It is important to maintain your home cinema seats. It is the core of a great experience. Hiring someone to upholster your home cinema seats may be costly. Purchasing replacement items is not practical if it is still not yet beyond repairs. A new home cinema seat usually costs around $250-$1000. Reupholstering can sometimes be only $50 or less. It is easier than most people think it is.

Things you will need:

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Foam rubber cushion
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Gorilla Glue


  1. Remove the cushion or cushions you will reupholster. There are cushions screwed in place. There are also those wedged in and can pop out with ease.
  2. Measure the cushion using the tape measure. Add about 3 to 6 inches to the length and width. This will allow for the cushion depth. It will also provide excess for attaching the new seat cover. Do not forget to jot down the measurements on a piece of paper.
  3. Old fabrics are often stapled. Use the pliers to pry up the staples. Then use the screwdriver to remove the old fabric from the cushion.
  4. Examine the condition of the cushion under the old fabric. You need to replace it if the cushion is deteriorating, flat or already has an awful smell.
  5. Visit a local fabric store. Refer to your measurements to ensure that you buy enough. You also need to buy a piece of foam rubber if you will replace the cushion.
  6. Use the seat board where the old cushion used to be as a stencil. Use a pencil to trace the shape of the cushion on the foam rubber. And on the backside of the fabric.
  7. Squeeze a generous amount of the Gorilla Glue on the underside of the foam rubber. You can then line up the foam rubber with the seat board. Then press it into place.
  8. Turn the seat upside-down so that the cushion is on the bottom. Let it dry for about an hour. You can put books on the seat board to strengthen the adhesion.
  9. Lay the new fabric on a table with its underside facing up. Place the seat cushion with the cushion side facing down. Make sure you put it in the center of the fabric. You should start on one edge. Hold on the center of the fabric and pull it taut. Then staple it to the seat board.
  10. Move to the opposite of the staple, pull the fabric taut again and put one staple in the center. Continue this until you finish all sides. Each edge should have one staple in the center, pulling the fabric in a snug manner. Then you can staple an entire edge.
  11. Staple along one edge. Make sure to leave about an inch of unstapled fabric close to each corner. You better cut off some of the excess fabric at the edges.
  12. Pull the corner fabric around. Check that it reaches up to the back of the seat board. Make sure it is firm and smooth with no bunchy areas. Staple these at least three times.
  13. You can now reattach the seat cushion to the home cinema seating. Screw it into place like before.

You can use the old fabric as a template if your home cinema seating has a padded back or armrests. Maintain those seats to avoid spending more than you can afford.