Folding chairs are convenient items to have around, especially if you are having company. They are handy for parties and other such events as well. Set them up during the event and you can fold them up right after.
Now, if you want to make your folding chairs more elegant for an event, you can do so with some neat procedures. This article will talk about how to cover folding chairs inexpensively.
Recommended ready-made cover
You can also dress your folding chairs with a ready-made cover if you are not up to making your own.
There are ways in which you can dress up a folding chair and we will discuss one that involves sewing and another simple method in case you are not too fond of tackling a needle and thread.
A folding chair can be improved on with fabrics that are sufficiently wide to cover the chair.
You can do so with organza or satin if you want a more elegant appearance or make it a bit livelier with cotton fabric that has bright colors and fun prints.
If you want to take the look a few notches up, you can add some beading, ribbons or flowers as well.
No-Sewing Method: How To Cover Folding Chairs Inexpensively
For the no-sewing method, these are the things you need for the procedure and the instructions:
- Measuring tape
- Material or fabric
- Wide ribbons
- Fabric glue or any bonding agent
- Ironing board
Steps for No-Sewing Method
First of all, you need to take the measurement of the chair beginning from the top of the back down to the floor, and from the top in front then downwards throughout the seat and to the floor once more. Measure the chair throughout the back to get the width.
Remember not to create covers that are so long that their ends drag on the floor. These ends can trip guests and can get caught on chair legs as well.
Cut your choice material or fabric in a rectangular shape that is 2 inches longer and 2 feet wider as compared to the chair’s measurements.
Follow it up by folding the edges a half inch towards the other side of the fabric and make the hem. Pin it in position and press it with the iron on the ironing board.
Take away the pins and fold a half inch towards the other side once more and press it with the iron. This step prevents the raw edges from being tucked within and keeps them from unraveling too.
Put on some fabric glue or any of your choice bonding agent between the gold and iron areas that have parted.
Wrap the fabric throughout the chair. The fabric’s length must drape from the floor’s top in the back and should lie throughout the seat of the chair to the floor in the front.
Join together the fabric at the chair’s sides partially down the back, close to the seat. Secure the edges of the fabric at the chair’s back in a knot with a square shape. Put the knot’s ends carefully between the chair and the knot.
To secure the cover and conceal the knot, use the ribbon and tie it all over the chair, forming a bow right after.
The Sewn Method
The slipcover can make folding chairs look more formal for events like weddings. It does not require a complicated method to make and it’s another way to cover folding chairs inexpensively since it does not require lots of items.
Here are the items you need and the instructions:
- Tape measure
- Your chosen fabric or material
- Sewing machines
- 2 ribbons
Steps for the Sewn Method
Get the measurements beginning from the back legs’ bottom down to the top of the folding chair. Measure the front and the seat to the floor.
Add the two measurements and add another 2 inches for the seam’s allowance. The total will be the fabric’s length.
Add 2 inches to the width of the seat for the seam’s allowance to get the fabric width.
Cut the fabric according to those measurements you have gathered. Now you have a fabric piece that is 2 inches wider as compared to the chair.
Turn the material or fabric under 1/2 inch all over and press it. Make a hem with the sewing machine after you have turned the fabric under another 1/2 inch.
Make sure that you hem the 2 ribbons’ ends. The size of the bow will depend on how wide or long you want the ribbons to be.
Place the fabric on the chair’s back to make it even with the floor. Cover it well on the chair’s front and to the floor in front. Sew a ribbon on every side of the material in front of the chair wherein the chair’s back comes across the seat.
The slipcover is finished after you tie the ribbons on the chair’s back.
The Bottom Line
These are just some of the methods on how to cover chairs inexpensively. There are still many ways to dress them up and all you have to do is exercise your creativity! You can also reupholster an old folding chair. And there are so many different kinds of folding chairs to choose from for your event or for your home.