Changing The Appearance Of Your Kitchen Chairs’ Upholstery

If you have a set of kitchen chairs with vinyl-covered cushions, you most likely enjoy the ease of cleaning them should something happen to spill upon a chair's seating area. Changing the appearance of your kitchen's decor may necessitate a switch-out of the upholstery of your chairs. Here are some instructions you can follow in giving your seat cushions a brand new color or pattern by changing the vinyl material.

Materials You Will Need

  • Piece of chalk
  • New cloth to match your new decor
  • Scissors

If your upholstery is held into place with tacks you will need:

  • Hammer
  • Chisel

If your upholstery is held into place with staples you will need:

  • Screwdriver or staple remover
  • Stapler
  • Staples

Removing The Old Vinyl From Your Chairs

First, you will need to flip over a chair to look at the underside of the cushioned area. Vinyl is usually held into place with tacks or staples. Use the appropriate material list above when searching for the items you need to swap your upholstery. 

If the vinyl is tacked into place, remove the tacks by sliding the flat end of a chisel underneath each tack and use a hammer to gently dislodge it from the wood of the base. Keep the tacks in a handy location so they can be reused. If the vinyl is stapled into place, remove each staple with a staple remover. If the staples are difficult to get out in this manner, you can try wedging the flat end of a screwdriver under a staple to help pry it from the wood. Slide the vinyl away from the cushioning after the tacks or staples are removed.

Preparing The New Vinyl For Placement

After the vinyl has been removed, it can be flattened and used as a pattern to trace upon your new vinyl material. If the vinyl is extremely wrinkled, hang it from a clothesline for several hours. Place the old vinyl over a piece of new vinyl and trace it with a piece of chalk. Use scissors to cut along the chalk line.

Adding The Vinyl To The Wood Base

Check the condition of the cushioning before covering it with a new piece of vinyl. If it is worn, consider purchasing new cushions. Center a cushion on top of its wood base. Center a piece of the new vinyl over both the cushion and wood base. Flip the chair over and gather the edges of the vinyl inward toward the middle of the wood base. Use a hammer to secure tacks or staples into the edges of the vinyl so it stays in place.

For more information, contact companies like Heritage Custom Furniture.