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What kind of material should I use to reupholster dining room chairs?

I found some solid wood chairs at Goodwill for $3 apiece. I painted them a khaki color and I want to reupholster the seats,which are currently black vinyl (yuck). I was thinking maybe a burlap type of material in an off white or tan.

 
butterflyblue19

Asked by butterflyblue19 at 7:34 PM on Dec. 28, 2013 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • Paulie said COCK, lol
    Girl how is everything with you Bil and stuff?
    2kids2dogs2cats

    Answer by 2kids2dogs2cats at 10:03 PM on Dec. 28, 2013

  • go to the fabric store and tell them exactly what you want to do. I am a fan of heavy treated cotton. I also love linen or linen blends.

    There are some wonderful fabrics in bamboo as well.

    I would suggest Hancocks over Joanns simply because the ones I have been to seem to be more helpful and knowledgeable.
    Dardenella

    Answer by Dardenella at 8:33 PM on Dec. 28, 2013

  • I used barkcloth to cover my kitchen chairs. It's heavy duty & I can use a damp cloth with dish soap to clean them. I got a few yards on ebay. It looks similar to this, tropical with a black background & cuckatoos!


    ILovemyPaulie

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 9:38 PM on Dec. 28, 2013

  • Good, I know then I say look for some kind of suede, it will be expensive, but if you have less than 8 chairs you can get by with 3-4 yards!
    2kids2dogs2cats

    Answer by 2kids2dogs2cats at 10:45 PM on Dec. 28, 2013

  • I'd use something that is easily cleaned and wouldn't let spills soak in. Leather perhaps.
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 7:36 PM on Dec. 28, 2013

  • I agree with Bmat, something you can easily clean.....and those two colors you mentioned would look great, but not practical....
    older

    Answer by older at 8:08 PM on Dec. 28, 2013

  • a faux linen in cream
    liss05

    Answer by liss05 at 8:13 PM on Dec. 28, 2013

  • I say something you could wipe off, perhaps red leather, or some kind of really cool print from an outside table cloth. I did all of our chairs last year in an outdoor tablecoth thing I found at the dollar store. White anything cloth plus kids = having to redo it!
    2kids2dogs2cats

    Answer by 2kids2dogs2cats at 9:01 PM on Dec. 28, 2013

  • sorry, cockatoos :)
    ILovemyPaulie

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 9:39 PM on Dec. 28, 2013

  • I am a fan of using vintage upholstery fabrics for recovers.    I suggest going onto ebay and checking out upholstery fabrics.     We don't have much for spills or stains.. and you can help to minimize a problem by spraying fabric protector after getting them together.

    LeJane

    Answer by LeJane at 10:44 PM on Dec. 28, 2013