Ikea Poang Chair Cover

When we bought our Poang chairs I remember being quite surprised at how comfortable they felt despite how they looked. They are our favorite seats in the house. We’ve had our chairs for several years now and the frame and cushions are still in great shape. The covers on the other hand had taken a good beating. A few stains, cats scratches and lots of $$$ into dry cleaning later, it was time to replace the covers. I wanted something that was easily removable, machine washable and that was reasonably priced. So of course I got myself a new DIY project – I had to make my own!

Poang coverIMG_1405

I bought 4.25m of upholstery fabric on sale from Fabricland.  This was enough for my 2 chairs and an ottoman with a bit of leftover.  I also used two 21″ long zippers per chair and one for the ottoman.   There were no patterns or instructions to be found so I came up with my own.  Something simple as I’m still a beginner sewer.   The old Ikea cover had the back part of the chair and the seat attached together.  This made removing the cushions and re-covering a bit of a nuisance so I decided to make my cover 2 separate pieces.

Here are the measurements that worked for me (includes ease and 3/4 inch seam allowances).

Back cushion:poang-back1
Front panel (cut 1) – 23.5″ w x 38″ h
Back panel (cut 1) – 23.5″ w x 31.5″ h
Side panels (cut 2) – 32″ w x 4″ h

– I have rounded one end of all the side panels to curve along the cushions.


Seat cushion:
Top panel (cut 1) – 23.5″ w x 28.5″ h
Bottom panel (cut 1) – 23.5″ w x 20.5″ h
Side panels (cut 2) – 22″ w x 4″ h

Ottoman cushion:
Top panel (cut 1) – 23.5″ w x 28.5″ h
Bottom panel (cut 1) – 23.5″ w x 20.5″ h
Side panels (cut 2) – 22″ w x 4″ h

Assembling the back cushion slipcover

– stitch the front panel and back panel, right sides together, along the width (this will sit at the top on the back of the chair) ;


– press the seams towards the back panel; top stitch;  you should now have one long rectangle piece of fabric.

– staystitch below in the bottom half of the front panel along the width; then staystitch again 1 cm below the first staystitch. This will prevent the fabric from warping over time.

– install the zipper along the width to close the long rectangle into a circle; this will sit at the bottom of the back cushion;  I have installed my zipper on the bottom of the cover with a flap so that the zipper is not shown.


– Attaching the side panels are a bit more tricky. With right sides together, align the square end of one of the side panels to the zipper part of the tube; continue pinning along all around until you are back at the zipper end; stitch all around;
– press the seams towards the front and back panels; pin and topstitch;


– repeat for the other side panel; remember to leave the zipper open when stitching the second side. When the time comes to topstitch, with the cover still inside out, carefully slide the open zipper under the sewing needle; you’ll be stitching through inside. Go slowly, adjusting after every few stitches. This part takes time and patience but it’s doable.

The seat cushion and the ottoman are assembled in the same manner as the back cushion.

Although this was a time consuming project it wasn’t as hard as I originally thought it would be. I’m really glad I stuck to it. Totally worth the time!


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