How to Measure a Chair for a Slipcover

When your easy chair shows wear but the structure of the chair remains strong, a slipcover may extend the attractive life of your chair.

Cover a worn chair with a slipcover.Cover a worn chair with a slipcover.
Selecting a slipcover in a fabric that matches your room decor can quickly and easily transform a chair from something embarrassing to something gorgeous. Take the time to measure a chair for a slipcover before you purchase anything to ensure the slipcover fits properly and so your chair can quickly look brand new again.

Stand facing the chair and place the end of the tape measure at the inside left edge of the back of the chair. Extend the tape measure straight across to the inside right edge of the back of the chair. Write down the measurement.

Measure the seat of the chair from the left edge to the right edge. Make sure you take this measurement inside the arms -- do not include the arms in this measurement. Write down this measurement.

Place the end of the tape measure at the back of the seat and stretch the tape measure to the front of the seat to measure the seat depth. Write down this measurement.

Measure a wing if your chair is a wing chair. Place the end of the tape measure at the back of the wing, along the back of the chair, and extend the tape measure straight across the widest point of the wing. Note the measurement and write it down.

Place the end of the tape measure at the top back of the chair and extend it straight down to the floor. Note the measurement and write it down.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure

Tip

  • Measuring dining room chairs is comparatively simple. Simply measure the height of the chair from the back to the floor and measure the width across the back of the chair.

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Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.