Saved By The Duck {Office Chair 911}

Saved By The Duck {Office Chair 911}

Sad Office ChairMany years ago, I had this awesome leather office chair.  It was one of those high back, leather, executive office type deals.  I bought it back before kids, you know – when I had time and money to really be picky about my office chair.  After only a few years of the kids being on the scene, my poor chair had taken all the abuse it could handle.  The seat was flat – cushioning long gone – and the leather had finally worn through in several places.  After I had to start sitting on a pillow, with another shoved behind my back for support, I gave up and resigned myself to the fact that buying a new office chair would be on my to-do list.

I don’t know how many of you have tried to troll the office furniture sections of your favorite big box stores with your kids in tow, but it is not fun. Not at all. After many rushed trips in and out of stores, I finally found a chair that I could settle on. It’s never been as nice as my beloved chair of old, but it’s been ok. At least it was ok…

This happened a week ago.  Wah!  I knew it was only a matter of time.  I could feel the material getting thinner by the day.  I debated going out and buying a new chair, but honestly, I wasn’t all about dropping the money on a new chair when the only thing wrong with this one is a little tear. My plan for revival?  Well, it started pretty simply enough and just the way my daddy would’ve suggest I fix my problem… Duck Tape.  There’s a saying “Duck Tape fixes everything.”  It’s pretty accurate.  I headed out to Walmart, girl in tow, to find a roll of “pretty” Duck Tape – maybe something that would match the walls, and then I was going to patch the little hole in my chair and move on. The girl had other plans for the chair and I.

Duct Tape Chair

It’s A Zoo Out There

My walls are neither black or white, nor do they have that lovely zebra pattern going on. They are a creamy tan and a turquoise color – No, zebra doesn’t match. The girl, turning on her charm, convinced me to go with the zebra print because, well, it was the most fun.  After all, I was only patching a little hole.  We could use the rest for some American Girl project or something.  Except, that’s not at all how patching the chair went. In addition to fixing just about anything with Duck Tape, you can also do a pretty bang up job of redesigning with it too.  My little patch job turned into a full on upholstery job.  With Duck Tape.

I’ve got to say, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.  In all honesty, cutting the tape off the roll (it’s so thick) was the hardest part.  I didn’t even try to line up the pattern, there really wasn’t any point, and it looks just fine.  It took a roll to do the seat, and when I’m at Walmart this weekend, I’ll grab a second roll for the back.  $9 for a chair makeover?  Yes, please!  Not only was it cheap, but it’s super fun too!

Happy Office ChairI know it won’t last forever, but it’ll buy me a little time to look for a more suitable replacement and perhaps I’ll be able to find something more like my old, faithful office chair of days gone by.  Something comfortable enough to sleep in.  Something that will last for years.  Something that my children won’t be allowed to touch.

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27 Responses to Saved By The Duck {Office Chair 911}

  1. Jane says:

    We’ve been saved by duck tape many a time!

  2. There is actually a girl at my work that duck-taped this exact pattern on her arm thingies. 🙂

  3. You actually made that look quite good. I thought duct tape on an office chair you were just going to put a little square of duct tape but no you made that look awesome lol

  4. This is so fun!! I love the print you chose!

  5. Jamie says:

    Very, very cute! I would totally do something like this to our office chair!

  6. Carly says:

    Gotta love duck tape!

  7. jennifer says:

    Clever!! I would think to try and match the color exactly and then have an awkward black tape line covering the other black color, because you know the blacks would never match.

    This is such a great idea and will definitely keep it in mind if I ever run into this situation with my own chair!

  8. Jamie says:

    Cute! I’ll have to keep this in mind for if ours breaks.

  9. J Carpenter says:

    HAHA! This is awesome! I love that Duck tape comes in all sort of pretty designs now. I used it a lot before but now it looks pretty when I’m done. Glad you could save your beloved chair!

  10. This is awesome! Duck Tape really does fix everything!

  11. Jenna Em says:

    Thanks very neat what you did to your chair with duck tape! I like how they did an animal pattern.

  12. Jen says:

    Love this! Is there anything you CAN’T do with duct tape??

  13. Jen says:

    Ahhh! I love this idea! It is so resourceful and it looks great! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Jen says:

    That is awesome! I love the new and improved version. I think they have hot-pink and neon colors, too? How fun – and the stuff is durable! It’s duct tape for cryin out loud. Love this post and think it’s so creative.

  15. pretty sure i am NOT showing my daughter this post or our house will be covered in duck brand tape! great fix by the way

  16. Jamila says:

    I like the chair’s new look. I just bought some gold and leopard print duct tape for a DIY project that I want to try. #SITSblogger

  17. Jessica says:

    This is such a fantastic idea. Would have never thought of this. Thank goodness for bloggers! If this ever happens, I know what to do. 🙂 Stopping by from your SITS tribe. Have a great day!

  18. Jelli says:

    Now this is one fun chair! Love that redo. Looks great!

  19. Jenn Rian says:

    So cute, you would never even know that it’s Duck Tape. That stuff is amazing! Do you know they have some kind of prom competition each year where the kids MAKE their prom dresses out of Duck Tape?! It’s really amazing what creative people can do with this stuff! (Here from SITS)

  20. Jaime says:

    Okay. Now that is adorable and I love it!!!! Duck tape saves the day!


  21. Jessica says:

    That is so cute and creative! It looks like a totally different (and happy) chair! Thanks for sharing! I came by via the SITS challenge. 🙂

  22. Jennie says:

    O.k. SO this is SOOOO stinkin cute and super easy! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for sharing! Genius! #SITSblogging

  23. Jeanette says:

    Haha…nice work I must say. Thanks for sharing this. #SITSBlogging

  24. Inez says:

    This looks awesome! I need to get me some of that tape!

  25. How awesome. Gosh I couldnt ever be this creative!

    Stopping by from the SITS Challenge!

  26. Janet says:

    You turned that chair from drab to fab! Loved the way you remedied the damage mad Mage you chair tres chic! #sitsblogging

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