I reupholstered the Ballard Design Dayna Side Chairs for our casual dining space and I am so happy with the end result!

Recovering Ballard Designs Chairs

A few months ago, I ordered the Dayna Side Chairs from Ballard Designs for our casual dining space. The chairs came with a white seat, but I knew that with two young children and these chairs being the primary chairs we would eat in I needed a more durable fabric, preferable something that we could wipe off.

I ended up choosing Kovi Fabrics Indoor Outdoor Brown Leather Grain fabric. The darker color added a necessary warmth to the space (our built-ins, walls trim and drapes are all white) and the fabric is easy to wipe off!


You can see how easily these chairs stained after just a couple of months of having them!

Recovering Ballard Designs Chairs

Recovering Ballard Designs Chairs


Recovering Ballard Designs Chairs

The Ballard Designs website outlines pretty simple instructions for reupholstering the chairs yourself. We roughly followed that guide, but thankfully my in-laws had experience in reupholstering fabric and they had all the tools required. I am so thankful they were able to help! That being said, this would be a good first reupholstering project.

Tools Needed to Reupholster the Dayna Side Chair

To reupholster these chairs you need:

  • Fabric that you want to use (Ballard Designs suggests 1/2 yard per chair seat)
  • Dayna Side Chair (or other chair with a removable seat)
  • Electric or manual staple gun and staples
  • Scissors
  • Screwdriver

While I love the Kovi fabric we chose to use for our chairs, it is a thicker fabric. The thickness of the fabric made it a little bit more challenging to fold around the corners of the chairs, but we were still able to make it work. I think a thinner fabric would be even easier to use! The entire project took about 5 hours for 6 chairs (with a lunch break included).

Recovering Ballard Designs Chairs

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