DIY Rocking Chair from Consignment Upholstered Regular Chair

Before ($25 at Housing Works Thrift Store)


After (Total cost: $382)



Start to finish in pictures



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Taking it apart

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Underneath (legs removed)

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Rocking component added (idea from:

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Back piece (lots of staples)

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Bottom front (RIVETS!  No sewing)



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Back piece.  Straight seam created with iron on hemming, secured to chair with nails and rivets


Finished chair

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Component Cost
Fabric (8 yards… could have used 6)  $196.00
Rocking/Swivel Component (Available on Amazon  $62.00
Labor for cushion cover creation  $45.00
Thrift Store Chair  $25.00
Upholstery Tacks  $20.15
Wood for Rocking Component  $20.06
Screws for rocking component  $10.03
Cardboard Tack Strip  $3.59

Time start to finish: 6 weeks.  All work done in tiny NYC studio.

Tools/stuff we already had: Staple gun, nails, hammer, saw (to remove legs), patience to remove 5 million nails

Experience reupholstering furniture prior to this project: None