How to Reupholster a Chair

Reupholstering an oversized chair includes the ideal method of giving your room a bit of a lift without having to spend a ton of money. Usually, reupholstering it is much cheaper than getting it professionally done or purchasing a new oversized chair. You just need some materials, time, and patience, and you are on your way to a freshly made oversized chair!



Items You Will Need

  • Pliers
  • Staple gun
  • Measuring tape
  • Batting
  • Fabric
  • Scissors


  1. Get the proper materials. In order to reupholster your oversized chair, you’ll need upholstery fabric, a staple gun, measuring tape, staples, pliers, and batting. The quantity of upholstery fabric will depend upon the size of the oversized chair. It is always wise to purchase more than you think you’ll need if you make a mistake or cut too much off. You can always discover uses for the leftover fabric if there are any.
  1. Strip fabric from your chair. Be careful as you do so in order not to rip the old material. If the oversized chair has any cushions, you are lucky because it’s possible to sew the fresh fabric directly over the older fabric. Be certain to take out the old tacks and staples and leave its wood frame clean. Lay the older fabric out upon the newer fabric, then trim around it and leave plenty of room to utilize for stapling. You can either mark the pieces using a fabric marker or leave the pieces pinned to the old ones to identify them.
  1. Mend all holes inside the foam of its cushion. If its cushion is damaged, replace the foam for better results. Staple batting down around beneath the cushion in order to hold it into place.
  1. Lay the fresh fabric down upon your chair. As you staple the fabric to its wooden frame, be certain to pull the fabric tight. Additionally, be sure you don’t pull too hard, or your fabric will rip. Apply fabric in the opposite direction you took it off. If you begin with the back, end with the back. If the metal strips you have uncovered still are usable, it’s possible to place them back where they were. If the strips aren’t usable, merely trim a piece of cardboard the exact same size. Utilizing those strips will be just as easy.

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