DIY project: Chair repair

Whether you've got an old heirloom or a tatty seat that needs refinishing, repairing a chair is a project you can tackle yourself. It's always handy to have extra seating so here's a step-by-step guide to repair and revamp any old chair...

Back in December, we invited extra members of the family to a festive party. However, when counting up the number of seats we would need for the event, we were one chair short. Of course, rather than buying a new chair, I put my frugal hat on and came up with another solution. I would repair an old chair!

For many years, we’ve had a broken chair in the shed. It was inherited from grandparents and we never wanted to throw it away. So it came with us through many house moves yet we had never managed to get around to repairing the chair.

It seemed like a difficult task to repair an antique chair and we definitely didn’t want to do it badly. Sure, I could have whizzed some screws into the frame to firm it up, but it wouldn’t look great and would definitely ruin the classic look.

So, I’ve found out how to repair an old chair the right way and have finally applied the techniques to my own project, and here’s how it turned out.

The good news is that I’ve shared the full step-by-step guide to repairing a broken chair on the Safestore blog. You can use the project to repair any chair with a dodgy frame (old or new) and it also shows you how to reupholster a seat pad, so you can completely change the look of the chair if you like.

Let me know if you have a go a repairing your own chairs in the comments below and I’d love to see your projects so tag me in your pics on Instagram @cassiefairy.

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Cassie Fairy
Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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