How to Slip Cover a Club Chair

Club chairs are midsize upholstered chairs that are usually covered in leather, and they work well as accent chairs in bedrooms and living rooms.

Club chairs are often used in living rooms.Club chairs are often used in living rooms.
With use and age, the upholstery on your club chair may become worn, but you do not have to throw out your entire club chair because of worn upholstery. With some sewing skills and a few supplies, you can make a slip cover to place over your club chair's worn upholstery, making your chair as good as new.

Using the measuring tape, measure the width and length of the entire seat, including the legs of the chair. Measure the entire width and length of your chair arms all the way from the seat to the floor. Measure the entire width and length of the back of the chair from the seat to the top. Finally, measure the entire width and length of the backside of the chair from the floor to the top. Add 6 inches to each of your measurements to allow room for your seams and for tucking.

Take your measurements to the fabric store and use the upholstery yardage chart to convert your measurements into yards of fabric. Most fabric stores have an upholstery yardage chart available to their customers. You can also find these charts online. Once you determine the yards of fabric you need, purchase the yards of fabric in the style and design that best fits your home and taste. Lightly woven fabrics tend to work best for furniture slip covers.

Lay your fabric on a table and use the yardstick and your club chair measurements to measure out the seat, arms and back of your slip cover. Mark your measurements on the fabric with the chalk. Cut out the pieces with your scissors. You will have have five pieces of fabric: two arms, a seat, a seat back and the backside of your club chair.

With the sewing pins, pin the five pieces of fabric together in the shape of your chair. Make sure you are pinning the fabric together inside out. Have the two arms pinned to either side of the seat. The seat back attaches to the rear of the seat and the backside of your chair attaches to the top of your seat back and the arms.

With your sewing machine, sew the parts of the slip cover together with 1/2-inch seams. Make sure your sewing machine is fitted with a denim needle so that it can easily be used on the thick upholstery fabric. You may also want to sew the bottom edge of the slip cover for a more finished look. Sewing together your slip cover will require about two spools of thread. Remove the pins and turn the sewn slip cover inside out. The seams will now be on the inside of your slip cover.

Place your assembled slip cover over your chair. Tuck the excess fabric under the seat cushion and align the bottom edge of the slip cover with the feet of the chair. The cover will drape over the legs of your chair.

Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Yardstick
  • Chalk
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing machine with a denim needle
  • 2 spools of thread


  • Wash your upholstery fabric. Ask your local sewing store for washing instructions for the type of fabric you are using. Fabric shrinks when it is washed, so washing your fabric before you cut and sew ensures your slip cover will not shrink in the wash.


  • This slip cover will not look like the original upholstery on your club chair. For custom, fitted upholstery, contact a professional upholsterer.

About the Author

Jane Olcott has been a writer since 2005. Her work appears on various websites, focusing on entertainment, book publishing and travel. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film production from Loyola Marymount University.