How to Cover a Seat Cushion With Drop Cloth

My husband and I lived in a small apartment in Columbia, Missouri during our first year of marriage. While living there, I would frequent the dumpsters in search of furniture. That sounds a little odd, but perfectly good pieces would often be left behind as people moved in and out of the complex! I was able to find a few scores during that year, including this wicker-back chair.

Unfortunately, I did not take any ‘before’ pictures, so I can’t show you what it originally looked like, but I’ll describe it to you.

The wood was stained very dark and was pretty scuffed up. The cushion was a light yellow or tan color with a pretty pattern on it. I enjoyed the pattern, but it was also quiet stained and unsightly. I chose to paint the chair a creamy white and cover the seat cushion with beige drop cloth.

Covering the cushion was very simple. Here’s how I did it.

How to Cover a Seat Cushion

What You Need

  • Fabric (I used canvas drop cloth)
  • A staple gun
  • The original seat and cushion for the chair


Before you start:

  • This tutorial is completely customizable. Use a different material, add ruffles, or make it for a chair of any size.
  • Be sure that your fabric is ironed or wrinkle-free before stapling to the seat. We don’t want those all over the cushion when we’re finished!
  • Be sure to pull the fabric tightly when stapling it to the seat. This will keep the fabric in place, avoid future wrinkles, and create a clean finished product.
  1. Remove the seat from the chair frame. This was simple for me since the seat was held down by only two screws!

2. Place the seat top side down on the fabric.

3. Stretch one side of the fabric over the edge of the seat.

4. Staple the fabric in place. I spaced them about 1 inch apart from one another.

5. Cut off the extra fabric.

6. Repeat with the remaining sides.

Where Can I Find Drop Cloth?

I purchase my drop cloth from Ace Hardware, but this is a product that many stores carry.

How Much Fabric Do I Need?

This will depend on the size of your seat cushion. I needed a piece that was about 30 inches wide and 30 inches long. This left me enough fabric to pull over the sides and have extra to staple down.

The walls in my home are very dark and dated, so I look for ways to brighten the rooms with lighter colors. This chair does just that! It now sits in a little corner of the living room beside my crafting hutch and sewing basket.

I hope you find this tutorial inspiring and helpful as you begin your own seat cover project! I love how mine turned out.

If you make this recipe and love how it turned out, feel free to come back and comment about your experience. I’d love to see your creation and how you served it!

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