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Your dining room chairs are worn, they have stains from children's spills, or maybe they don't match your d├ęcor any longer. It is time to re-upholster them, but oh it is so expensive and you really don't like the choices you have seen. Do it yourself, save time, money, and frustration.

You will need to purchase upholstery fabric. This can be more expensive than regular fabric but will last far longer, and tolerate spills and cleaning much better. You will also need foam or batting to pad your chairs. It is better to replace the padding when you reupholster rather than reusing the old padding. If your original fabric is held on with upholstery tacks you will need to get some new ones, while you could conceivably reuse them, you may find that some are damaged and not reusable.

Work with one chair at a time, it will make life much easier for you. First peel off the old material padding, staples, or upholstery tacks. Clean your chair with a good cleaner. If possible save the old material for a pattern otherwise measure and cut your material, remember to add 1 and 1/2 inches all around.

Iron your new material, folding the extra 1 1/2 inches under. If you want to use a stain repellent now is the best time to use it. Cut your padding to fit the area to be padded and lay it in place. Place your ironed material on; make sure if it is not a square that you have it in the right direction. Work from opposite corners pulling tight, and staple, or tack your material in place. Alternate corners in an X pattern.

You have finished, your chairs are reupholstered, you have saved your dining room set, and can be pleased at the results.