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How to improve the looks of a old chair by reupholstering it

This article will cover how to upholster a chair. Most people do not know how to upholster a chair properly and assume it to be either too time consuming or not worth it. But it’s a simple process that can drastically improve the looks of a worn out chair.The first step on how to upholster a chair is to remove all the old fabric. You will want to follow along all the seams and pry the old fabric from the frame of chair. This can be a bit tricky but if you take your time the end results will be better. If you have a flat head screwdriver lying around I’ve found these to be very good at prying the fabric up when the chair is made from wood and has staples holding the fabric down. If you don’t have a flat head screw driver a dull kitchen knife can be used. What ever you end up using take care not to scratch the chairs frame. If you encounter any cardboard like material set it aside for later. Once you have gotten all the old fabric off it is a good idea to vacuum out any dust or dirt that may have accumulated over the years. While not as important I like to Febreze everything and let it dry out.

Before-and-after-upholstery-antique-chair

Before-and-after-upholstery-antique-chair

Now that you have all the old material off the next step in how to upholster a chair is going to be cutting the new fabric. Since every chair is different the amount of material required will vary. But it’s always better to buy too much then to run out. You will want to lay the new fabric out flat then take the old fabric pieces and lay them down on the new fabric to arrange them so that there is no big gaps between pieces. This will help conserve material. Once you have all the old pieces laid on top of the new fabric you can start to carefully cut out the new pieces. I usually allow for a little extra on each piece since you always trim excess fabric off later. Once you have all the pieces cut we can move on with how to upholster a chair.

How to improve the looks of a old chair by reupholstering it

How to improve the looks of a old chair by reupholstering it

If you encountered any cardboard when taking the chair apart you will want to add it back in the same way it came out. If the cardboard is in bad shape you can get new cardboard to replace it. Carefully align all the pieces you took off upside down onto the fabric you cut out. You want to secure one side with a staple to hold things in place. You then want to lay down some fabric glue around the edges but it is a good idea to check the material is the correct size before apply the glue. Then you want to apply another staple to the opposite side to hold things in place. Make sure your fabric is taut and not slack. Repeat this process for the remaining sides. Simply repeat these steps for all pieces being upholstered.

old chair reupholstering

old chair reupholstering


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