How to make a latex covered chair

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latex chair

It is not latex clothing, but it is still fun and easy!

I love latex furniture, but unfortunately is it not very common and if you find something it is expensive!

So as I saw at a flee market this old chair for approx. $10, I thought I will give it a shoot and turn that into a nice modern piece!

And there you go, my result. It fits perfectly in my bedroom!

If you want to try it your self you will need:chair-old

1. Remove old cover

remove cover

Above you can see how the chair looked as I bought it.

I took it apart and removed the old covers. This one had an additional cover underneath which was made out of leather and had a weird pattern. This pressed itself over time into the seat cushion and shows now through. But that’s fine, it actually looks quite nice with the latex cover over it.


2. Paint

Since I like it black and shiny, I had to paint the wood frame. So I sanded the frame down until it was really nice and smooth. I painted the frame two times with a thin layer of shiny black water based paint. Looks great!

3. Prepare latex cover

img_6495Measure the size of the cushion, length, hight and width. And cut a piece of latex out, according to your cushion size. Remember that it has to be approx. 2″ longer on the ends, so that you can attach it later to the underside of you seat.

Then mark the areas which you will have to cut out, to make it possible to fold and glue the cover into a square or whatever shape your cushion might have. My cover looks like that now, after I measured everything and did the cut outs.
I made the cut outs so, that I have a little flap on one side of each cut out. This makes it easy to glue the pieces together. I just cutted 0.2″ further in on one side to create the flap.
See the picture.

4. Glue in fabric band

img_6491Now, before we start gluing the cover together, we will have to glue in the fabric band!
It will be glued on around all the edges of the cover. This is necessary if you don´t want your latex to rip later when you attach it to the chair with a staple gun!

cotton-band-copyTo attach fabric to latex, you will of course need the latex milk (liquid latex). Apply the latex milk good to the fabric band and let it completely dry! It should not feel wet when you touch it! Then apply also some of the latex milk to the latex, let it dry. Now glue the cotton band on to the inner side of the latex cover. Check out the picture to see where you need to glue it on. If you want to, you can backlay the cotton strip with a thin gauge of latex.

5. Glue the edges together

Now we can glue the edges together. Apply the glue to the edges and let it dry, then attach it to each other. Remember, if you backlayed your cotton strip with latex, then you have to use the rubber cement which is stronger! If you didn’t do it and have to glue the blank fabric on to the latex then you have to use the latex milk, otherwise it wont work! The combination of rubber cement and cotton just works if it is rubberized cotton! Check out the picture to see how I glued it together.

6. Get it all together

cushion-drawing Now its almost done! Just pull the cover over your cushion. Attach the cover with the staple gun to the wooden under plate. Therefore you just fold the overlapping Latex with the attached fabric band over, so that it lays on the wooden under plate. Done!

It might be that there is a thicker layer of material on the edges where you have to fold it to the side. If it gets to thick, then you can just cut some of the material out. There can´t happen anything, because you have the cotton band which protects the latex from ripping! But remember not to cut over the cotton band into the latex!
There are probably screws in your chair wich prevents the seat from sliding around or falling off, so remember also to put those holes in, using a hole puncher.


6 Responses to “ How to make a latex covered chair ”

  1. ÓSK Says:

    Helloooo its nice! Well done! (Det er godt I ikke keder der hjemme hihi )

  2. Raiffe Says:

    what do you thing the durability of it is? how would you care for latex furniture? would it be prone to damage? to keep it shiny, would it be slippery?

  3. Latex Kitty Says:

    The durability depends on how you take care of it and how you use it.
    F.x. the chair I made, I polish it from time to time to keep it nice and shiny and thats about it. Its not slippery as long as it is not swimming in polish.
    Here I use a sponge to apply slightly the polish (I use the white milky polish from Blackstyle).
    If you use it a lot, have it in everyday use and there is a lot of friction to it, then you will of course see after some time that the latex might become doll there. But I cant tell you how long that will take.
    Prone to I can only say, the thicker the latex the better, dont make gardening furniture out of it and dont stand with your shoes on it. 🙂

  4. Ralf Says:

    Moin aus dem Ruhrpott . Der Hocker sieht ja genial aus . Gefällt mir . Nur eine Frage ; Latex sollte man für gewöhnlich nicht lange dem Sonnenlicht aussetzen . Wie steht es dann mit der Haltbarkeit des schönen Stückes aus ? Lg , Ralf

  5. Thad Grey Says:

    I Love it! Having done some leather upholstery work I have found that there are leather upholstery tacks that look really nice you can get them in lots of different finishes. Also if because I am used to sewing it and not gluing it I would have put a flap on each side of the corner cut then seamed that together folding the flap inside would this work as well for Latex?

  6. Lucía Says:

    Your website is amazing, congrats!

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