How To Reupholster A Chair

Would you like to know how to reupholster a chair? This article will guide you on the steps you need to follow to achieve that. There are various benefits of reupholstering a chair. Some of them include.

  • You do not need to replace your seat. You can use your head for many years.
  •  It is less costly than buying- If you are working on a tight budget, reupholstering can help you save a lot of money
  • Reupholstering also gives you a wide variety of looks and styles. You can give your chair a new look.
These are some of the steps involved.
How To Reupholster A Chair


Step 1- Choose a Chair You Would Like To Reupholster

You should do some research on the internet on the amount of fabric to choose. Use a measuring to determine the size of each panel. You can also lay the boards after you have removed the material to get a better estimate of what you will need. Buying an extra fabric is good.
Choose a Chair You Would Like To Reupholster

Step 2 - Start from the Bottom

You should start removing material from the bottom of your chair because most of the chairs are finished at the bottom. It’s good to remove fabric the opposite of how it was placed thus the first pieces you put back should be the last pieces you detached. You should also spray the chair using Lysol disinfectant in case you got the presidency maybe from a garage sale to prevent odors.

Steps 3- Take Out the Outer Frame

You can take out the bottom frame to reach the fabric. You can use a hammer and a thin flat head screwdriver and then open it apart. When doing this, you should wear work grooves due to nails or staples, which might be exposed. You should be very keen.

Step 4 – Remove All Your Panels from The Bottom

You can start by eliminating all the staples that were used. You should be keen when removing the fabric so that you can reuse it as a guide for your new fabric. You can use pliers and a thin flat head screwdriver. You can try to remove the fabric after removing the staples; you should be careful when doing this to avoid tearing the fabric. It can be very easy if you can get the general pattern of each panel.

Step 5- Mark Your Steps

Save the piping, you have removed since it’s already cut in a perfect measurement of each part. Continue removing the fabric and the staples. Each section you remove should be labeled so that when recovering you will know where to place them.

Step 6- Ply-Grip

Ply-grip is the sharp metal teeth found on large sections like the back and sides. These pieces are very sharp you should be very keen. You can use a butter knife to open. You can re-use the ply-grip to minimize the costs. You can use pliers to take out the fabric from the ply-grip.

Step 7 – Remove The Fabric Completely

Ensure that the frame of the chair is entirely exposed by removing the fabric panels. You need to eliminate some of the batting and foam pieces to reach to where the fabric was stapled. You can add more foam and batting to make your chair more comfortable.

Step 8 – Check the Smooth Edges

Check how the manufacturer created the smooth edges. You should keep any cardboard lining so that you can use them again to keep your edges smooth. Now you can remove the cushion buttons so that when you lay the new fabric, the batting will be very soft

Step 9 – Creating the New Pattern

After you have removed the material completely, you can start y creating a new pattern in your fabric. In case you are using a patterned fabric, you should be keen on when to place after attaching the fabric. After cutting your new fabric, you can now start to join. You should put the material the reverse of how you had removed. Now you can put back the new fabric back to where it was placed before.

Step 10 –Piping

In the same order, you had removed the piping attach it the same way. It could be easier if you kept the original tubing. You can use scissors to open it and delete the cord. To create the new piping, remove a 1.5-2 wide strip of fabric in a measurement of 2-3 inches, it should be longer than the wire. You can then stitch the piping using a sewing machine.

 Step 11- Attach Your Wood Work

Before attaching any woodwork, you should put into consideration if you would like to paint it. You should do this before attaching your new fabric. In case you are staining the wood, you should sand it properly. You can use polyurethane to protect the wood; you can apply it using a foam brush.

 Step 12- Put In Your Fabric

Remember to tuck in all the panels and join, you should not see any exposed staples after you are through.  Use a sewing machine to sew the cover for your cushion. You can also add batting though it will change the size of your pillow cover. Your chair is now complete you can spray your new fabric using Scotchgard or a similar product to protect it from stains and spills.


Have you enjoyed the topic? Now you know how to reupholster a chair, do you?  As we have seen, reupholstering your chair comes with so many benefits, you can use your seat for a long time you also you save the cost of buying a new one among other benefits. It is a very simple process. If you follow the above steps, you will succeed in giving your chair a new look. I will appreciate your views in the comments below. Feel free to share the article with your friends if you liked it.

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