If you missed part one of the Makeover in a Month series, where we installed and painted paneling, you can catch up HERE. In this post, I’m continuing my office makeover by sharing my slipcovered desk chair.
If you’re observant, you may have noticed that a few desk chairs have come and gone from my workspaces over the years. I have a terrible time finding one that is comfortable, but doesn’t look like something from the set of Star Trek. The vintage-style desk chair that is comfortable for long days on the computer has been elusive. It’s been a struggle that has resulted in purchasing and passing along half a dozen desk chairs over the years. The bright side is that my kids are always excited to claim my latest reject!
When Jeff and I both had to work from home and I was sitting in my studio chair all day, I knew it just wasn’t going to cut it. It never was the most comfortable chair, but that fact was amplified when I was sitting in it for longer periods of time. I ordered yet another desk chair, THIS ONE had amazing reviews (4.5 rating with over 2,000 reviews), traditional lines, and I was very hopeful. Unfortunately, my bad luck with office chairs continues and this one is not as comfortable for me as it is for all of the reviewers. It didn’t feel like it had enough padding and something about the mechanism is a little off. It is just a little tippy even though all of the screws are tight. I’m so frustrated with office chairs that I am ready to hurl one out the window.
Instead of going down the rabbit hole, looking for another desk chair, I decided to try to make this one work by adding foam to the seat and, in order to hide my modifications, a slipcover.
I already had all of the materials on hand, so I just went for it. I cut 3″ upholstery foam to fit the seat, topped it with batting, and upholstered it in some leftover linen I had from another project. Initially, I was going to make the slipcover out of some antique European curtain panels, but I ended up using that fabric to slipcover the chair in my studio (I’ll show that in another post) and I used a hemp sheet for this chair.
I did use remnants of that panel to upholster the arms, though, and I love the subtle embroidered detail…
The slipcovered desk chair turned out so cute and the padding helps a lot with the comfort factor, but I would still like to try to fix the mechanism and maybe make a few more modifications. Basically, I feel like I need to just design and build my own office chair at this point. Does anyone else have this problem?!
Maybe I’m just asking for too much!
Anyway, I absolutely love how it looks…
This is a project that my mom and I worked on together and it was a huge help having an extra set of hands on this one. Because of the arms, it needed 20 ties! She cut, ironed, and pinned the ties while I pinned and sewed the back, seat, and skirt.
If you want to make a similar slipcover, it’s a modified version of THIS TUTORIAL. I show how I make ties HERE.
In the next Makeover in a Month segment, I’ll show how the wallpaper above the paneling turned out!