I'm happy to have tackled another project on my long to do list of projects that have been waiting for me. I had been meaning to make a slipcover for a desk chair in my project room.
I have three work stations with three different chairs. I already had upholstered chairs for two of the work stations, but couldn't find a third that I felt coordinated with the room the way that I wanted. So, I did what I usually do when I can't find just the right look or when I know I can make it for less - made my own.
Here are the three desk chairs before:
The one on the left is for my computer workstation. I purchased the Dana parsons chair and the green geometric slipcover at Pier 1 Imports. The middle chair is just the Dana chair without a slipcover. This is the chair that will be for my paper crafting workstation and the one for which I made the slipcover. The chair on the right is for my sewing workstation and is an upholstered dining chair from Pier 1 as well.
Because every chair is different, there really wasn't a standard dining chair pattern I could use to make the slipcover and still have it fit well. However, I did find a tutorial from Imperfectly Polished that I read through to get the general idea. Plus, I remember watching TLC's "Trading Spaces" (remember that show?) and taking note of how the designers made slipcovers, always having the desire to try it myself. The basic idea is to assemble it with the wrong side of the fabric facing out. Once all the pieces are sewn together, you can turn it right side out and slip it on the chair.
I started with three yards of cotton home decor fabric but had plenty left over when all was said and done. As I was piecing the fabric together, I made special attention to keep the fabric pattern as straight as possible. Without a specific pattern to follow, I have to admit there was a lot of "winging it" involved. I finished off the bottom with a simple pleated skirt on the bottom.
Here are the three desk chairs after:
I like that the chairs coordinate, but aren't matchy-matchy.
Here is the finished chair at my paper crafting work station. Looks great!