DIY Mid-Century Modern Style Chair Makeover: An IKEA Hack

In this post, we’ll guide you through a simple transformation process of a GUNLEIF IKEA chair into a trendy mid-century modern style piece, as demonstrated by @homebynicky.

Materials Needed

Before you get started, gather the following materials:

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Staple Gun
  • Scissors

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Measure and Cut Your Fabric

The first step is to cut your fabric. Ensure you have a few centimeters to spare on all sides to allow for stretching and stapling.

Step 2: Begin Stapling

Start stapling 50% of the flattest edge. Always begin from the middle and work your way out toward the edges.

Step 3: Stretch and Staple the Opposite Edge

Next, pull the fabric tight and staple the opposite edge, again starting from the middle and working your way out. Continue this process until you reach a corner.

Step 4: Work Around the Corners

Carefully stretch the fabric piece by piece around the corner, avoiding harsh folds. Repeat this step for both corners on the same side, leaving one edge stapled corner to corner and the opposite edge with staples only in the middle.

Step 5: Complete the Stapling

Proceed with the stapling process, starting from the completed corners and moving towards the opposite edge. Leave the other two corners for the last.

Step 6: Trim Excess Material

Lastly, once all the fabric is securely stapled, trim off any excess material to keep things tidy.


And voilà, you have successfully transformed your GUNLEIF IKEA chair into a stylish mid-century modern style piece! This project is a perfect example of how you can elevate your IKEA furniture to mimic the look of high-end pieces, adding a touch of sophistication to your home décor.