If you’re looking to create a new look for your space, reupholstering an old chair is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to do it. All you need is a few hours and some basic supplies from your local hardware store.
How to reupholster a chair? It is surprising how easy it is to reupholster a chair. Of course, you should not consider this way light, but after all the thought and planning that goes into this process, I promise you will see your efforts come full circle with tremendous rewards.
Furthermore, it’s so lovely to have the option of reupholstering your furniture. It is fun and easy, can save you a ton of money over purchasing new items if it isn’t in good condition anymore. But, what about when there are no tutorials available for the chair or sofa you want to upholster?
Don’t fret because we tried our different methods on several chairs with all kinds of fabrics. In addition, you can also reupholster the dining chairs by following the steps covered in this article. So now get started making something fabulous today!
Pro Tip: Must capture some images of your old chair before disassembling it.
1. Collect The Tools
To reupholster a chair, you will need the following tools:
- Flathead screwdriver
- Phillips head screwdriver
- New fabric
- Metal snips
- Pneumatic drill
- Air pinner
- Nail punch
- Glue gun
- Sewing machine or manual sewing
- Needle nose pliers
- Socket wrench with sockets for screws on the chair
- Measurements for seat covers
- Knife or razor blade
2. Remove The Fabric
The first step in reupholstering a chair is to remove the fabric from the old chair. You don’t want it to be challenging to take off because this will make it more difficult to put on the new chair.
1) Remove any nails holding the fabric to the chair’s frame using a claw hammer or pry bar.
2) Cut through any loops holding pieces of fabric together with heavy-duty scissors or shears.
3) Remove any staples holding pieces of the fabric together by running a flat head screwdriver between two counter-opposing corners and pulling up on each side of the metal staple.
4) Pull out any Velcro circles on rough surfaces with your fingers, leaving enough room for a screwdriver to pry under the Velcro and remove it.
5) Strip away any batting, foam, or another lining from the seat. The desired amount of fabric to be used on a chair depends on its size and style. If you have too much extra material, it will be challenging to get an excellent fit when securing it to the chair. On the other hand, if you do not have enough fabric, you will be left with an unsightly amount of exposed wood or metal.You Can Also Read: Best Office Chairs Under 500
3. Replace The Batting
If the chair has stains or worn out batting, take it off and repair if necessary before sanding down the frame/legs to prime and paint them for new life!
The process for covering a chair back and the seat is pretty similar. Start by cutting the batting to cover both areas, or if you don’t need it, cut pieces of fabric instead. Then staple down the back first before doing so with the front side, since staples on this part will be more visible once done.
Pull each section completely inside to prevent visual indentations. As a result, you’ll be able to make your finished product look neater
4. Create A New Pattern
Creating a pattern is an important step in how to reupholster an office chair. Fabric matching is crucial to the success of your newly reupholstered chair. Ensure that you use materials from a similar period for an optimal end result, and be sure not to mismatch colors as well, or else it will take away from its appeal instead of enhancing it!
Right side up, take out the original pieces on top of new fabric and pin in place. Cut around the edge, leaving 2 to 3 inches extra for stapling later. Repeat this process until all sections are cut from both fabrics.
Now take each section that was just cut, making sure they line up with markings such as direction or seams before clamping them together using staples or gluing if necessary, then move onto the next step once done
5. Attach New Base Fabric
The fabric should be secure, smooth, and with no excess. Staple strategically on the chair back where they will not show after being covered by a panel. Trim any excess material once you are satisfied with your staple job.
If reupholstering the seat, replace the new cover over it after removing any old staples from where they were attached. Then, pulling at them as needed to ensure that no fabric is left hanging loose or wrinkled underneath, staple into place by starting with a corner and working toward the front of the chair until all four sides are done.
6. Create Welting
Welting is a decorative way to cover the edges of the fabric with contrasting material, often on yardage for quilt making. To make welting for upholstery, you will need fabric for the welting, thread, or yarn in the same size weave as your fabric, pins, measuring tape, and a sewing machine.
Hem one short edge of your fabric by folding about an inch of it over and sew. Cut strips of your material at least 1″ wide and lay them out on top of each other.
Position them so that their width equates to the finished width of your welting. (If you’re making welting for a sofa, this is usually about 5/8″ wide). Next, sew the fabric strips with an appropriately sized sewing machine needle and heavy-duty thread or yarn that matches the fabric.
7. Sew The Welting
To simplify the process, use a zipper foot on your sewing machine to sew welting. Sewing by hand will take much longer than operating your sewing machine!
With a pen in hand, carefully place the side panel on top of the seat fabric. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure that both sides are even and straight before affixing them with pins at their proper alignment points.
Now mark where you will be attaching bottom welting by drawing a line around it with your pencil or chalk, allowing an extra inch beyond the final stopping point for seam allowance.
To make a finished edge on the new chair seat, fold one end of the piping under before attaching it to the right-side fabric. Next, stitch across both sides of the panel using welting starting from the top.
Remove all pieces from inside except for the backboard, then attach the cushion cover by slipping it into place over the frame. In addition, this guide is also about how to upholster a wooden chair. You can just follow these simple steps and done.You Can Also Read: How to Reupholster a Chair Seat
8. Attach The Sides, Back, and Underside
A tack strip is going to be added around the panel top against welting and staple in place. Fold side down over tack strip, pull tight, and staple fabric underneath the seat with bottom welting snugly along the edge of the chair. Snip notches in excess fabric underseat using a flathead screwdriver while smoothing corners before tucking any extra fabric inside.
Now, for the back, staple the right side of the back panel over a tack strip at the top. Make sure to pull tight and fold the bottom edge under before stapling it on the underside of the chair!
At last, attach the underside. For this, add an element of surprise to your old chairs by reupholstering them. To begin, cut a piece of black breathable fabric for the underside using your existing piece as guidance. Then, flip it upside down and staple the fabric onto itself to cover any springs or webbing that might be exposed on top, while acting as dust covers underneath.
Make sure it’s tight against welting; then conceal all raw edges with this layer before flipping right-side-up again, so you can enjoy!
So, this was a complete guide about how to reupholster a chair. Reupholstering a chair is an easy way to give your home a new look. It’s also one of the most affordable ways to update furniture pieces in your living room, dining room, or bedroom.
If you need help with this project and want more information to make it easier for you, please contact me! I would love to hear from you and answer any questions that come up. As well as provide some helpful tips on what supplies you will need to start a project.
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