How to Cover Metal Folding Chairs for a Wedding

by Rochelle Leggett

Items you will need

  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

When welcoming guests at a large party, such as a wedding, seating may become a problem. Metal folding chairs are a convenient choice because they are easy to find and rent and are very simple both to set up and to put away, which reduces the time it takes to prepare the decorations for the event. Unfortunately, metal folding chairs are noted for their convenience, not their attractiveness, and you may be unhappy with the look of your seating. There are many ways to cover metal folding chairs, each with different advantages and disadvantages.

Step 1

Drape tulle in swags across the backs of chairs. This is a convenient solution for chairs that are lined up in a row, but can be used for individual chairs as well. This doesn't cover the entire chair, but also doesn't require sewing and doesn't require the fabric investment of a full chair cover.

Step 2

Make chair covers. You can purchase a chair cover pattern or design one, and chair covers typically require only a little sewing skill. You can also make chair covers that only cover the back of the chair, which is easier than covering the entire chair. This method, however, requires a large amount of fabric, and the time involved to make chair covers for a lot of guests may be prohibitive.

Step 3

Rent chair covers. It is possible to find companies that will rent attractive chair covers to you for a wedding. If you have a lot of guests, this may be your best option, as there is no sewing required or chair covers and tulle to deal with after the wedding. However, finding chair covers to rent may be difficult in areas that do not have weddings often or in rural areas.

Step 4

Cover the chairs according to a theme. Many weddings have an overall theme to add to the fun of the wedding, and adding decorations to the chairs that match the theme can distract guests from the appearance of the chairs themselves. For instance, if the bride and groom both enjoy music, you could decorate the chairs by hanging a record and some ribbons on the backs of the chairs. For a natural or fairy-themed wedding, cover the chair backs with some flowers and sheer fabric.

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