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Popular Upholstery Techniques

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Many of today’s upholstery tools and techniques are the same as those used 200 years ago, but with a few modern updates. Take a look as we demonstrate the step-by-step by reupholstering a slipper chair, then try it on your own chair, wall, or headboard.


Strip & Make a Pattern

The chair is stripped of its original fabric and the pieces saved and labeled. If needed, an additional layer of batting is stapled to the frame.<br>The old fabric pieces serve as the pattern for the new upholstery. They are laid right sides down on the new fabric and cut out.


Pin to Chair. Create Pleats

The pieces are pinned wrong sides out onto the chair. The pinned cover is removed and sewn together, with welting reinforcing the seams. The sewn cover is then put back on the chair.<br>Pleats are often used to ease fabric around curves. Gluing on a covered button hides the staples that hold the pleats in place.


Attach the Back, Tack on the Fabric

To attach a back panel, tack strips are stuck through the wrong side of the fabric at both long edges, about an inch in.<br>The tack strips are then flipped over to pull the back panel taut and make clean, straight edges. The tacks are hammered into the frame with a hammer that has a piece of batting secured around the head.


Attach the Sleeves, Cover the Seat

A sleeve of fabric is sewn for the chair seat and pulled on. The back edge of the cover is pulled through the opening between the seat and back and stapled to the frame.<br>The seat cover is also pulled tight and tacked to the bottom of the chair frame on the front and sides.



Tailored, sophisticated, and elegant, this newly covered chair adds a stylish element to any room.