Friday, 15 February 2013
Tutorial: How to Reupholster a wing back chair
There were two like this which was great as I wanted a pair. I didn't hate the material but it was all stained due to some cleaning chemical that has been used and it had gone yellow over most of it, but not evenly. So it needed changing. I am not sure how old they are but they seem to have been reupholstered once before.
I looked for blogs on how to do it. I found very few, but one or two were really good. I set to work removing the covers.
Then I looked at what was the last piece to go on and it was the back. It was held on with a kind of metal grip so I sort of unbent it all the way round. I removed the fabric and labelled it with '1' as it was the first piece off, and 'back' so I knew what it was. I labelled all pieces as they came off with numbers and names. There was a thin layer of foam underneath which I removed the kept. It was yellowed but I later decided to reuse it rather than have to try to find more.
I did the back rest and bottom parts and also the arms which I mostly did but left the arm ends until later as these were the tricky bits.
I know what you are thinking - I have children and I reupholstered an almost white chair. Yes, I know, but I am going to make a new seat cover which I just haven't got round to yet and arm covers which probably won't be white, and I can do more than one set and these will make it a little more practical.
I found that anyone can do upholstery if they try and give it a go. What can go wrong????