Last year, we got our children the LÄTT children’s’ table from IKEA. And for 20$ you can’t beat the price! Like many products in IKEA, these pieces of furniture are made to be easily “DIY-ed” to match your style and décor. I personally didn’t want to make too many changes to it, because I liked the simplicity of the table and chairs. However, I did want to cushion and upholster the seats to make them a bit more comfortable.
Given that this table is made for children to basically get messy at by drawing and crafting, the upholstered chairs can very quickly get dirty from crayons, glitter…you name it. And that’s exactly what happened to me. I found a way to upholster the seats, but with time, they got dirty (in picture below you can see the latest condition of the chairs I’ve upholstered a year ago).
Now this time around I’ve thought about how to make the seats comfortable, stylish but at same time where I didn’t have to use a staple gun or hot glue. And here’s my solution; don’t use anything! I only used tape to secure the fabric when assembling the chair back together. That’s it! This way, when the cushions got play-dough or chewed up snack on them, I could easily switch out the fabric for new. No staples or hot glue to deal with!
The fabric and poly foam only cost me $4.84. I got the fabric at Hobby Lobby with 30% off (sale) for $2.45 and foam for $2.39 with 40% off coupon. You can always find the 40% off coupon on their site and use towards a regular priced item.
So let’s get started!
LÄTT children’s’ table
Pen or pencil
1”x 12”x 12” Poly Foam (usually sold in packs of 2)
1/2 yard fabric of choice (folded in half)
Tape measure (optional)
- Disassemble the chairs and use the white part of the seat to measure out your fabric and foam.
2. Place the poly foam on the floor and place the white board on top to trace. You can use the tape measure if you have to (I personally eye balled it).
3. Once you have it traced, you can use your scissors to carefully cut out the foam. CUT IT ½ inch SMALLER ON ALL SIDES.
4. Now place the fabric print side down onto the floor and place the white board on top to trace. TRACE 3” LARGER THAN THE WHITE BOARD.
5. Once you have it traced, cut your fabric.
6. You’re almost done!
7. Place the fabric print side down onto the floor, then place the poly foam and center. Lastly place the white board white side down and center.
8. Fold over the fabric like you would wrap a present and secure with good strong tape.
9. This step may take a few tries, but carefully insert the wrapped white board back into the part where it goes in. Don’t get frustrated if it takes time! It’s possible, just make sure that the foam was cut the 1/2 inch smaller than the white board and that the fabric wraps it nicely on all sides. Tug on the fabric as it goes it.
10. Assemble your chair and repeat with the second one.
11. YOU’RE DONE! Changeable fabric cushions!