This chair makeover features how to fix old chairs. Fix loose chair backs with a simple pipe clamp and transform a chair with new upholstery. These simple chair updates will give new life to your old chairs and won't break the bank or take a lot of your time. Learn how to update a chair with this tutorial!
I've fixed a few different types of old chairs, so I'll share the process on both so you can see how the chair repair differs just a bit depending on how the chair was originally built.
How to Fix Old Chairs
Supplies for Chair Repair
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To do this, I took off the corner bracket, added wood glue to the area, screwed the corner bracket back in and then clamped it together until the wood dried.
A few of these chairs also had some scratches and stain differences. I lightly sanded some of the spots with issues and then applied a spray stain in those places where it was needed. The stain color was close enough to the original that I could just lightly spray it on and it matched. After the stain dried, I brushed on poly. While the poly was drying, I grabbed the old chair cushions and reupholstered them.
Reupholstering dining chairs is pretty easy. I have a step-by-step tutorial for how to reupholster a chair if you want to try it for yourself! I've done it quite a few times and have always been pretty happy with the results.
I'm going to show you the second set of chairs that I repaired. The process is pretty much the same, even with a different chair base to the seat. Here's the process, again:
How to Fix a Wobbly Chair
- Remove seat cushion (if possible) to determine what part of the chair connection is broken or loose.
- Loosen chair connection even more to apply wood glue to the seam.
- Clamp chair connection with wood glue until wood glue dries.