How To Reupholster an Armchair or Lounge Chair
by RJ Living | January 4, 2021
There are ways to restore the beauty and strength of your dining chair seat. You can reupholster them to achieve a new and shiny look with just a few materials and simple steps.
Let’s discuss how to reupholster a chair seat for armchairs and lounge chairs.
Materials Needed To Reupholster Chairs
When you consider how much you need to reupholster a dining chair, you only have to calculate the prices of materials and supplies you will need. These materials are pretty affordable, and some are even tools you may already have at home.
These are the essential materials and tools that you will require when reupholstering a chair:
- Cushion fabric
- Measuring tape
- Staple gun
You can also get trimmings, finishes, and other preferred accessories to make your desired padding.
How to Reupholster A Lounge Chair At Home
Here are simple steps that will guide you on how to reupholster a chair seat in your house:
Step 1: Remove Seat Cushion
The first step is to unscrew the seat cushion you want to replace. Turn your armchair over and locate the screw holes. With your screwdriver, loosen the cushion from the frame. You can keep the screws safely in a box or pouch since you will still need them when you are done.
Step 2: Remove the Old Fabric Covers and Foam
After you have successfully unscrewed the cushion, you can then remove the old fabric. Some cushions can have more than one fabric layer, so you should remove them carefully. Follow the same process for the foam.
Step 3: Cut New Foam and Fabric
To get the correct measurement, use the old foam as a guideline when cutting out your new foam.
You can also use the measurement of the old fabric when cutting your new fabric. With a pen to trace the measurement, you can get the exact shape.
It is not advisable to use the exact size of the old fabric, and you have to create an overlap of several inches so that the fabric can be adequately folded around the back of your velvet dining chairs.
Step 4: Cut and Attach Batting
To get more satisfactory results, you can attach the batting to the foam. The batting helps to maintain the smoothness of the foam.
Use the measurement of the newly cut fabric when cutting the batting. Attach the batting to the seat carefully with a staple gun.
Step 5: Attach Fabric
After you have attached the batting to the foam, you can attach the fabric in the same way. The edges of the seat are super important. You have to secure the fabric in a way that the corners are smooth and perfect. As you attach the material snugly, work with your staple gun to keep it in place.
Smoothen the fabric as you staple and ensure every corner of the seat has been properly stapled. Alternatively, you can place the fabric and sew it together, adjusting for curves as needed.
Step 6: Reattach Seat To Chair Frame
After you have successfully covered the foam with your new fabric, you can go on to reattach the seat to your chair frame. With a screwdriver and the screws that you took out at the start, attach the cushion seat properly on the chair frame.
Step 7: Adding Decorative Trim
If you want to achieve a completely different look, you can add decorative trims and other accessories. You can also spray the wooden armrest with any finish of your choice to give your old upholstered furniture a new cover look.
Final Thoughts on Chairs Reupholstering
The steps above are a great help when you want to reupholster old chairs in your house. Not only do you upcycle old furniture with these simple steps, but you can also give your dining room or living room a new look with these upholstered chairs. Reupholstering a dining chair costs little when you get the supplies and tools you need and follow the right steps.
We hope this guide provides guidance on how to reupholster and create a seating area that you will enjoy. RJ Living is a leading upholstery furniture shop, boasting quality upholstery sofas, upholstery armchairs, and upholstery lounge chairs designed by professional stylists. Check out our upholstery furniture range online if upholstered furniture is your style.