How To Reupholster An Armchair Chair

How To Reupholster An Armchair Chair

This is funny because I've been asking around about how to reupholster furniture. I'm glad you showed this. Brooke, you may not remember my ugly hand-me-down couches, but its past time for them to go. I will try to reupholster them and if it doesn't work, oh well. I'll let you know if it turns out. Thanks so much for doing this blog. Its one of my favorites.
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How To Reupholster An Armchair Chair

I never would have dreamed that I was capable of learning how to reupholster an armchair.  In fact, I wasn’t entirely sure that it was even possible!  But not only was it possible, it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I imagined.
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How To Reupholster An Armchair Chair

I have a green arm chair I purchased years ago, that one of our dogs used as a rubbing post along the back. I’ve been hauling it around for years saying I was going to reupholster it, even bought fabric a year ago. You’ve inspired me to get started. Thanks for the post.
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How To Reupholster An Armchair Chair

Hi Carrie , I have the same exact chair & have been procrastinating on starting the reupholster project. Besides the fabric, did you purchase any new materials (tack strips, nail tack strips, etc.)? How long did it take from start to finish? Just gauging if this is a 1 day or weekend proje t. Thanks!
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How To Reupholster An Armchair Chair

Would you like to learn how to reupholster a chair? Today I am sharing how I reupholstered our two wingback chairs in our dining room. I was not planning on sharing this video tutorial as the quality is horrible but so many of you have emailed over the course of the last few months asking for a tutorial so I decided I would try to edit the video as best as I could.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you, it’s a bit rough around the edges.  Instead of one long boring video, I decided to add clips of each section of the tutorial as we go. This way, if you don’t understand my visual tutorial, simply click the clip beneath and you can see me in action.
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How To Reupholster An Armchair Chair

from. If you want to change the look of a chair, you can reupholster it in your fabric of choice. All Things Thrifty has a spectacular tutorial on how it’s done. Another option, especially if you aren’t able to
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How To Reupholster An Armchair Chair

Well that pretty much sums up the basics for re-upholstering an old chair. There are going to be lots of roadblocks in your chairs, because every chair is different. Just remember to document the steps and order in which you remove parts, and you should be just fine. My chair took about 6 hours to complete, but yours may take longer. No matter how long it takes, be patient. Remember that at the end of the journey, you will have an amazing new chair for a fraction of the price! Here is a tip: Spray your new fabric down with Scotchgard or a similar product to protect it from spills and stains. It isn’t easy to clean an upholstered piece of furniture, so you should do what you can to protect it before stains happen.  Don’t forget to check out our website to find more DIY projects and our donation page!

How To Reupholster An Armchair Chair

The other pieces of fabric you can see on the edges of the picture are basically extensions of the fabric to help it to reach the part of the chair to staple into. Here is a piece of cardboard that finished the bottom. I am still in awe that furniture has cardboard in it. We saved the piece, and used fabric glue to adhere the fabric back to it. We then stapled it back on to the chair carefully. It’s hard to explain every single step, so just make sure that you pay attention to how the chair was originally put together. You will be reconstructing the chair to how it was done originally. We ran into a few bumps in the road along the way. For example, in places that we reupholstered right over the original fabric, there was several layers of fabric to staple through. My staple gun would not go far enough into the wood to make it secure, so we had Jen’s husband screw it into place to secure the fabric where it needed to be. I would also suggest to get a fabric that the pattern doesn’t matter which way it goes. Jen’s fabric had to be perfectly lined up, which I think she did a FABULOUS job, but it would be easier to learn and practice with a fabric that doesn’t matter which way it goes. Here is the end result. Great job Jen! She also reupholstered the giraffe one.
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Dearest Brooke – Being “ALL” about Thrifty, I was ecstatic to find your website on reupholstering chairs. You saved me from going nuts!! Thank you. I recovered a chair and a half and it looks fantastic!! It took awhile and I thought my husband might move out, for all the mess. But he loves “my chair”………….. I have to keep reminding him of that. “Sit in your own chair, honey, this one’s MINE”. May I make a suggestion about your site? I noticed there are some typos, so you may want to have someone proof read things for you whenever you update your information. Thanks for helping to turn a drab old chair into real jewel.
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Sew as required. This section is deliberately scant due to the fact that you need individual instructions depending on the chair type and the amount and type of panels being sewn. In general, you’ll need to sew seams in place, join front and back panels, arm panels, cushion panels, etc. You’ll also need to stitch a skirt if the chair has one. You’ll also need to add zippers and make any cuts needed to fit around parts of the chair. Some more precise examples are provided in the chair type sections noted below. Use straight seams for sewing upholstery fabric. For pleats, etc., you’ll need advanced sewing skills. If not, ask for help from a more experienced sewer. Strong fabric can easily break a domestic sewing machine; you may need access to an industrial one, or send the pieces along for someone else to stitch together for you.
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Using a staple puller/remover, gently remove fabric, staples and trim from chair (Image 1). Wear gloves and protective eyewear during this step. Label each piece of fabric removed with a permanent marker and take notes on how chair was assembled and where each fabric piece was secured (Image 2). If panels were stitched together, use a seam ripper to separate panels and make notes on how they were attached. Remove padding that would restrict access to frame where fabric needs to be secured. All other padding, webbing and springs can remain in place. Set aside pieces of cardboard, burlap, webbing, padding, etc. that can be reused. Once stripped, go back over frame with staple puller and remove any staples that would interfere with new staples when chair is reassembled (Image 3).
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Remove pins and old upholstery from each new fabric panel right before using it, so there is no confusion about what piece goes where. Most chairs should be assembled starting with the inside back, arms and seat. This chair required the back side of chair to be assembled first, followed by the inside back, seat and arms and then outside arms. Secure each panel with one staple to secure it in place and then a staple on each side to make sure panel fits properly and isn’t pulled in one direction or another. Make sure staples are in a straight line that can be covered by a piece of gimp trim (Image 1). Staples should be approximated 1/2″ apart. Seat backs should always be supported with burlap, cardboard or webbing and padding (Image 2). Tip: Don’t try to upholster a chair with an electric or manual staple gun. They are too bulky and not powerful enough for a project like this.
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When upholstering inside of chair back, spread fabric panel over chair back, making sure fabric pattern is lined up, if necessary. Place one staple at the top to hold panel in place. Tuck fabric through the back of chair frame and gently pull tight (Image 1). Pull fabric through sides and staple to frame to secure in place (Image 2). Be sure to not pull fabric too tight on one side to make pattern crooked. Once fitted and secured in a few places. Go around panel and insert staples every 1/4″ (Image 3). Leave bottom of seat back unstapled until fabric panel for seat is in place.
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Place seat fabric panel on seat and spread out. If a pattern needs to be lined up with inside of back, make sure it is lined up. Pull seat fabric through sides and back of chair. Once seat is in place, staple to frame. Follow your notes to see where to staple, tuck or fold fabric. Secure all pieces in back of chair to frame. In the case of this chair, the very back panel was stapled over the inside back and seat once those were secured to the frame. Repeat that process with inside arms.