Dining chairs, office chairs, arm chairs — chairs are the most basic, useful piece of furniture. But you don’t have to settle for basic when it comes to your seating. We’ve rounded up plenty of ideas to bring your old, tired chairs back to life. Check out these 25 ways to update a chair and get inspired to tackle your own seat.
Wrap Your Chair in Paper
Grab some ModPodge or other art glue and paper to cover your chair. Reinvent your chair with:
- colorful vintage maps
- comic books
- origami paper
- wrapping paper
- book pages
- magazine cutouts
- children’s book illustrations
- botanical book illustrations
Grab a Brush and some Paint
Wield a can of spray paint or use extra paint leftover from a craft project and go to town on your favorite seat. We found a great DIY on priming and painting.
Instead of committing to the whole chair, mark off the legs with painter’s tape and just spray paint the bottom.
If you’re looking for something more eye-catching, then paint an old school chair with a sleek line design.
You could also fade one hue into another with an ombre chair DIY.
Bring on the Hardware
Use studs to jazz up a new seat.
Add door knockers or handles to the back of chairs for a handy, cool statement. Houzz list some budget-friendly options.
Dress Your Seat in Fabric
Piece together scraps of fabric and sew a design onto the back of a cushioned chair. For a sewing-free option, use strong textile glue to wrap a chair in your favorite patterns.
Cover an ugly chair in a white slipcover then use fabric markers to draw Dalmatian spots.
Update an old cane chair with a few colors of yarn and create a cross-stitch pattern.
Tie on Leather to Your Throne
Build a new seat from old belts with this DIY belted chair from Apartment Therapy.
Think Outside the Seat
Made from an old dining chair, this swing is an almost too-perfect spot for reading. Here’s how to make your own.
Group three chairs of the same height to make a bench.
Chop off the legs of your chair and create a feeding station for your pets.
Your favorite seat doesn’t have to remain stagnant. Convert a regular chair into a rocking chair.
Make a classy picture frame with the backing of a beat-up chair.