Spruce Up That Old Office Chair

Fabric spray paint is one of the most ingenious inventions since the invention of paint itself. It’s certainly a great way to take an old sofa or armchair and make it look virtually new again, but home fabric furnishings aren’t the only place where this specialty spray fabric paint can be useful. It’s also a good way to spruce up your office space.

For business owners who are just starting out, saving money everywhere they can, is imperative to their startup. Whether you have a home office or you are leasing/renting office space, it’s going to cost you money to get functional office furniture. Even if you have a budget set aside for office furnishings, unless it’s a small fortune, you’re going to be looking at used furniture.

Used Furniture and Fabric Spray Paint

Used furniture, even in good condition, is often in dire need of some TLC (tender, loving care) to look good. Let’s say you find a well-made, comfortable, office desk chair, but the fabric on it is a bit faded, or maybe has a stain on it, but you just must have that chair. Don’t fret over it and don’t waste money on reupholstering when you can use fabric spray paint and bring it back to life.

One of the functions of fabric spray paint is to renew old furniture so that it’s presentable. If you see clients in your office space it’s crucial to make sure your office space looks good because that office represents your success and is one of the ways you’re presenting your brand to the public.

How Does Fabric Spray Paint Work?

One of the major considerations for using spray fabric paint is to choose the most suitable fabric. For instance, natural fibers and blends like cotton or cotton/poly blends are ideal for spray painting. However, high-quality fabric spray paint will cover a multitude of flaws on virtually any fabric. Here are the basics of how to spray paint your fabric office chair.


  • Remove any debris and clean the chair using a fabric brush and an upholstery cleaner.
  • Use a drop cloth, cardboard, or newspaper to cover the floor or ground where you intend to do the spray painting.
  • Use painters’ tape on any wood, metal, or plastic arms, legs, and anywhere you don’t want the fabric spray paint to cover.
  • Shake the spray paint can and start spraying your office chair.
  • Let it dry enough that it’s not tacky to the touch before moving it.
  • Avoid trying to clean it for at least 72 hours.

* Optional Prep – If you’re creating a design or pattern, have your stencil ready to tape onto the chair.

The Traits of Quality Fabric Spray Paint

When choosing fabric spray paint for your office furniture, look for a product that has these features/traits.

  • Easy to use
  • Soft to the touch
  • Designed for use on fabric
  • Non-toxic
  • Fume-free
  • Fade-resistant
  • CFC-free
  • Fast-drying
  • Safe for use around children
  • Dries at room temperature
  • Won’t rub off after it’s dry
  • Designed for absorbent materials

Read the label and make sure you’re getting a quality fabric spray paint before you invest in this kind of project.

After you choose your fabric paint and color, you’re ready to renew that old office chair.