How to Reupholster an Arm Chair
Upholstery can be an intimidating project, but it seems more complicated than it actually is. A thrift store arm chair with simple lines, a sturdy frame and good padding makes a perfect subject for a novice upholsterer.
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Upholster Chair Back
When upholstering inside of chair back, spread fabric panel over chair back, making sure fabric pattern is lined up, if necessary. Place one staple at the top to hold panel in place. Tuck fabric through the back of chair frame and gently pull tight (Image 1). Pull fabric through sides and staple to frame to secure in place (Image 2). Be sure to not pull fabric too tight on one side to make pattern crooked. Once fitted and secured in a few places. Go around panel and insert staples every 1/4" (Image 3). Leave bottom of seat back unstapled until fabric panel for seat is in place.
Upholster Seat and Inside Arms
Place seat fabric panel on seat and spread out. If a pattern needs to be lined up with inside of back, make sure it is lined up. Pull seat fabric through sides and back of chair. Once seat is in place, staple to frame. Follow your notes to see where to staple, tuck or fold fabric. Secure all pieces in back of chair to frame. In the case of this chair, the very back panel was stapled over the inside back and seat once those were secured to the frame. Repeat that process with inside arms.
Upholster Outside Arms
Replace any padding that was removed to access frame (Image 1). Staple outside arm panels in place. Tip: Small arm chairs are a great way to use fabric remnants. Use one fabric for the inside panels and another for the outside (Image 2).
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