|Time takes its toll on fabrics. Whether
it’s due to wear and tear, sun fading, or soiling, over
time, you’ll find that the fabric on your furniture
doesn’t always hold up. Of course, many times we have
a favorite piece, be it because of its level of comfort, its
shape and size, its design, or sentimental value. When you
have a piece that you want to hold onto, you can always reupholster
it to give it a breath of new life.
Before we get into the step-by-step process of how to reupholster
a piece, there is one overarching piece of advice that you
should follow. Be sure to protect your eyes, mouth, and nose!
There’s no telling how much dust, dirt, and other fibers
might come out during the reupholstery process. It’s
best to protect your eyes, mouth, and nose by wearing a mask
and goggles. You’d hate to breathe anything in or get
anything in your eyes!
With that out of the way, let’s move on to the process.
There are likely nails that line the seat of your chair. These
nails are keeping the current upholstery fastened to the chair.
Remove these nails. If you plan to re-use them, be sure to
store them somewhere safe so that you don’t lose them
while completing the rest of your project.
In addition to these nails, there are likely staples holding
the fabric to the seat. Once the seat is removed from the
base (after Step 2), you’ll want to remove these staples
to loosen the fabric.
The seat of the chair is likely held onto the base of the
chair with screws. Carefully remove these screws, taking care
not to damage the base o the chair. If you don’t see
screws, there are likely nails at the bottom of the seat that
have been pushed into the base. If this is the case, carefully
pry the seat from the base.
Check the interior of the seat. How is the condition of the
springs, webbing, and burlap? If anything looks rotted or
unusable, remove and replace it.
You’ll want to use your old fabric as a guide in cutting
your new fabric, since you will want the sizing of the two
pieces to match. Lay the old fabric on top of the new fabric
and trace it. Once you have the outline completed, go ahead
and cut the new fabric to match the specs of the old fabric.
On a level work space, lay the new fabric down flat. Then
put the seat on it with the top facing down.
Stretch the fabric over the seat, and then staple the fabric
to the bottom of the seat. The fabric should be pulled tight
before you staple, so that the seat-side of the cushion is
Once you have fastened the fabric to the seat, replace the
seat back onto the base. If you would like to replace the
decorative nails from Step 1, do so at this time.
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