Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Reupholstering theater seats complete!

The arms got a little faded sitting outside for the month-long "natural" deep cleaning (i.e. getting rained on and exposed to bacteria-killing UV light!), but refinishing them will be no problem. We also need to get a board to bolt the seats down to...they are a little wobbly, but the springs in the seat make them surprisingly cozy. Hopefully the new upholstery will relax a little with time because I think I pulled the fabric too tight on the backs. It was a learning process, so I wasn't too picky.

I liked the original red, but with our transitory lifestyle, it is difficult to know what color scheme we are going to have to work with at our next residence (fingers crossed for sooner rather than later, and permanent rather then temporary).

Below are some oh-so satisfying before shots.


  1. Hey I just bought some theater chairs that are looking a bit like the before pics. How did you remove and more importantly reset the new fabric (ie I'm worried I won't be able to fit the new fabric in). Mine look very similar to yours in that there is a metal base that the fabric disappears into.

  2. Hi Gabe,
    If you look at the other posts about the Upholstery Project, you will find some more photos and details. There should be four screws along the back of the seat and one large screw at the bottom of the seat. Some of the screws were stripped on some other seats, so be wary of that.
    After the screws are undone, the bottom seat pulls out and the seat back slides down. I would remove the old upholstery fabric rather than put a new layer over the old so that the seats fit back into the frame better, not to mention how gross the old fabric is! The other photos help to illustrate the process.
    Good luck, and let me know if you have more questions!