Fur Chair :: No Sew Reupholstery

The fur covered chair did not come about because I sat around thinking “oh if only I had my own fur chair”.  Oh no.  All I was thinking was “oh if only I had a chair for that corner, not too expensive, not too big, not too much trouble”.  I knew I had an old yard sale chair in my garage ready to take to the goodwill and the scale was perfect.  But I didn’t want to sew.

Fur seemed like a great choice and on the plus side, it would add a little quirkyness~every room needs a little quirk.

But, before I took this little risk, I tried out my fur on an ottoman. I definitely think a little fur goes a long way in a home but, I needed to see how difficult it was to work with on a piece of furniture.  It worked out great and the cutting was easier than I thought so I moved right onto the chair.  See, baby steps with risk.

Here she is in all of her before glory. Ripped, scratched, old.

The first thing I did was paint the wood.  I just grabbed a leftover can of not too shiny paint.  It didn’t matter the exact color, I knew I wanted white so I picked some white color from my garage. And this is not a post about how to paint furniture, I don’t claim to know much about that but, if you want advice from an expert, my friend Mandie, a sponsor of Nesting Place detailed every step in her ebook How to Paint Furniture~she walked me through painting our kitchen table and unbelievably it’s still holding up great.

Once the paint was dry I roughed it up a little with sandpaper and then draped my fur on it to see which way I wanted the fabric.

I think I had 1.5 yards of fur.  You could lay a blanket over your chair and measure how much it takes to cover your chair from front to back and then you’ll know how much fur to buy. Or you can be like me and just guess. Starting off, I only cared about centering the fur so it draped equally on the sides and lining up the fur on the front of the seat.

Remember, fur is super forgiving because of the length of the hair.  So as long as your cut is close, you can make it work.  Looks like I used the side edge of the fur to start.  Before you glue, lay the fur on your chair different ways because with most fake fur, the hair lays a certain direction.

And get your super duper hot high powered hot glue gun and go to town.

Each chair is different but, you just start at the front and hot glue, trim, and move on.

Oh no, stop the world, I cut my fur too short and left a big space.  No worries, you can just cut a little fur patch or toupee, if you will, and glue it in.

See? You can’t even tell.

Now just continue hot gluing and securing the fur all the way over the back of the chair.

Here’s a little video to show you how I did the back seam.

Each chair will be a little different but, the method is the same, cut the fur to the best of your ability and glue.  If you don’t cut enough off, just take off more, and if you accidentally cut too much, make a patch.  It doesn’t get any easier than this.

I love the finished chair. Not bad for a $5 yard sale find and $20 worth of fur.  It only took about 30 minutes to recover. Once I was finished I felt a little like a crazy person for having a fur chair and liking it so much so I did a quick google search and found…

The BARBIE!  By Shawna Robinson at Happy Chair.   Hers even has arm tufts!    I came across her site months ago after seeing her work in person…

Laura and I were enchanted by Shawna’s booth at the Metrolina last fall.  And look,  it’s a fur covered chair.  I guess I have great taste after all.

Is there something in your home that could benefit from a little fur?

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  1. No sew is definitely the way to go!

  2. i like it. but, i think i like the one you posted the other day better (the no sew one). i’m not the “fur” type. ha ha! :)

  3. I honestly thought I would hate it, but I really, really don’t. Instead, I love it! That last shot of your room is amazing. Well done!

  4. No sewing? Seriously? That’s always a winner in my book!

  5. Something that would benefit from fur? Besides my legs? If you sit in the chair, does it get fuzzies all over your pants, or does it not shed too much once it’s glued?

    • Oh I should have put in that you need to vacuum it when you are done to get all the loose fur, but also, realistically, that chair doesn’t get sat in all that often~but yes, once you vacuum it since it’s pretend fur it doesn’t really shed all that much.

  6. Oooo, I LOVE it! The texture is fabulous and I’m always up for some glue vs. sewing! Brilliant! :)

    P.S. Love the garden stool beside it in the picture too!

  7. it looks FAB! and looks AMAZING below the antlers! nice ‘story’ girlie!

  8. You said wonky… my liking of you and your blog just keeps growing!

  9. Stephanie says

    Wow love it! I can’t think of anything that might as well need some fur in my house so I’m willing to go thrift shopping for a chair like that :)

  10. I like how fur adds an element of surprise to your furniture.

  11. I love it. And I’m thinking that maybe any sort of chunky, texturing fabric would work and be very forgiving. I’d love to find a really fluffy chenille to see if it may work. You did a reupholstery job with nothing but your hot glue gun…brilliant. : )

  12. I like the chair but I’m a bit concerned about the durability. It would be ok if the chair didn’t get used that much. I’m not sure it would last too long around this house. I think I would part the fur and tack it with a staple gun in a few places for insurance.

  13. You are so funny with your fur and glue gun! :) I really love it with all of the other natural elements going on…the rack on the wall and such. You have an amazing eye.

  14. I do like your furry ottoman, but I think a fur-covered chair is not my thing. =P How do you clean it?

    • oh there is always one who asks how to clean it, why must you ruin all my fun?

      no, i think that is a valid question especially if it were the only chair in our house, but I don’t expect anyone to be messing it up too much

      • lol! I recently made the switch to all-leather seating in my living room precisely because I was tired of trying to clean fabric-covered surfaces.

        Since becoming a mom of 4 kids, my tastes have definitely started to run towards non-absorbent surfaces. I now hate carpet and upholstered furniture.

        Maybe in my empty-nest days, I’ll start to like fabrics again. But then again, there’ll probably be grandchildren!

  15. Love the chair! I like it even better than the ottoman. The only fur items we have are a couple of pillows. WD made a giant fur floor pillow in his Home Ec class(the call it Family & Consumer Sciences, now.) The fur treatment looks like a fun one for a chair that doesn’t really get used. Thanks for sharing.

    I’m hosting a Throwback Thursdays Party, and would love it if you swung by and linked up something you made/bought/did from before blogging. I know you’ve shared tons of pics of your home(s), but I’m sure there are things that are so much a part of your daily life that you’ve forgotten how awesome they were when you made or bought them. I can’t wait to see what you bring.

  16. FUR- FABuLOus!! Love the foot action!

  17. ?? From one bird lover to another and totally off the subject:)
    Why do I always get the bird and some other people get a little snap shot in the corner of their comment??
    Hehe…that is kinda suppose to be funny. Anyways,
    I’m not that computer savvy so I don’t know how to fix my pic:)
    Any clue?

  18. I love it and thanks so much for the video!

  19. You are SO brave and I LOVE it! I’m currently doing a mental inventory of potential fur to be added around the house! Thank you for helping me think COMPLETELY out of my comfort zone!

  20. So I just have to laugh. At first glance, I thought the title of your video was “fur scream.” The still photo made me think that one of your boys was going to come down the stairs and you were going to scare them with the fur. Ha ha ha! That’s what I get for skipping text!

  21. Let me start by saying, I LOVE your moxie…Honestly, my first thought was “The Nester got in a fight with Chewbacca and won”…and still as I scrolled through the pictures, I wasn’t buying it…but that last shot, as it came in to full view on my screen, it took my breath away…I’m not sure why…probably the quirk factor…So I am a fan of The Chewbacca Chair…and at this stage in the game I wouldn’t be able to use “Fantasy Fur” on anything in my home because my 10-month-old, Gus, would make it his goal in life to eat it…

  22. Look at you with all your risky-ness lately! :) It’s very “you!”

  23. The first thing I thought of when I read your header in my feed reader was that scene in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Farmer Boy” when Almanzo sits in the fancy horsehair chair in the parlor. Who knew that a fur chair could be so quirky, old fashioned, and fresh all at the same time? Good job!

  24. drooling…….You are a genius.

  25. I LOVE your fearlessness. I would be petrified to hot glue anything to a chair but I love that you’re not afraid to take risks and make mistakes (although this wasn’t one). I’m definitely learning to slowly let go of my crazy need to do things “just right” all the time and have some fun. Thanks for the encouragement to think outside the design box…and have some fun in the process.

  26. I’m not usually a fan of fur stuff, and not because I’m a PETA member or anything because I totally wear my Granny’s mink coat when it’s cold enough, but I personally just don’t know how to work it into a room without being all “Look! It’s fur! In my room!” I have to give you huge props–because, girl, you made it work! Love it. :)

    Also love the last photo (ditto Lindsay). I have a hard time figuring out how to shoot in front of windows like that. Maybe I should read my Nikon manual? ;)

    Great work, Nester!

  27. Does it shed? I’m not liking the idea of walking around with hair on my clothing.

    Guess I’m still a toile girl at heart; I wish you were too sometimes.

  28. Love this!! You might have said this already, in a different post, but what’s a good source for “fur”? I’m on the west coast w/o Hobby Lobby (boo!)….fabric stores? Thanks!!

    • yes, on the ottoman post is a link to Mary Jo’s Cloth store here in NC, you can order on line and I think for the chair I used pretend wolf fur.

  29. So fun! I love the texture!

    I shared it on my TT&J FB page. Very cool!


  30. Looks pretty cool. I’m amazed at how easy it was!

  31. That turned out really awesome! Love it!!

  32. because everyone needs their own fur chair! I love, love, love it.

  33. I absolutely love it!!!! What made me love it even more are the antlers on the wall! I have chair that I so need to so this with! Especially because I can’t sew to save my life. Haha!

  34. A new chair without sewing? That has my name written all over it! Please pass the fur… :)

  35. My daughter wanted to know how many teddy bearrs you had to kill to make that chair?

    I was thinking more along the lines of you rubbing it with Rogaine and it went from bald to furry. You know, a little experimental DIY project.

    You know I’m kidding. But I was afraid to sit in it today because it felt like it was alilve and might hug me to death. haha

    Love your style, woman!

  36. Seriously fabulous! I would never ever want to get up from that chair…EVER! :)

  37. I double-dog dare you to put big eyes on it for Halloween.

  38. you are fearless! I LOVE IT!! and no sew?? ackk! i love when you post videos–you’re just adorable!

  39. Holy hilarious! I love that you called it a toupee! I love this. Looks awesome!

  40. …and fangs!

  41. OMG- I am sooo in love with this…Why because I am a glue gun girl! Almost anything can be fixed with a glue gun! Now for the real question….what did your husband say?

  42. you, my love, are funny. and i know funny. you make me laugh and laugh…

  43. It’s simply adorable! Not sure that was the effect you wanted…but I’m claiming it to be adorable. Love to “toupee” reference. that brought about a LOL moment. i needed that.

    I looks like it belongs right there where you have it too!

  44. I love it so much, and I REALLY love that there is no sewing! I find your house/designs so inspiring. I had two really old panels that I decided to cut up and make striped curtains with. Not as beautiful as yours, but I kind of love them! I think when we take risks, we love our projects that much more!

  45. I love it. The fur toupee is my favorite part!

  46. Nester, You bowl me over. You take no prisoners! That brown fur chair with the wild raspberry pillow is snappin’ good.

  47. BTW, the Barbie chair rocks! My granddaughter would think I was the greatest fairy grandmother in the world if I produced one of those for her.

  48. FABULOUS! I love it, and I love the pink one too!

  49. Genius. The best part is, if it doesn’t turn or last long, what the hey … you don’t have much invested. So creative.

  50. I love it. I have a chair just like that I can convert! How fun and playful!

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