Simple Steps to Reupholster a Chair

Simple Steps to Reupholster a Chair

Reupholstering a chair can be a fun and rewarding DIY project that can breathe new life into old and worn-out furniture. Whether you want to update the look of your chair or restore a family heirloom, reupholstering allows you to customise your furniture to suit your style. While it may seem like a daunting task, with the right tools and a little patience, you can easily transform a tired chair into a stunning piece. In this blog post, we will guide you through the simple steps to reupholster a chair.

Step 1: Gather your materials

Before you begin, gather all the necessary materials. You will need a screwdriver, pliers, staple remover, staple gun, fabric, batting, foam (if necessary), and a pair of sharp scissors. Make sure to choose a fabric that is durable and suits your style preference.

Step 2: Choose your new fabric!

Creating a unique design: Choosing custom upholstery fabric allows you to create a unique and personalised look for your chair. You can select from our wide range of patterns, colours, and textures that match your style preferences and complement the chair's design.

If you're aiming to match the chair with existing décor or furniture, custom fabric allows you to find or create the exact matching or complementary fabric. You can buy upholstery fabric samples from us to help you decide on the perfect look. 

Disassemble the chair

Start by removing the seat cushion from the chair frame. Use a screwdriver to detach the seat from the frame, and if necessary, use pliers to remove any staples or nails holding the fabric in place. Take note (we take pics on our phone to be really sure!) of the order in which the pieces are removed to make reassembling easier later.

Step 3: Remove the old fabric

Carefully remove the old fabric from the seat cushion, taking care not to tear it. Use a staple remover or pliers to remove any staples or nails that are holding the fabric in place. Take your time during this step to avoid damaging the foam or batting underneath.

Step 4: Assess the condition of the foam and batting

Inspect the condition of the foam and batting underneath the old fabric. If they are worn out or damaged, you may need to replace them. Measure and cut new foam and batting to the same size as the old ones, and attach them to the seat cushion using spray adhesive.

Step 5: Cut and attach the new fabric

Lay your new fabric on a flat surface and place the seat cushion face down on top of it. Ensure that the fabric is positioned correctly and has enough excess to wrap around the cushion. Use a staple gun to attach the fabric to the cushion, starting from the center and working your way outwards. Pull the fabric taut as you go, but be careful not to pull too tightly to avoid distorting the cushion shape.

Step 6: Reassemble the chair

Once the seat cushion is reupholstered, reattach it to the chair frame using the screws you removed earlier. Align the holes and tighten the screws securely. Check for any loose or wobbly parts and tighten them as needed.

Step 7: Finishing touches

Trim any excess fabric and ensure that the fabric is smooth and wrinkle-free. Use a fabric protector spray to prevent stains and spills from ruining your newly upholstered chair.

Congratulations! You have successfully reupholstered your chair. By following these simple steps, you can give new life to old furniture and create a unique piece that reflects your personal style. Remember to take your time, be patient, and enjoy the process. Happy reupholstering!