I may have a master’s degree in American Decorative Arts and the rare training to spot a genuine antique, but I’m not ashamed to say I absolutely love IKEA. It’s my Disney World. Go to the North Jersey IKEA on a Saturday and you’ll find countless languages being spoken, families of all shapes and sizes, bright colors, themed vignettes, tasty food, and hopefully a souvenir or two to take home. And there’s no entrance fee, so it’s better than Disney, really…
Not to mention that even if most of the furnishings are cheaply made from MDF, they are at the very least well-designed and affordable. Furniture makes my heart go pitter-patter, and little by little I’m building up a collection of furnishings I really love—gleaned from my parent’s cast-offs, garage & estate sales, and special finds at random stores. But it will be years before everything in my house is something I truly love, so in the meantime I’m happy to make do with what I’ve got: i.e. IKEA.
I’ve had this Poang chair for years, and it’s just sat in the corner of the living room, completely nondescript and boring.
So I decided to give it new life (or life at all) and redo the cover in a bold print. I’m really not at all into animal print, and never thought I would have it in my home, but I found a really beautiful and bold zebra fabric on sale and decided it would work with the science/curio theme we’ve got going in the living room. So I got to work “reupholstering” my IKEA chair.
It definitely spices up the corner.
I reverse engineered the original cover to create the new one, and since I had to make detailed notes and directions for myself I decided to compile a little tutorial for anyone else who might want to take a stab at re-covering a Poang. Some basic sewing knowledge and a few yards of fabric and you’ll be on your way…