|Although many of us buy furniture for
the fabric that covers it, not the physical shape of the piece
itself, as anyone who has had a favorite piece of furniture
over a great deal of time can attest, fabric doesn’t
always last. However, although the fabric on a favorite couch
or armchair might not stand the test of time, the piece of
furniture itself is likely to have a great many years of life
left in it. If this is the case, you might want to consider
reupholstering your furniture.
The first step in reupholstering a piece of furniture is deciding
whether or not the furniture piece is something that you like
and that you’ll want to keep in your home. The process
of reupholstering is time consuming, so although it’s
definitely doable for the savvy homeowner, it isn’t
something you’ll want to do on a piece you don’t
really care about. If you’re refurbishing a piece that
is new to you but has seen better days in the grand scheme
of things, evaluate whether the overall shape and style of
the piece are going to fit in you rhone stylistically and
Once you’ve decided that you definitely want to reupholster
a piece of furniture, you should start taking pictures of
it in its present form. Reupholstering essentially requires
taking the furniture piece apart and then putting it back
together. Although you may not think that an armchair or couch
is terribly complicated (and in many ways, you’re right),
you will want some guidance as to how the fabric on the piece
was situated originally. The goal is to upholster the piece
as closely to the way that the original upholstery was installed
After creating record of how the piece looked before it was
taken apart, it’s time to actually take the piece apart.
You’ll want to observe a particular order, here.
|| At the bottom of the couch or
chair, you’ll find what’s called “dust
clothes”. This is a thin piece of fabric that
is intended to keep dust from getting into the couch
or chair from below. With the piece of furniture on
its side or upside down, remove this fabric.
||With the “dust clothes”
removed, it’s time to move onto the fabric of
the furniture piece. You will want to remove the fabric
in this order:
- Back outside
- Arms outside
- Back inside
- Arms inside
Don’t throw any of the fabric away once it’s removed.
You may need to use it in order to create the patterns for
the new coverings.
With the fabric removed, inspect the piece of furniture for
any interior damage. If there is an area that needs to be
re-stuffed or repaired, make any changes necessary.
Once the inside is in working shape and is ready to reupholstered,
use the existing fabric pieces that you have along with the
photographs you took of the piece of furniture when it was
still intact to create your new fabric coverings. Once you’ve
created all of the fabric coverings, you will wrap the piece
of furniture and will use a stable gun to attach the new coverings
to the furniture piece.
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