Goodwill Hunting Desk Chair

Don't be intimidated by the prospect of reupholstering an ugly or stained office chair with seemingly complicated mechanics.  This office chair was purchased at my FAVORITE furniture store-Goodwill, for a whopping $6.99.  I had oodles of a fabric remnant I purchased for $5.99 a yard.  This chair took approximately one yard of fabric.  I am waiting for a website adjustment to post the remainder of the pictures. 


Goodwill Hunting Desk Chair

Material:  1 yard fabric









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Anonymous on Jun 01, 2015:

So I tried to do this before I saw your blog. The back part of the chair is very different from yours it has a groove where I'm supposed to staple the fabric, I can't get the staple gun in there. Any suggestions? 

Sarah Barbee on Aug 27, 2010:

Love this! I've been looking for good ideas for desk chairs and this is super simple! I'm off this weekend to find a desk chair to recover! I already have a yummy iridescent purple velvet to cover it with!

LovelyMommaJilla on Jan 15, 2009:


ModHomeEcTeacher on Jan 15, 2009:

You could dip the fabric in ModPodge and wrap it on a knob, sculpt it and let it dry. It would be so adorable.

LovelyMommaJilla on Jan 15, 2009:

To be honest, I am thrilled! about the results of this project. I would have never thought about it, I was just going to buy a new chair.

Then, I saw this and took another look at my chair (which is actually a nice chair - metal base, sturdy wheels, and a great shape - for a task chair, that is) and at my fabric remnant bin.

The chair will look so great with my wooden roll top desk! I am considering replacing the knobs on it with knobs I cover in the fabric that is on the chair!

*squeals* Why is this SO fun?!

ModHomeEcTeacher on Jan 15, 2009:

LMJ-don't you just love it when you complete a project that makes life more comfortable and prettier?

I'm so glad you tried it. I went on a binge and collected way too many inexpensive, ugly desk chairs--all stacked up in my garage.

LovelyMommaJilla on Jan 15, 2009:

SO... using your idea, I recovered my UGLY task chair!

It sat at my desk with a throw over it to disguise the horrid blue itchy wool/felt seat and to keep my thighs from being rubbed raw!


I didn't take the old fabric off, because it actually gave the new beige floral fabric a good base.


Man o' Man, I can't wait to sit in that chair!

ModHomeEcTeacher on Apr 10, 2008:

Just finished tearing it down, removing the untied spring unit and will clean it, sand and paint and then will adapt it since it won't have springs and cover it. (I hope it lives up to the picture I'm imagining in my noggin.)

darcidoodle on Apr 10, 2008:

Ooooh, I can't WAIT to see what you do, Oh Great Talented One. I'll be checkin' back for sure!

ModHomeEcTeacher on Apr 10, 2008:

I'll be doing a "green" conversion of a chair into a desk desk chair so I'll be working right along with you.

darcidoodle on Apr 09, 2008:

Thanks for the help! I'll probably be doing this over the weekend and will let you know how it goes. ;)

ModHomeEcTeacher on Apr 09, 2008:

I would have to see it, but you can probably remove the back fabric carefully and discover how it's put together.  It's the best way to see how to put it back together.  Post pics if possible.


darcidoodle on Apr 09, 2008:

Brilliant tutorial! I have a different kind of office chair, tho. Mine has an upholstered back to it that links into the front piece. Do I just pry them apart or should I remove some part of the backing to access screws?

sparkie on Mar 08, 2008:

Thanks for all the pics!

ModHomeEcTeacher on Jan 16, 2008:

Thanks.  I spend LOTS of time doing just that.  Thought it was time to share the juicy finds.

Even right now I'm tempted to make a run to the GW to see what's new.  I'll just chew a piece of gum.

freudianslipper on Jan 16, 2008:

Wow, that is an awesome title. I wish I thought of it first!

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