If you’re looking for cheap dining room decorating ideas, consider giving an old wing chair a new look and positioning it at the head of your dining room table. The look of an upholstered wing chair in the dining room is plush and glamorous, giving you the opportunity to tie the colors of your curtains or cushion, as well as grant the person sitting at the head of the table a sort of throne. You can find an old wing chair among an old furniture set right at home (as I did), or you can look for one on sale in stores, or for a pittance in garage sales. Because dining room decorating with an old wing chair involves changing the wing chair entirely, you don’t have to worry about the chair’s height or fabric color. All this will be changed in this fun dining room decorating project, and here’s how.
Here’s What You’ll Need for Dining Room Decorating with an Old Wing Chair
– An old wing chair (no matter what color or height)
– Wing chair slipcover to match the fabrics of your dining room decorating
– 4×4 wood or decorative, circular wood legs
– Measuring tape
– Heavy duty liquid nails or screw driver (depending on the wing chair legs)
– Headless screws
Here Are the Steps for Dining Room Decorating with an Old Wing Chair
Step #1: Determine the Best Wing Chair Height
Dining room decorating with an old wing chair begins with comfort. Since wing chairs were not designed to accommodate someone sitting at a dining room table, the old chair you find will likely be too short, making it uncomfortable to sit at the table. Place the wing chair at the head of the dining room table and sit in it, placing your elbows on the table. If the chair feels to short, use the measuring tape to determine how much additional height you have liked to have. You can sit on a pillow to help you determine the added height necessary.
Step #2: Remove the Old Wing Chair Legs
For elegant dining room decorating with an old wing chair it’s important to replace the old legs with ones that look custom made for the chair. Just sticking a wood elevation under the current chair legs won’t do. Begin by resting the old wing chair on its back. Most legs can simply be unscrewed without any tools; otherwise, use a screwdriver to remove the legs. If glued, the legs can be pried off with a chisel and hammer. Slip the lip of the chisel between the leg and bottom of the wing chair, then tap with the hammer to loosen the hold of chair.
Step #3: Buy Wood to Make Wing Chair Legs
Your dining room decorating with an old wing chair depends on getting the new chair legs right. Add the measurement you took at the table for added height to the current height of the chair legs your removed. This number represents the desired height of your wing chair. You can buy finished or circular chair legs at your home improvement store, or you can fashion chair legs from 4×4 wood posts. If making the legs yourself, simply cut them to the measurement of the desired leg height.
Step #4: Make the New Wing Chair Legs
There are two ways to achieve elegant dining room decorating with an old wing chair and both depend on how you make the new wing chair legs. The more expensive choice is to buy the finished legs, which will come with a screw installed at the center top. You then screw them in place of the old legs and you’re done. But the cheaper ways is to give the 4×4 cubes you have cut a fashionable design. To that end sew a diagonal slice off each leg from the middle to the bottom. Next buy headless screws to fit into the existing screw hole in the old wing chair. Drill a hole in the new legs, then glue the headless screws in, and once dry screw the legs into the chair. If the wing chair legs were glued before, simply glue the new ones as well.
Step #5: Dress the Old Wing Chair in a Slipcover
The best part of dining room decorating with an old wing chair comes now. You can buy a slipcover online, since all wing chair come in the same measurements. Although, just to be safe, measure your chair and compare it to the product you want to buy, before actually buying. Then dress the old wing chair in the slipcover by first pulling the slipcover over the front and down the back, then tucking it into the sides of the wings and around the seat. The rest is then easy.
Position the old wing chair at the head of your dining room table at the end that faces the entrance to the room. Add a cushy pillow to the chair to prop the back of the seated diner when he wants to sit upright. Likely, after a hearty meal, he will lean back in comfort. Your dining room decorating will look plush and glamorous with the refurbished wing chair.