Posture Correcting Chair Makeover

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I found this fun posture correcting chair at a thrift store. With a little love and a makeover, I knew just what I wanted to use this chair for in my home.

Here's the original chair. It was marked at $5 and the day we were there it happened to be 1/2 off!

Here’s the original chair. It was marked at $5 and the day we were there it happened to be 1/2 off!

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The top cushion screws had been stripped out, so we put new ones into the bench.

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The top cushion screws had been stripped out, so we put new ones into the bench.

I removed the cushions and wiped all the wood down to clean it.

I removed the cushions and wiped all the wood down to clean it.

I removed all of the old staples and upholstery. The actual cushions were in pretty good shape so I chose to use them but you could opt to get new cushions if you want.

I removed all of the old staples and upholstery. The actual cushions were in pretty good shape so I chose to use them but you could opt to get new cushions if you want.

I had some fabric at home from another project I had worked on. I folded the fabric over the cushion onto the wood and hot glued it in place to hold it until I could do the next step.

I had some fabric at home from another project I had worked on. I folded the fabric over the cushion onto the wood and hot glued it in place to hold it until I could do the next step.

Here are both of the cushions hot glued on.

Here are both of the cushions hot glued on.

We then used our nail gun to hold the new upholstry into place. We learned the hard way that the nails were a little long so had to bend the nails over. Next time I would use a staple gun instead.

We then used our nail gun to hold the new upholstry into place. We learned the hard way that the nails were a little long so had to bend the nails over. Next time I would use a staple gun instead.

I screwed the cushions back onto the chair.

I screwed the cushions back onto the chair.

Here's the completed chair. Two things I love about this chair - it has wheels so it can be rolled around easy, and it folds down flat so you can put it away when not in use.

Here’s the completed chair. Two things I love about this chair – it has wheels so it can be rolled around easy, and it folds down flat so you can put it away when not in use.

I plan to use this chair in my home when practicing mindfulness as well as posture.

I plan to use this chair in my home when practicing mindfulness as well as posture.

Can you reupholster a chair yourself?

Yes you can, and some chairs are more challenging than others. For example, if there are more curves and bends, it’ll be much harder to reupholster.

How much fabric do I need to recover a chair?

If you carefully remove the old fabric from a chair it’ll tell you how much material you’ll need to recover it and you’ll have a pattern to work with.

Do posture chairs work?

Postures chairs are ergonomic chairs that work as a posture corrector. They reduce back pain especially lower back pain because you are sitting with good posture. They help relax muscles like your shoulders, help you sit in comfort, and give you good back support and lumbar support.

Not all desk chairs have us sit at the correct angle where our hips, pelvis, knees, etc are in good alignment. When we sit with bad posture, that sitting posture can cause us to slouch, raise our shoulders, shorten our hip flexors which make it hard for flexion, and cause us pain. Everyone should have a good ergonomic office chair to sit at.

If you have a conventional office chair you can add things like adjustable lumbar support or a lumbar cushion, memory foam cushions, adjustable armrests for your elbows, etc to help you sit at a better upright position.

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28 Comments

    1. Thank you and I so appreciate what you’re saying Lisa. I am working on correcting my posture at my computer as well.

  1. What a unique little chair! I’m glad you rescued it, and returned it to a useable piece of furniture. It really is great for posture, isn’t, it?

    Michelle
    mybijoulifeonline.com

    1. Thanks Michelle and I’m really glad I found the chair too. I had passed a different version a few years back and have regretted it. Yes, you’re right it’s for posture πŸ™‚

  2. This chair makeover turned out so well. I could use it right now!

    1. Thanks Amy, I’m excited to use it in so many ways… especially all that time at the computer πŸ™‚

  3. What a great find! I love what you did with it. The fabric you used looks really soft.

    1. Thank you Michelle, and yes I love the fabric – makes me want to sit in in more πŸ™‚

  4. Your version looks more comfortable! Great fabric selection! I’ve heard these chairs are best for proper spinal alignment. Enjoy!

    1. Thank you Audra. I picked the fabric so it would encourage me to use it more too πŸ™‚ I look forward to using it for multi-purposes.

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  6. What a unique find!! Love the makeover.Thank you for linking with us @ #HomeMatters.

    1. Thank you Sahana, I’m thrilled you like it. Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you at the next one.

  7. Great makeover for that groovy chair. That fabric looks so cozy!
    Happy New Year,
    Kippi

    1. Thanks Kippi, I had used the fabric for a rocking chair and there was enough extra I could use it for this chair too. They’re both sitting in the same room so that worked out great.

  8. I always love finding things that are inexpensive, and making them my own!! The chair turned out great!

    1. Thank you so much Jamie, I’m truly enjoying it.

  9. That’s such a cool chair! You did a wonderful job with it too. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

    1. Thank you Teresa, and I’m getting great use out of it too.

  10. Great makeover, Chas. We actually had one of these years ago – it was a computer chair! I wish we still had it…Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.

    1. Thanks so much Ann, I need it for my posture that’s for sure.

  11. Looks great! These kind of chairs are so good for you aren’t they? I’m now sitting up straight as I type, just thinking about it!!

    1. Thank you and love that Julie πŸ™‚ I sit straighter just thinking about it too

  12. Marilyn Lesniak says:

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

    1. Thanks Marilyn, I used this chair to write my blog posts this week – huge help. Didn’t have shoulder scrunching going on.

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