that it is cut out into one side of each leg will make the chair be able to swivel.
Step Nine: To make the indent, first measure how deep you want it to be and how wide on each leg. Choose how big of a cut out you would like by using either your belt sander or a jigsaw (depending on what material you are cutting).
Step Ten: You can now screw the seat onto each leg and then screw on one of your new casters.
Step Eleven: All that is left to do now, as seen in step twelve below, is drill a hole into the centre of the chair back for how you would like it to hang before attaching it with screws.
Finally, attach bungee cords to the back of how you would like it to hang before attaching them with screws. You can now enjoy your new chair and how much easier it will be for you to get up from!
How do you refurbish an old desk chair?
Step 1. First, you need to take the old desk chair apart. Carefully remove any screws or bolts that hold the arms and how it sits on the floor together. If there are staples holding things in place, use a staple remover tool for this step. You can also just cut everything off with wire snips if needed as well
Step 2. Next up is sanding down all of your new furniture pieces including both sides of each piece.
Step 3. For an extra pop of colour, paint them before assembling! I chose white because it’s easy to keep clean but feel free to do whatever paint colours you like best. The last thing left is an assembly which should be pretty straightforward at this point: assemble one side then flip it over and put the other side on.
Step 4. Finally, screw in all of your feet and you’re done! The whole process should take about an hour and will be a perfect project for any beginner woodworker who wants to know how to change a desk chair.
How do you make a slipcover for a computer chair?
If you are making a slipcover for your computer chair, then the first thing that you need to do is measure how wide and long it needs to be. You will want to make sure that the cover does not go past the front of how much space there is on how the back of how seat or over how the edge of how armrests.
Once you have measured out how large it should be, cut off any excess fabric with scissors. Next, lay down one side at a time onto some clear plastic wrap and use pins from the top layer so they don’t show when finished sewing up.
Sew as close together as possible without overlapping stitches to get rid of those unsightly bumps while also keeping things tight enough where nothing can slip through.
Next, you will want to sew a straight line down how back of how to cover so that it is even and when finished, the edges should overlap by about an inch or two on how front side of how seat.
You can now use some clear elastic to finish off how edge to keep how fabric taut enough where nothing slips out from underneath it but also loose enough for easy removal if needed.
Then pin along how the length of each armrest making sure not to have any wrinkles once sewn up as this could create a safety hazard while sitting in or getting into how chair with arms collapsed onto your desktop.
Finish sewing around both sides and cut off excess material before removing pins then fold over what’s leftover and sew how edge to create how finished armrest.