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Reupholstering Chairs: How to Reupholster a Chair in 5 Steps

upholstery tasks that you do on your own at home can modernize your furniture to match the aesthetic of your interior design and breathe new life into chairs that have seen years of use and abuse. The best way to get the most use out of your furniture is to learn how to reupholster chairs.

Why Reupholster a Chair?

upholstery can extend the life of an antique or new chair. An easy DIY reupholstery project will replace outdated chair seat fabric with new fabric and refresh your home’s look. Reupholstering a chair can save you money and reduce garbage that ends up in a landfill. You may locate a mid-century wingback chair or a pair of dining room chairs at a secondhand store. If you decide to update your decor again, you can give or sell the chair. Depending on the year, manufacturer, and wood frame quality (and your reupholstery work), a reupholstered chair may be profitable.

Materials for reupholstery

Although chair upholstery projects differ in intricacy and complexity, several tools can help:

1. Remove upholstery staples with pliers or a staple remover.

2. Scissors: Cut new seat fabric and eliminate extra with sharp scissors.

3. Screwdriver: Remove the seat cushion from the frame. Having different-sized Phillips and flathead screwdrivers is helpful.

A sewing machine can save you time and effort while upholstering.

5. Staple gun: Use a staple gun to attach batting or padding to the seat.

6. Tack strip: Use a tack strip to keep your tacking pattern uniform.

If this is your first time upholstering, you may need extra fabric for practice runs.

8. Webbing: Crisscrossed burlap webbing gives classic chairs’ seats solidity.

Chair Recovering

With the correct equipment and skills, reupholstering a chair may be easy and affordable. Step-by-step directions to ease your next upholstery project:

  1. Remove the seat cushion. Remove the chair’s seat from its frame. Turn the frame over to reach the chair’s screw.
  2. Remove old upholstery. Remove worn fabric carefully to preserve cut lines. Labeling fabric pieces might help you cut new cloth to the same proportions and assemble them easily. Label old fabric front, back, right, left, etc.
  3. Replace as needed. The cushion may have worn out over time. Outline the original cushion and cut fresh foam to match. The new cushion can be stapled to the seat base.
  4. Recover the seat. After cutting the new fabric to size, center the cushion on the reverse (pattern-free) side. Then staple the fabric taut. Fold the fabric, especially in corners, to avoid wrinkles and tucks.
  5. Secure seat to frame. Replace the chair cushion’s screws and reposition them.

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