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How to recover basic Global steel stacking chairs
We use those standard "global" stainless steel stacking chairs in our dinning room and they were different colors and starting to wear out.
Happen to see this decent size piece of leopard skin pattern light weight upholstery cloth that was left over from someone's project at a yard sale. It was marked 50 cents and I knew exactly what this would be perfect for. Best thing was I was able to do two chairs!
Before starting this project I had searched all over the internet looking for what others had done and couldn't really find any information on it.
I know this is very easy, but I was surprised no one had ever documented it.

Posted by Ozzy's wife. from South Huron, Ontario, Canada • Published See Ozzy's wife.'s 4 projects »
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  • How to make a chair. Recover/Reupholster Global Stacking Stainless Steel Chairs - Step 1
    Step 1

    These chairs have four screws in two stainless steel bans so it is very easy to take off the back of the chair and Use the cushion for a template. I love to use the salvage. So I folded the fabric to cover after I determined how long to have this to completely cover it.
    I have sewn the one side shut.
    You don't want a seam on the top of the chair and the side seams will be hidden. the bottom seam you will whip stitch close by hand

  • How to make a chair. Recover/Reupholster Global Stacking Stainless Steel Chairs - Step 2
    Step 2

    Now I pinned down the other side so I could determine where I was going to sew the second side seam for the other side

  • How to make a chair. Recover/Reupholster Global Stacking Stainless Steel Chairs - Step 3
    Step 3

    I have cut off the extra fabric out side of the pins allowing a good seam allowance

  • How to make a chair. Recover/Reupholster Global Stacking Stainless Steel Chairs - Step 4
    Step 4

    and also cut off the fabric on the bottom open part of this pocket with more than enough to be able to hand sew this bottom up

  • How to make a chair. Recover/Reupholster Global Stacking Stainless Steel Chairs - Step 5
    Step 5

    carefully pull out the back of the chair cushion out of the pocket you have made,

  • How to make a chair. Recover/Reupholster Global Stacking Stainless Steel Chairs - Step 6
    Step 6

    Sew a straight seem on the side you have pinned. Now if you are concerned about how well this will turn out you could strip this back over the chair backing to check it out.
    I just went ahead and zigzagged the material edges and then straight stitched the seam allowance back down so that it would stay flat when I would turn it right side out and then try to fit it over the backing.

  • How to make a chair. Recover/Reupholster Global Stacking Stainless Steel Chairs - Step 7
    Step 7

    now turning it right side out you will work this cover over the original seat back keeping the open part pulled down to the bottom of this so that their is no seam on the top.

  • How to make a chair. Recover/Reupholster Global Stacking Stainless Steel Chairs - Step 8
    Step 8

    Hand stitch this open bottom closed so that you do not see the salvage or the raw edge of the fabric.

  • How to make a chair. Recover/Reupholster Global Stacking Stainless Steel Chairs - Step 9
    Step 9

    You will need to feel for the original holes where the screws were holding the back on the steel bars with screws.

  • How to make a chair. Recover/Reupholster Global Stacking Stainless Steel Chairs - Step 10
    Step 10

    Now for the bottom. I suggest you write "front" and "back" on the bottom but it will be obvious also when you go to reassemble the chair again.
    Unscrew the four screws to remove the seat bottom from the chair.

  • How to make a chair. Recover/Reupholster Global Stacking Stainless Steel Chairs - Step 11
    Step 11

    Figure out your pattern placement and lay the cloth pattern side down, and the top of the seat down on top of the fabric.
    Start stapling the fabric in place, making sure you have enough to cover and secure on all sides.

  • How to make a chair. Recover/Reupholster Global Stacking Stainless Steel Chairs - Step 12
    Step 12

    Work your way around making sure the fabric is not pulling crooked and that there is always enough on each side to cover.
    Fold the corners in and staple. I know there are proper professional ways to make sure this type of corners should be done so make sure you are happy with your look by googling helps on this point.

  • How to make a chair. Recover/Reupholster Global Stacking Stainless Steel Chairs - Step 13
    Step 13

    I kept the fabric in the shape that it was left over as and did not square up the edges on the bottom. However what I had done was zigzag my edges and then turn them over. It will depend upon your fabric and how it might fray out. This way I felt the staples would not pull through the fabric.

  • How to make a chair. Recover/Reupholster Global Stacking Stainless Steel Chairs - Step 14
    Step 14

    These screw holes are not covered up this time so it is easy to reattach the bottom. You will know that you have it on the wrong way if the seat at the front sticks out a lot farther than the black plastic plugs :)
    This looks so much better

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