Reupholstering a Chair
Reupholstering a chair is often one of the best and simplest ways to reclaim an old piece of furniture or spruce up a bargain piece you managed to find at a swap shop. Naturally, the cushions and fabrics of a chair are the first things to wear or crack as the legs and back of a chair are typically made of sturdier materials such as metal or wood. Instead of throwing something out, try your hand atreupholstering a chair and see if you might get some more life out of that dining set.
First, you should select andpurchase some fabric. This might be the most fun stage of the process, but it many not necessarily be the easiest. You definitely want to find something that goes with thedÃ©cor of your home but don’t overlook the need for sturdy material that you won’t have to replace soonerrather than later. There are many fabric types to choose from with varying texture and patterns. Take your time in choosing the right one for you.
The next step in reupholstering a chair is to remove the existing fabric. Tacks, nails, and staples are all used to pin fabric to a chair so take care when removing them that you don’t damage either the wood, plastic, or metal of the chair in the process. You will need some hand tools based on whatwas used to secure the upholstery to the chair. You may need pliers, a flathead screwdriver, or a regulator. Wear safety glasses as well while removing these objects, they tend to come out faster than expected.
Once the old upholstery has been removed you can determine if the stuffing underneath the fabric is still usable or if you need to purchase some more. If you are reupholstering a chair that is of a larger size such as a recliner or winged back chair, then a handy industry technique is to label theindividual fabric panels based on where they were on the chair. This way, when you cut your own panels based on the old examples, you’ll know where they go. Once those new panelsare cut, iron them flat so that they will press down more easily over the surface you are covering.
It is important to make sure that your cuts were correct and that your panels fit before you begin to sew the seams or tack the edges in place. It is crucial that everything is smooth and fits perfectly when reupholstering a chair or you may end up with creases or ruffles in your fabric that can be uncomfortable to sit on. Once everything is lined up and the stuffing is in place then you will be ready to join the assorted panels of a larger chair by sewing a straight seam or otherwise affix the fabric panels to the chair frame. Do so in the reverse order that you removed them if you wish the alignment to be consistent with how the chair was before you began your project.