> It depends- may be easy, may be a major PITA. If it has
> internal cording, springs, etc, probably wanna leave it
> to a pro. If it is a typical office chair, it is a
> plywood/plastic/metal shell, a hunk of foam, and fabric
> stapled or glued over it. Hard part will be figuring out
> how to get it apart w/o trashing it. Local upholstery
> company/boat cushion/tarp company will have the fabric
> and the foam, or possibly even a big sewing supply
> store. Get a slab of <high-density> foam and carve to
> fit, use dabs of glue rated for foam to keep it in
> proper place on base, and then strech the new fabric
> over it and secure it however it secures. If old fabric
> had sewn shape, or was 'molded to shape', you will have
> to figure out an eye-pleasing way to fold and tuck
> everything so it looks right when reassembled. Fabric
> store will have the buttons and cord for any buttons- I
> usually ignore such details. Check library or big-box
> DIY book aisle- I'm sure somebody has a book with
This one is a Hon, and I don't detect any springs. So it
appears to be just a metal base with foam and fabric. The
arms and back are attached to the base with screws, and it
looks like it would come apart, and go back together, pretty
The original upholstery is fabric, except that the sides of
the base are the skins of the elusive mountain nauga, but I
would just use plain fabric on the re-do.
> Having said all that- I usually find the pivot socket on
> the bottom of the chair dies before the fabric does.
> Stand facing chair, grab the arms, and wobble it side to
> side. If it feels loose, time for a new chair. But if
> the frame is strong and tight, with no cracked parts,
> I'd consider paying for a pro upholstery job- quality
> office chairs are amazingly expensive. The fanciest
> plastic made-in-China junk chair at the big box costs
> less than the entry-level models from Herman Miller,
> Steelcase, et al. I usually buy mine at auctions or
> garage sales- pay 20 bucks, get 2-3 years before it gets
> annoyingly wobbly.
It still seems quite sturdy, so I don't think that's a
problem. I just don't want to spend $150 getting it redone,
so I may give it a try.
Thanks for the reply.