When I arrived, the owner of the house was outside piling pieces to the already gargantuan haul of freebies on the side of the road. She ran a local antiques store that was closing, so the stockpile of inventory from her garage had to go. While the Eames lounges and Tulip chairs were destined for the store's final sidewalk sale, furniture that needed refinishing was getting tossed (into my van).
These chairs seemed like a great foundation for creating a seat to meet the needs for my studio. The scrap wood pile was plentiful that day. My other projects had reached a bit of a pause. It was sunny outside. Work began.
The tutorial is specific to the chairs I had--with a bit of tweaking, this DIY can be applied to pretty much any two chairs (even if they don't match).
Tools and Materials
Two old chairs
1/2 yard fabric
Scrap wood large enough to make seat
Sander with sandpaper
Remove Seats and Arms
After getting the seats taken off, remove the opposite arm of each chair so that if they are placed next to each other there are only arms on the outsides of the chairs . My chairs had arms that were simply screwed onto the chair seats and backs, so removing them was a breeze.
If you have one chair with arms and one without, it is easy to remove an arm and attach it to the outside of your previously armless chair to create the same functionality.
Strip and Finish
Make the Seat
Cushion, Cushion, Cushion
If your fabric has a pattern with lines like mine does, focus on keeping things straight as you upholster the cushion.
Once the whole seat is covered, flip it over and admire your work. Imagine how lovely you will feel sitting on this soon-to-be-completed bench, sipping some tea and reading on your kindle! Ah, how welcoming this seat will be to your studio guests! Think of all the crap you will inevitably pile onto the spacious seat!