Let’s Get Cracking!



I am breaking in the air compressor and stapler on The Office Chair. When I worked on this on Saturday, I found it easier if I thought of the project in steps. Hope this helps you.

1. Measure your foam.

I bought a pre-cut piece. DIY Upholstery Supply recommends cutting the foam to 3/4 in. from the seat. As you can see, I did not have that much in some areas.


2. Curt the foam.

Recommended cutting devices are electric knives or a professional foam cutting knife. I decided that I have spent enough money for now so I used a razor blade and scissors. I cut into the side of the foam, about 1/3 of the way down. Then I used the scissors to cut the top 1/3 and repeated the process again.


3. Thin your foam.

I discovered my foam was a little to thick (3 in.) so I peeled a layer off of it. Just dig in and pull off the top, you don’t need to cut. The foam separates easily.


4. Staple.

I stapled in the middle of all sides first and then proceeded to continue around the perimeter.


5. Cut batting.

I used batting because that is all I could find. DIY Upholstery recommends 3/4 in. dacron. I cut three layers of the batting to try and make it thick enough to cover the divots created from the stapling. 


6. Staple batting.

I found that my stapling was more even if I pulled and smoothed with my palm and all finger tips rather than  using only my thumb and forefinger.


7. As before, staple the centers first.


8. Finish with the corners.

I have not found a real hard rule on stapling the corners of the dacron/batting so this is what I did. I recommend stapling  in the center of your corner and then adding staples on either side of the center staple.


9. Finally, cut off the excess.

Padding down, upholstery to go.

For earlier posts on The Office Chair click here and here.


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