Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Make do and Mend - Recovered Computer Chair.

My poor computer chair!

It gets a lot of wear, and it shows.

It is still perfectly functional and it's certainly comfy enough, after all I do spend an awful lot of time sitting in it. I was therefore unwilling to even contemplate spending cash on a new one, so a little renovation seemed in order.

Way back in my early blogging days I posted  here and here about a huge Indian patchwork throw which I bought as a wall hanging, but was much too big.

Despite having used some of it to make a table runner and some to cover my dining chairs, there was still plenty left so I decided to use it to recover the chair.

First job was deconstruction. The back is held onto the seat by the arms so removal of eight screws et voila - ready to go.

I used my trusty seam ripper to remove the vinyl panel from the back of the top part of the chair then just stretched the fabric over the front and stapled with heavy duty staples to the back. I then restapled the vinyl panel back on to cover the raw edges of the new fabric. (Not sure I'm making sense here, but hey ho!)
I then recovered the seat by placing it upside down on my fabric and stretching and stapling to the underside.

Replacement of the arms secured the two halves together and ...

...one refurbished computer chair.

I have to say I absolutely love how it has turned out.

The bonus is that  the "wall hanging" is finally reduced to the size I originally envisaged, only problem is I bought it for behind our bed and it is so long ago now that we have something else there that we are quite happy with.  Now where can I hang an ethnic Indian wall hanging? Hmmm.


  1. That is one EXCELLENT refurbishment. Well done!

  2. What a gorgeous makeover! x

  3. Love it!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  4. Clever you... by the way, an 'untitled' blog post flagged up on my blog roll yesterday, but when I went to read it, although your page came up, it said that the post couldn't be found there!?

  5. Wow, what a transformation. It's great.
    Love from Mum

  6. Brilliant work! I've got computer chairs up I the kids computer room with duck tape keeping the seat together, I wish they would let me pretty theirs up too! X

  7. Oh wow you did a great job with this...I love it...I will know what to do with mine when it wears out!!

  8. This looks wonderful! I think I would have settled for a slip-cover, but yours is better than that. Such great fabric, too!
    ~ Linne

  9. Wow! You managed to turn a worn old computer chair into a beautiful old computer chair! It looks a lot less formal, which, I think, is appropriate for work spaces at home. I believe formal chairs make you feel like you're in an office so you tend to get stressed more easily.

    Fletcher Hevey @ ConcordSupplies.com


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