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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Upholstered Ikea Chair

Ikea Pello Chair After
With a new baby due in just a few weeks, it was about time that I started to get things ready for his arrival. The baby will be in our bedroom for the first few months so there was no need for me to be in a rush to set up his actual bedroom. However we did need to order him a small bassinet that we would be putting in our bedroom. We also got the Pello chair from Ikea that had just the perfect amount of bounce and comfort for the hours on end that I would be nursing and rocking our sweet little baby in. I didn't want a big bulky rocker that would steal even more space from our bedroom, so this was the perfect compromise and is even more comfortable than you might expect. However I was not thrilled with the only two cushion color options...white and black.
Ikea Pello Chair Before
With a 2 year old running around I knew that both white and black would show any and every sort of grease, grime or stain. So I decided I would just reupholster the cushion. I ordered a beautiful patterned fabric from fabric worm that I thought would help hide any smudges or smears of food or dirt that might find its way onto the chair at any given time. I only needed 4 yards of fabric for this Ikea cushion makeover. 

The cushion, once the neck flap is folded back, is really just one big rectangle. So if you can sew four straight lines than you've got this one in the bag!!

I literally just measured the length and width of the cushion and made sure to leave enough allowance for the thickness as well as when the cushion is folded in the chair. I then just sewed up the two long sides and one short side. Then I put the original cushion into the new slip cover and sewed up the last short side. It could not have been any easier and only took me about 30 minutes. I was able to make it so seamlessly and fast that I had time to add a great pillow for some extra back support!

Now all we have to do is wait for this little one to make his arrival into the world! 


  1. I love it! Can't wait to meet the new little guy!

  2. This is lovely! I do think you have a Poang chair and not a Pello. You can tell the difference in the angle of the wooden supports and the thickness of the seating.


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