• How To Upholster A Chair: A Step By Step Guide

    Over time, furniture such as sofas and chairs can become worn and faded from every day wear and tear and when this happens, it is all too easy to throw them out to buy new. However, it can be great fun to recycle and reupholster to create a new and unique piece of furniture for very little cost. Here we look at how to upholster a chair using a step by step guide:


    • Needle nose pliers
    • Paper and Pencil
    • Camera
    • Marker pen
    • Scissors
    • Staple gun and staples
    • Upholstery fabric
    • Straight pins
    • Sewing machine and heavy duty thread
    • Tack strips and welting
    • Upholstery tacks
    • Black breathable fabric for base of chair

    STEP 1

    Remove the bottom (black) cloth from the chair by carefully loosening the tacks or staples which hold it in place. Make notes or take photos as you do so to make reassembly a lot easier. Mark the pieces as you remove them and indicate on them top and bottom. Save any pieces of tack strip or welting to measure for new pieces. Try not to tear the fabric as you remove it as you will be using the old pieces as a pattern to cut new pieces.

    STEP 2

    Removed the old batting or padding from the back of the chair and from the seat. Check the springs and the webbing for damage and repair if necessary. Sand, re varnish or paint frame as required and leave it to dry thoroughly.

    STEP 3

    Cut a new piece of batting to cover the back of the chair and also one for the seat. Staple the pieces into place ensuring you fold them neatly on the corners.

    STEP 4

    Using a large flat surface (such as the floor) lay the original pieces of fabric the wrong way up on the wrong side of the new fabric. Checking carefully for any patterns, motifs or grain, carefully pin the old material into place and cut around it leaving 2 to 3 inches of excess fabric beyond the old staple marks on the old fabric. This gives you some fabric with which you can grab a firm hold of when stapling. Using your marker pen now transfer the marking for direction and placement onto the new fabric.

    STEP 5

    Now put your base fabric pieces onto the seat and the front of the chair back. Pull the fabric taut and staple it into place on the reverse of the chair back and on the apron of the chair seat. Keep the fabric smooth and place staples where they will be hidden by the back panel. Trim away any excess fabric.

    STEP 6

    Place the back panel of the chair back into position and fold the right side over the chair back. Apply a tack strip at the top and staple in to place. Fold the panel back over the strip pulling the fabric tight towards the bottom of the chair back. Fold the bottom edge under and staple.

    STEP 7

    Cut a new piece of black breathable fabric for the underside of your chair using the old piece as a template. Turn the chair upside down and staple into place to hide any springs or webbing. Finished! Enjoy your new piece of furniture!

    Nat Slater is an interior design blogger who has recently spent a lot of time getting to grips with reupholstery.

    This has been a guest post by Nat Slater

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