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Upholstering a Chair Coastal Style -How To & Upholstered Chair Ideas

Upholstering a chair coastal style is on my someday project list! So I compiled a few great examples of upholstered chairs, followed by a tutorial, and fabric sources.

shell

Upholstering chairs with a bold shell fabric is definitely tempting! Via Kathleen Hay Designs.

coral chair
A Coral Chair. Bold and elegant.

Coral Fabric Upholstered French Chair
A coastal upholstered chair fit for a queen. Via FB.

upholstering a chair
How fun is this chair! A whimsical map design on a classic wing chair. Via Lonny.

coastal chair with palms
Tropical palms, seen at Coastal Living.

Vanguard chair with seascape
Or maybe try a seascape, like on this Vanguard Chair.

upholstering sofa chairs
Also fun. Spotted here.

upholstered coral chair
Or something more minimal. Seen here.

nautical chair with stripes and anchor
And how nautical chic is this chair, spotted here.

nautical wing chair
You might recall the flag wing chair from My List of Nautical Luxury Decor.

upholstered nautical chair
Another take on nautical in a Cottage by the Sea.

seahorse chair
Go wild with a sea creature! The English Seaside Company sells these.

upholstered chaise
Take on a Chaise.

Or create something "out of the box", correction: out of the suitcase! A Map Chair if you love to travel land and sea.

If upholstering a chair is in your future, check out these fabric sources:
Brick House Fabrics
Nautical & Beach Fabrics
Coastal Photo Fabrics
Nautical Upholstery Fabrics on Ebay

Then, I found good Upholstering Instructions at Better Homes and Gardens. In a nutshell: Strip the chair of its original fabric and use the pieces as pattern. Then pin the pieces wrong sides out onto the chair. Remove pinned cover and sew it together, with welting reinforcing the seams. Put sewn cover back on the chair. It should fit like a glove!
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7 comments:

I Heart the Beach said...

I love these! I, too, posted about re-doing my chair back in March! Unfortunately, I still haven't been able to do it due to my ankle surgery recovery.

There is a great guide that I bought called The Lazy Girl's Guide to Custom Slipcovers by Pink and Polka Dot. It is a tutorial that shows you how to recover your chair. There is a button on my blog and on the post I did {see link}.

Good luck and please share when you do yours! I cannot wait to see what you come up with!

Wax Beach Artist said...

Fantastic chairs, I love them all!

Journey's End (at the Beach) said...

Maya,
I can't thank you enough for the work and inspiraton of this post! Last night I was doing a post about updating my living room and when I got to the fabric I liked for the couch pillows, it was out of stock. and then this morning I saw your post!!! I will be checking out your resources and I am sure whatever I decided will wind up on my blog too...I'll keep you posted.
~pat

Natascha Coester said...

So cool :)

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

Each of these put a smile on my face. Thanks.

classic • casual • home said...

Great examples of fun, comfortable chairs...but the reupholstering part intimidates me...good luck to you though!

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

Love all these coastal-inspired chairs :-) Especially like the wing chair in the first picture and the flag wing chair. Lots of great inspiration for your future coastal style chair :-)