Instead of paying $90 apiece for them like they charge at Pottery Barn, I was able to make them for about $12 each.
I covered the chairs with some home dec fabric I bought at Walmart, of all places. You know how they have random bolts of fabric sometimes? I originally bought it for Eliza's room, and never used it until now.
I'm not fond of installing zippers, nor did I have any super long zippers, so I made the slipcovers with velcro closures on the bottom instead. Here are some photos of Hyrum demonstrating the many practical uses and varied configurations of our new U chairs:
Needless to say, the kids have been having a great time turning our house into even more of a jungle gym. The only unforseen problem is that they fight over whose is whose, the crazy kids. Try using reason ("They're exactly the same, kids - it doesn't matter which one you play with!!") with a 3 and 6 year old and it doesn't always register. Sigh. I thought I'd be averting arguments by making them identical! Maybe I'll have to mark them somehow to distinquish whose belongs to whom.
I guess I can't be too surprised about what my kids get worked up about. After all, when I was growing up (I'm the middle of 5 children) we'd argue over who had more milk in their glass at dinner time. I remember somebody (it may have been me, I honestly can't remember)even insisting that the ice cream bowls were weighed on a scale to ensure that we all had EXACTLY the same amount. Looking back on it, I realize now how much patience my parents had with us...and what Steve and I have to look forward to! :-)