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5 Ideas to Cover an Office Chair

5 Ideas to Cover an Office Chair

If you often find yourself using the same damaged and worn down office chair every time you get to work, I presume things aren’t very fun.

Fortunately, there’s a way to make your office chair look almost new and protect it from further damage. And you can do all these without spending tons of money.

You can just cover your office chair!

A nice office chair livens up your workspace and even improves your focus and productivity.

Doesn’t that sound good?

Here are some office chair cover ideas that can help:

Use a slip-cover

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Using a slipcover is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your boring office chair and protect it from wearing down.

A slipcover is a  lightweight, often stretchable, cloth fitted over a chair or a sofa. They are easy to remove and put on, which is great if you plan to cycle over different slipcovers for your office chair.

You can easily buy them online. They are quite inexpensive, so if you wish to, you can buy multiple types for every season.

When you purchase a slipcover, make sure that you’re buying the right design for your chair type. Measure your chair dimensions, especially on the areas where the slipcover will fit.

You can also make your own slipcover if you like sewing or crafts.

If you do this, it’s better if your office chair doesn’t have arms. This makes it easier to make the customized slipcover because the shape is simpler. You won’t have to worry much about the exact measurements.

This DIY office chair slipcover tutorial can help you get started.

Reupholster with fabric

Reupholstering is the process of changing the upholster or the cover of furniture with a new or different fabric.

So if you have plenty of patterned fabric lying around, consider using them to reupholster your office chair. Depending on the fabric you use, you may end up with a quirky-looking office chair, an elegant-looking one, or something in between.

What’s great about reupholstering with patterned fabric is that you can mix and match. Instead of using only one type, you can use fabrics with different patterns to add a new dimension to your office chair.

Just a caveat – reupholstering requires dedicated work and lots of patience.

You’ll have to take apart your chair to separate the cushion from its metal parts. You’ll also have to pry off the old cover (if you want) before you can wrap your patterned fabric to the cushion. And once all that is done, you’ll have to reassemble your office chair.

Again, it takes a lot of work.

However, the resulting look of your newly-upholstered office chair will be worth it.

Here’s a video that can help you in reupholstering your chair.

How to Reupholster an Office Chair

Do a decoupage

If you want to add an artistic flair to your office chair while keeping it protected and without squeezing out much of your creative juices, then decoupage is the answer.

Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing pieces of paper or fabric on its surface. This results in a sort of painted-on look without the use of any paint.

The process is pretty much straightforward.

Just cut your desired colored paper or fabric and paste them on your chosen object. In this case, that object is a plastic office chair. You can’t use office chairs with foam since we need a smooth surface to work on.

In decoupaging office chairs, it’s better to use fabric instead of paper for long-lasting and ideal results. Cotton fabrics, in particular, tend to stick better to the surface as compared to other fabrics. You get a smoother finish.

After you’re finished pasting the fabric and are satisfied with its look, don’t forget to seal the glue on. Apply an even layer of lacquer or varnish all over the decoupaged surface.

Check this DIY tutorial for decoupaged office chair.

Paint your chair

Painting is a fun way to cover worn-out parts in your chair and bring it back to life. This is especially true if you’re someone who enjoys doing arts and crafts.

There are many ways to go about doing this.

The first way is to just paint the metal parts of your chair. You can accent these parts with bold metallic or pastel colors.

The second way is to paint the cushion or the area where you sit. Leather office chairs are often easier to paint because the surface is smoother. But even if your chair doesn’t have leather coverings, it’s still possible to paint them using spray paint or textile paint.

The third way is to paint both parts. If you have a specific look that you want to achieve, then feel free to paint your whole office chair.

You also have the option of just painting details to your chair if painting overall isn’t your cup of tea.

Whichever method you choose, make sure to use the right kind of paint for the surface you’re painting on. Spray paint is often a go-to for this.

You also have to coat your paint with a paint sealer for added protection.

You can watch this tutorial from Craft Room DIY for reference.

Craft Room DIY - Office Chair Makeover 2

Decorate with scarf

If you’re not too keen on putting on a lot of work to cover your office chair, then you can drape a scarf on it.

Tie the loose ends in a bow or a crisscross pattern, and voila! You now have a quaint-looking office chair.

Aside from scarves, you can also use muslin, turban, sheets, or cute rugs! Depending on the design of your office chair, pillow covers also work.

This method is best for office chairs with full-back instead since it’s easier to tie the sheet over it.

You can follow this tutorial on how to tie a chair sash using the flip-tie method. The tutorial uses a normal chair, but you can easily replicate it with your office chair.

Chair Sash Tutorial, Flip Tie Method- Easy and Beautiful

Final Thoughts

There are many ways to cover an office chair, and a lot of these ideas can bring an exciting change to your workspace while protecting your office chair from damage.

I prefer painting because I can add tiny details wherever I want and cover up any signs of damage.

Of course, some of you may prefer to reupholster, do decoupage, or something else. Whatever your preference, I hope you have a fun time bringing these cover chair ideas to life.

If you have other office chair ideas, feel free to share them below.