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As I shared on my last post, I have a lot of projects I finish before going to bed rest that I never got to share here, so I am going to start with one I wish I would have taken pictures of the process. I know not a lot of people would not go the DIY route specially when it's just an Ikea chair, but as you all know I love renovating them!

For the nursery I knew I wanted the poang chair, at first I wanted the rocking chair version, but in one visit to Ikea I tried both and found the rocking version uncomfortable for me (I'm pretty tall) to get up easily.

Ofcourse on that trip to Ikea I did not get the chair, since I had months before I was actually going to start with the nursery, I hunted on Craiglist until I found the chair and the footstool for $20, but with no covers. That was actually perfect because I wanted to make my own cushions and covers anyways. I wanted a thinker foam because I figured I'll be on that chair a lot, the price of the chair and covers I wanted at Ikea would have been $198 ($129 for the chair and $69 for the footstool) but I actually spent only $60 on mine making the cushions from scratch thanks to holiday sale coupons =] I say pretty good!

I also decided to paint the structure and made all the covers very easy to remove because I figured I'll be washing it very often, I decided to attach it to the chair in a different way, so that the back will be covered with fabric, it seemed a lot cleaner to me than the original Ikea covers.

Below you can see both the footstool and chair together, I used the ZigZag twill storm print from Premier prints (you will see a lot of that fabric in the nursery) I used a 3″ thick foam for the cushions and them I wrap it on lots of batting. I made plain white covers for the cushions and then the cover in the fancy fabric.

For the back I actually made 3 separate cushions that are “tied together”by the cover, 2 small ones for the top that are in the slip portion of the cover, they have back snaps so that the cushions don't end up all over the place, and a bottom one that goes in the pocket of the front. To close the back I also added snaps so that the look would be more uniform.

The bottom piece has a zipper that secures the cushion inside the cover and has side straps that overlap to secure the bottom piece to the chair, I also secured them with snaps.

I really liked the way it turn out and even tho the fabric is pretty light, the fact that the covers are easy to take and wash makes it a lot better. I've been sitting there a lot to “test” it out just holding Curly and so far I am loving it! Ken also loves it but for some reason he likes to lay on the center rug of the nursery more than the chair hehe.

I hope this inspire someone else to also try the DIY route, it's so much cheaper and of course I love the fact that you can customize the shape of the covers.

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!!

ps. I'm having lots of contractions but no baby yet! Tomorrow is my due date so we'll see if this little peanut wants to come soon =]




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44 replies
  1. Joanna Orlikowska
    Joanna Orlikowska says:

    I love it! I never realised you can make such a pretty one from the Ikea chair! I have to think about it, as this is the favorite chair of my husband. Now we need to find our own way of renovation :D Thank you for sharing the photos of your work, they are great! :)
    P.S. I keep my fingers crossed for tomorrow! ;)

  2. lily
    lily says:

    an amazing project.I have the same chair and love the idea.

    Cant wait to see the DIY PEANUT <3 wish you a safe birth :)

  3. Tracy @ The UnCoordinated Mommy
    Tracy @ The UnCoordinated Mommy says:

    This looks amazing!! I still have to recover two of my old gliders but I have been too intimidated by the process. :) You have inspired me to get my butt in gear!!! :)

  4. Lola
    Lola says:

    Hi Joy,
    Good luck on the birth of your baby!
    Thank you for the inspiration on renovating your Ikea chair. I have two of them plus a love seat from Ikea, and have been wanting to make new covers for them. I never thought to use thicker foam. Your chair is lovely and I know you will love it. This chair was my favorite chair when my children (now 6 yrs and almost 3 yrs) were born. It worked really well with a Boppy.

    Good luck!

  5. Charmaine
    Charmaine says:

    Great job Joy! I don’t know if I would have had the guts to do a DIY on that chair…yours turned out fantastic!

    Good luck with the birth of your little one…hope everything goes smoothly.

  6. Charmaine
    Charmaine says:

    I don’t know if I would have had the guts to do a DIY on that chair…yours turned out fantastic! Great job!

    Good luck with the birth of your little one…hope everything goes smoothly.

  7. Jody
    Jody says:

    First, I looved that chair! You are so clever :) second, I hope you have a smooth delivery! I can’t wait to see the full room and your little Peanut. Good luck!

  8. Sewing Princess
    Sewing Princess says:

    I love Poang chairs…we have 3 at home and all my family has one. You did an amazing job with the cover. You’re so talented!. Good luck…can’t wait to see you on the chair with the baby!

    • Joy
      Joy says:

      Hi Emily, I actually used the same paint that we got for the walls, I just sanded the surfaces very well, primed and applied the paint with a roller =]

  9. Jen
    Jen says:

    Hello, I love the chair! Congrats on your son, I actually had a boy a few days after you on 10/16 also over 9 pounds – big boys :).

    I know you are super busy, but I was wondering if you could give some additional details about this project. If you are too busy, I completely understand.

    About how many yards of fabric did you use?

    What were your cushion measurements (including the footstool)?

    Can you show where you slide the cushions into the covers?

    Did you do anything special when painting the fram aside from sanding and priming?

    Did you use oil or latex paint on the frame?

    Thanks so much for the inspiration. Enjoy your little fellow!

    • Joy
      Joy says:

      Hi Jen, congrats on your boy too!! =]

      Actually I have no idea how much fabric I used for this project, I purchased 7 yards of the chevron fabric and made the crib bumper, this chair cover, added pieces to the dresser panels and cover the inside of the diaper storage, that left me with a 3/4 extra yard.

      I didn’t made templates for this and pretty much measured as a sewed, the top cushion is divided in two and the slide from the bottom and the seat has a zipper and slided from behind.

      I didn’t do anything else besides sanding, priming and painting the frame and my paint was water based (not the best option) but i figure it would be safer for me since i painted this while pregnant (with proper protection)

      I’m sorry I can’t be of more help!

  10. Eils
    Eils says:

    Love the whole concept, my Ikea cushion is constantly sinking into the back gap really annoying, also love the thicker cushions… A job to add to my moms list when she comes to visit… hands too full to do myself with a 3mth and 2 year old

    • Joy
      Joy says:

      That is awesome that you can have your Mom do this for you! I wish mine would have been here sooner so she could help me with this =]

  11. Nikki
    Nikki says:

    Same comment as Jen earlier–can you post a pattern or give more details of exactly how you did this?? I am in absolute awe of the finished product and would love a step-by-step with instructions to help guide me through it!

    • Joy
      Joy says:

      Hi Nikki,

      I’m sorry but this was kind of a long process and lots of measuring-cutting-error because it all depends on the thickness of your foam and how many layers of batting you have, so that was the reason why I decided not to make a tutorial, it would have been way too many steps and complicated. I was a lot of fun though and since I only worked on it a couple of hours a day it didn’t feel like it was so long.

  12. Trish
    Trish says:

    Congrats on baby!

    Love that you painted you chair. I am thinking of doing the same. Has the paint held up so far? Any cracking?

    • Joy
      Joy says:

      Hi Trish,

      Thank you! So far the paint is holding super good, I think the more you sand the better it will hold ;)

  13. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    Hi! Thanks for the idea! I went and bought that same chair for my nursery. We wanted to keep it modern. I’m starting mine this week but I won’t be able to do it as fancy as you did. I bought the thick cushion at IKEA so it’s a different cushion that you had but I’m not sure how I’m going to do this! Wish me luck!

  14. Karina
    Karina says:

    Hey!! Do you think I can use the same concept for the Ikea Pello Chair? How many yards of fabric did you used for this project!! Im dying to try this it looks beautiful!

    • Joy
      Joy says:

      Hi Karina! I think the same concept works perfect, maybe just alter the lines to fit the structure better? I bought 6 yards of fabric and I did this chair, the crib bed skirt, cover the front panels of the dresser and the inside of the diaper baskets, so I’ll say about 3 1/2, but If I were you I would buy more just in case =] you can always make other projects with the left overs.


  15. Aislinn
    Aislinn says:

    How has the paint held up after months of use? I think I’m going to get the rocker version for my nursery, but I’d love to paint it.

    • Joy
      Joy says:

      So far it’s awesome, not one crack or scratch and it’s been almost a year since I paint it. I think it has a lot to do that my Son is still small and hasn’t had an opportunity to destroy it =]

  16. nancypantsgirl
    nancypantsgirl says:

    This is FANTASTIC!! I think I would seriously buy this from you! I am wanting to make a new better cushion/cover for mine and this is PERFECT. Great job. So pretty and functional. IKEA should hire you. This is a much better cover and cushion design than theirs!

  17. hannah
    hannah says:

    Would you consider making and selling those cushions…or even just a slip cover for the chair cushions? I love that fabric and design! My husband just bought this and I am not at all a fan of the colors he chose. Plus the chevron prob is amazing!please email me if you would consider.

    • Joy
      Joy says:

      Hi Hannah!

      I’m sorry, this was a very time consuming project, so kind of a one-time thing. Don’t get me wrong it was a lot of fun, but since I made it without a template or pattern it took me awhile to fit everything correctly, and I dint save any of my scrabbled notes with the measurements and stuff.

      I would definitely encourage you to give it a try if you like it and are good at sewing, but I’m staying away from making more of these =] I’m sorry!
      I hope you hada lovely weekend!

      Joy –

  18. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    Joy, I love what you did with your Ikea chair! I have 2 of the same chair and had been toying with the idea of making my own cover for a long time but not being such an experienced sewer I feared it would be too complex for me. After I saw how beautiful your chair turned out I figured I just had to try it. I’m so glad I did! It was quite time consuming, of course, I was starting from scratch, no pattern or instructions anywhere. But now that I’m done I’m very happy with my chairs :) Thanks for inspiring!

    P.S.: For everyone asking about how much fabric, I bought 4m (1.45m wide) for 2 chairs and needed to buy a bit extra for the ottoman.

  19. Noreen Fallon
    Noreen Fallon says:

    I have a similar chair but my cushion slips over the back of the chair and under the seat, I can’t remember where I bought it but I need a replacement prefably a leatherette one. I have made covers for it before, but Ilike I said I would like a leatherette can anyone help please. Noreen

  20. Carissa
    Carissa says:

    Hey there! Would you be willing to make a step by step tutorial for these cushions? It is a great idea but how you did it is kind of unclear. Thanks!

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  22. Ashey
    Ashey says:

    Wow! I LOVE Pöang chairs but have never been crazy about the patterns! However, i am no where near crafty enough to make this! I wish you had an Etsy shop or something to purchase it! Great job!

  23. Sor Angela
    Sor Angela says:

    Blessings. I found your poang chair on Pinterest, and I love it. Please can you tell us the snaps you’d used to keep the cushion from sliding. I love to make them the same as you, but with other fabric, although I love it, my grandchildren won’t keep them clean for long. I also browsed through your blog, and I must congratulate you for the beautiful family and all your handy postings. Thanks.

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