Ikea Hack – Skruvsta Denim Chair Upcycle

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Ikea Hack – Skruvsta Denim Chair Upcycle

I have been called the denim whisperer, because of all the things that I make with old jeans. From sunglasses cases, magazine racks and pocket organisers. I just love upcycling with old denim. So when my office chair was in need of a makeover then this Ikea hack had to involve denim.

This isn’t my first denim chair upcycle, in the past I’ve upcycled a dining room chair and foot stool with old jeans. I’m sure it won’t be my last either. Upholstering in denim is a lot easier than it looks, especially with a bit of staple gun magic.
Ikea Hack reupholster a boring Ikea Skruvsta office chair in denim.  Great upcycle of old jeans and use of a staple gun.  It's a lot easier than you think with a full step by step tutorial.
Great upcycle of old jeans and use of a staple gun.  It's a lot easier than you think with a full step by step tutorial.
Ikea Hack. Revamp a boring Ikea Office chair by upholstering it in denim.  It is a lot easier than you think.  Step by step tutorial.
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What I used for my denim Ikea hack

Ikea hack before chair

How to Upholster an Ikea Office Chair in Denim

  1. First you need to make a pattern. Use pattern paper to do this. If you look at the Ikea Skruvsta chair, you can see that the cover is sewn in six different sections. I pinned the pattern paper to the chair and marked out each section on the paper.
    Making a paper pattern for a denim chair  ikea hack

  3. I then cut out the paper pattern for each cover piece on the chair. The left and right panels of the chair where just the mirror image of each other, I only cut out one pattern for both. I then just flipped the paper pattern over when cutting out the opposite side.
    Ikea hack paper pattern

    Ikea hack denim chair paper pattern

  5. To make large pieces of denim, cut your jeans up the inside leg seam. Flatten out and then stitch the legs together so that you end up with one large piece of denim fabric.
    Ikea Hack large piece of denim


  7. Pin your pattern paper to the large pieces of denim. Allowing for a seam of approximately 1cm cut out your 6 pattern pieces.
    Ikea hack - cutting out the paper pattern


  9. Pinning right sides together, sew up the three outer back pieces together and then the three inner pieces together. Then sew these to sections together.

Ikea hack denim cover back.


Now to fit your denim cover to you chair.

  1. This is where the staple gun becomes the star of the project. Staple guns let you cheat with upholstery and makes it easy.
  2. Place your newly made denim cover over the chair. Making sure the newly sewn seams in your cover match up with the seams in your chair, pin the cover to the chair along the top. This will hold it in place whilst you staple the cover to the chair.
    Ikea hack denim chair reupholster

  4. Pull the inside of the cover taut and staple to the inside seat of the chair. This may look unsightly but don’t worry as the chair cushion will hide it. You can never have too many staples holding it in place.
    ikea hack denim office chair
    ikea hack staple cover


  6. Turn the chair over and repeat with the underside of the chair. Pulling the cover taut as you merrily staple away. Don’t forget to take out the pins at the top when you have finished.

Ikea hack chair underside

Making the seat pad cover.

Draw round the seat pad onto a large piece of denim allowing for 1cm seam allowance and cut out. Repeat so that you have 2 identical denim pieces. Pin and sew right sides together leaving an opening for the pad. Turn the denim right sides out, squeeze in pad into the cover and stitch up the opening.
Ikea Hack seat pad cover
Ikea hack - upholster office chair with old jeans.  Full tutorial and easy to follow instructions
This project only took me a couple of hours and I love this Ikea hack of my office chair. This method can be used to reupholster any chair in denim.
If however you are going to upholster something like my dining room chair seat then you may want to use upholstery tacks instead of a staple gun or both.
Upholster chairs in denim by upcycling old jeans.  Step by step tutorial
Upholster chairs in denim by upcycling old jeans.  Step by step tutorial
Ikea Hack reupholster a boring Ikea Skruvsta office chair in denim.  Great upcycle of old jeans and use of a staple gun.  It's a lot easier than you think with a full step by step tutorial.
If you like the “SIT DOWN” cross stitch pillow in the picture, click here for a free pattern and tutorial.

Other Ikea hacks

This is one of my most pinned crafts my Ikea Hack map table.
A great round up of Ikea stool hacks.
Have you got some Ikea furniture that needs painting, click here for a great tutorial.

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62 Responses

  1. I’m a big fan of denim recycling and have been wanting to reupholster a chair in denim for quite some time now, love how yours came out! Pinned to my Ikea board!

  2. I love this chair! You did such a great job giving it a makeover, and I love that you used denim! Pinned!

  3. When I grow up I want to be just like you! always you are showing such beautiful, creative and fun projects! I am keeping an eye out, I am totally making a jean chair!

  4. A blue jean chair! What more could you want? It’s adorable.

    Thank you so much for joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We are honored to have you. 😉

  5. This is so wonderful! And the footstool and the dining chair, too! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that features your tutorial: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=88665 –Anne

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  7. love the upcycle denim is so durable especially with teenaged boys thanks for sharing pinned and shared

    • Thank you ! Yes and I have 3 teenage boys myself, which also means a plentiful supply of old jeans.

  8. Oh, I love this! Love that pillow too!


  9. This looks great – like a completely different chair!

    • Thank you Medina ! It was in need of a revamp and I love it in my home office.

  10. Hi, Claire! This is complete and utter awesomeness! And so smart to use the bumpy bits of the jeans for the back so that part gets used up, too. I agree, you are the denim whisperer!

  11. This is so cool! I love upcycling denim jeans too although on a smaller scale than this!! One of my favourites was making this little market style apron https://shabbyshe.com/2015/01/31/jeans-upcycle-cute-girls-apron/ 🙂

  12. You are such an inspiration Claire, love the dining room chair too…..thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

  13. Claire this is the coolest project. Actually, all of your projects are very cool. I really like your aesthetic. I said it before and I’ll say it again, I love denim and this is the perfect way to repurpose it. Sharing and Pinning.

  14. Brilliant, looks fab and you make it seem pretty do-able too, thanks.

  15. This is such a clever idea! I would love to do something like this in my son’s bedroom. Great job!

  16. What a fabulous upcycle! Love the little foot stool also! So clever!! Thank you so much for sharing with us over at Waste Not Wednesday! Can’t WAIT to see what you share this week 🙂

    • Cheers and thank you ! The footstool is a favourite of mine I did a few years ago and is also a homage to Neil Diamond !

  17. Love a great Ikea Hack. Beautiful job and tutorial.

  18. This chair just made my day. It’s so fun and mod and clever. You really have a knack for using denin in a unique way. Love the pillow, too! Oh, and don’t get me started on the wall paper. Love the whole setting. We are so thrilled to have you share this sweet makeover with us at Friday’s Furniture Fix. Susie from The Chelsea Project

  19. I love your denim projects! They are very cool and inspiring.

  20. Claire, I love a good Ikea hack and this is just FUN! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  21. You make this look so easy, Claire. I’ve never used a staple gun. Maybe it’s time I did. Your new chair looks terrific.

  22. This is fabulous–so retro cute. And I am swooning over the needlepoint pillow! Thanks for sharing on the Talk of the Town link party!

  23. What a difference!!

    Thanks for linking up with Welcome Home Wednesdays! Live every Wednesday at 7AM CT.

    liz @ j for joiner

  24. Your chair turned out great and I just adore the cross stitch pillow! Thank you for sharing on Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party. Hope you are having a great week!

  25. Maybe I’ve led a sheltered life but this is the first denim covered chair I’ve seen. It was a pleasure to see this in the line up at Celebrate Your Story, thanks for joining us!

  26. Very clever! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  27. Great job! This is right up mu alley, I did a denim hack on this same chair here: http://www.thatblackchic.com/2015/09/diy-ikea-hack-on-skruvsta-swivel-chair.html

    • Thanks ! Your chair looks awesome too like the contrasting denims.

  28. Dee

    This is awesome — my kids would love it! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

  29. I have upcycled old denim in the past, and this looks like such a fun project! Thank you for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It and hope to see you back this week 🙂

  30. What a clever and adorable idea. not only re-purposing, but also creating awesome projects. Too cte for words. As always we appreciate you at DI&DI.

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