Pattern To Make Cover For Office Chair On Wheels – If universal chairs are not your cup of tea, then this article is for you! I’m going to share how I transformed my boring (but very comfortable) chair with a custom cover and some spray paint.
Also, be sure to check out the update below where I share how the chair is doing after two years of use.
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Last Christmas, my mother-in-law gave Ken and I matching tables and chairs. There is only one and it is broken.
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I love it because it’s so (so) comfortable and truly one of the best I’ve ever owned. This chair makes my back feel so much better!
But it’s all black and leather and I feel like it hurts to stick it on and wake up on hot days 😛
The next day I decided to do some polka dot fabric and some primer and spray paint.
My main idea was to make a hood that can be easily removed and washed as long as the fabric gets dirty there.
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I used Velcro for the back and rubber for the seat so that I can remove it later.
This chair has some wear under the arms and legs, so now it’s time to give it a little lift.
I work in the office craft room, so I’ll show you all the pieces I’m working on (I have 3 half finished projects right now)
Since every chair is different, I will give you all the general instructions if you want to update your chair.
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I used about 4 yards of outdoor cotton fabric for the cover (but you’ll need to measure the height of the back and seat – don’t worry about the width) + about 1 yard of Velcro and about 1 yard of 1/2″ elastic.
First you need to decide which surface you want to paint, in my case there are plastic parts and metal parts.
So I bought a spray primer specifically for metal and another spray primer for plastic so that each surface would be optimally coated.
To disassemble the chair you will need to use the included tools, in my case the chair was ready to assemble with an Allen key.
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I separate all the different parts so that I can spray them according to the material. Make covers for seats, backs and armrests.
The glove is the only piece I didn’t make for easy access (for washing purposes) because I don’t really have room for anything, and if I add rubber to the bottom like I’m doing with the seat, I don’t have room to wrap the back arm piece.
So I just staple the fabric so that when I need to wash it, I have to remove the staples, and after I clean it, I do the process all over again.
For the seat, I put the piece I’m wearing on the back of the fabric to shape it (do this and you’ll see the seat is closed, like this one).
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I measured 5 inches to fold from the top edge of the seat (this will be the edge of the elastic) (remember your seat is on the back).
I then made pleats at the edges and pinned them in place (you can see it’s already sewn to the back piece in the picture below) and sewed over the pleats. This provides better slabs at the bottom (due to flexibility).
After sewing the edges, you get the shape of a cup to keep on the sofa.
You will need to fold 2″ above the cup, sew and leave a small piece open for the elastic to work in. Tie a knot in the elastic to complete the seam.
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You now have a seat cover, but if your seat is like mine, you will need to drill small holes in the sides (where the screws are).
The main difference is that my chair has a notch to separate the backrest from my headrest, and that part looks a bit complicated.
So, to avoid sewing the cover to the seat, I used gorilla glue to attach one piece of Velcro to the front and another piece to the center of the fabric.
I place the fabric right side up, then adjust the sides and fold the covers (like seat cushions)
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I also sewed the pleats and velcro that I fixed in the beginning and finished with the cup again, but in this case I couldn’t use the elastic because that would open the back.
So I put the fabric on my back, but this time with the wrong side facing out (so I could see the shroud) and put the second piece of fabric on the back.
Key! Remember, your slip will easily come out of the back as long as you shape the top and not the bottom.
I taped the two pieces together, cut off the excess and then sewed them together and added a 10 inch piece of Velcro to the bottom center so I could close the sides and cover the lower back seat.
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As with the seat piece, I had to drill holes and zig zag around the screws that connect the arm pieces so they don’t wear out in the wash.
You can see in the picture below how I folded the sides and secured them with velcro on both ends (top and bottom).
I know it’s a pain to separate my clothes every time I wash them, but on the other hand, I throw them in the washing machine if they get dirty instead of cleaning them.
Even though Curly has been playing with my legs a lot and making lines under her little paws, the paint hasn’t scratched, which is great.
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Also, I’ve added an update with more pictures on the back, so keep scrolling down!
I highly recommend that they make washable covers because cleaning the areas is just a pain for me – hehe.
Ken smiled because my chair was now screaming “I Belong to Joy” but you know I think that’s cool!
I hope he accepts my suggestion to make some changes in the future =]
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Edited to add – September 12, 2013 It’s been almost 2 years since this forum was updated and there are still great people out there! I will add more pictures of the seat, especially the back, since there are so many requests. Here’s a photo of the chair a year and a half after making the cover! I’ve washed it several times and the color on the seat is still almost perfect =]
Thank you very much for your help in restoring the course. I have a few questions about the seat top, where do you attach the velcro? Above and below the head of the pillars and padded seats? I’m also curious about the lids. Did you sew them on or velcro them after you put the cover on? I’ve been wanting to make a pattern to cover my chair and do a lot of crafting and sewing, but I found your site and I really like your results! You said it very simply! I would love to see a video of this! Thanks again!
I love how he did a “fancy” with that chair to bring the chair and the path together beautifully. thanks for sharing. Like many things we own, our sewing chairs or office chairs often look ugly, but are still very functional. Most chairs are very easy to make with a simple sofa cover – just a seat and a back. Even if your chair has arms and legs, you can make a flexible seat cover to keep it securely in place. I made my cover using edge stitching for a thick muslin backing, but of course you could do this with any yard of fabric you have without sewing the ribbon!
For each overlay, you’ll need a piece of fabric that’s large enough to cover the top and back of your chair or chair, and is 10 to 12 inches wide and 12 inches long. (I chose a white cotton jean for my lining because it’s strong). Thread, elastic, newspaper or other large paper to make a pattern.
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Place a piece of newspaper on the cushion of the chair you want to cover.