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Vintage Chair Reupholstery

Time takes its toll on fabrics. Whether it’s due to wear and tear, sun fading, or soiling, over time, you’ll find that the fabric on your furniture doesn’t always hold up. Of course, many times we have a favorite piece, be it because of its level of comfort, its shape and size, its design, or sentimental value. When you have a piece that you want to hold onto, you can always reupholster it to give it a breath of new life.

Before we get into the step-by-step process of how to reupholster a piece, there is one overarching piece of advice that you should follow. Be sure to protect your eyes, mouth, and nose! There’s no telling how much dust, dirt, and other fibers might come out during the reupholstery process. It’s best to protect your eyes, mouth, and nose by wearing a mask and goggles. You’d hate to breathe anything in or get anything in your eyes!

With that out of the way, let’s move on to the process.

Step 1:
There are likely nails that line the seat of your chair. These nails are keeping the current upholstery fastened to the chair. Remove these nails. If you plan to re-use them, be sure to store them somewhere safe so that you don’t lose them while completing the rest of your project.

In addition to these nails, there are likely staples holding the fabric to the seat. Once the seat is removed from the base (after Step 2), you’ll want to remove these staples to loosen the fabric.

Step 2:
The seat of the chair is likely held onto the base of the chair with screws. Carefully remove these screws, taking care not to damage the base o the chair. If you don’t see screws, there are likely nails at the bottom of the seat that have been pushed into the base. If this is the case, carefully pry the seat from the base.

Step 3:
Check the interior of the seat. How is the condition of the springs, webbing, and burlap? If anything looks rotted or unusable, remove and replace it.

Step 4:
You’ll want to use your old fabric as a guide in cutting your new fabric, since you will want the sizing of the two pieces to match. Lay the old fabric on top of the new fabric and trace it. Once you have the outline completed, go ahead and cut the new fabric to match the specs of the old fabric.

Step 5:
On a level work space, lay the new fabric down flat. Then put the seat on it with the top facing down.

Step 6:
Stretch the fabric over the seat, and then staple the fabric to the bottom of the seat. The fabric should be pulled tight before you staple, so that the seat-side of the cushion is smooth.

Step 7:
Once you have fastened the fabric to the seat, replace the seat back onto the base. If you would like to replace the decorative nails from Step 1, do so at this time.
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