Many broken things can be repaired instead of being thrown away. Try it out, you’ll be surprised how easy, inspiring and satisfying it is. Within about three hours I managed to revive an old office chair including the shopping for the material.
The story behind it
The office chair was left by my previous tenant. It was in a bad shape, no way having inspiring thoughts sitting on that broken thing. So I rolled up the sleeves and started my mission.
Amount of work: 3 hours
Costs: 21,90 €
Material: 100% organic cover fabric
Tools: 1 cross-head screwdriver, 1 bicycle tyre remover/ bike repairing tools, 1 stapler, scissors
Fun-factor: 3 of 5
Difficulty: easy, a bit tricky
Recommendation: A handful of patience, a bit of talent for improvisation, some common sense and curiosity
What do you might get out of it? The pride after having succeeded, some experience (as an upholsterer in this case), information about the components (e.g. of an office chair) and … you’ll feel great knowing, that it was you, who did the job! 😉
First decide, what materials you’ll need and get them. Then get to know your upcycling object. Check out, what tools you need to repair it. In my case, i needed just a screwdriver, a bike repairing tool, scissors and a stapler. To take off the back cover, I first separated it from the seat with no tools, then turned out two screws to take off the plastic cover. I cut the new cover fabric into suitable pieces, positioned it and stapled it directly on the old cover. That was the tricky part, because I had only an ordinary office stapler and no staple gun. For fixing the cloth I needed a bit of patience indeed. For the seat I had to open four screws to take off the seat base, placed the cloth and stapled it. To avoid crinkles at the corners I used a bike tool, which usually is used to separate the tyre from the rim. I put back the plastic cover and squeezed the crinkling parts under it, so that the corners became smooth. I put back all screws and set the chair-back and seat together. Et voilà! The old filthy office chair turned into a beautiful new life companion. This was a hands-on afternoon worth to remember.
I bought the material at a lovely shop which specialised on organic and fair textiles. (www.biostoffe.at).
If you have any broken household devices (coffee machine, blender, hair dryer,…) you might also visit one of the so called “repair cafés” in your area.
Why repairing and upcycling? … because it’s good for the planet – and it’s trendy!
Which thing do you have in mind, that would appreciate reconditioning? Go for it and share your experiences with us!