How To Reupholster a Wing Back Chair

  • Course level: Intermediate


Re-upholstery is obviously easier than upholstery. As you take the original fabric off the chair or settee/sofa, you take notes and mark each piece, as well as taking photographs, so that you can reverse the order when you re-upholster. Even taking it back to the springs is not as daunting as one might seem. I have taken chairs and settees back to their bare wood now more than a dozen times. Each time you learn more. If you are looking for a highly professional job that will be scrutinised top to bottom then you may want to send it off to an upholsterer. I bought a basic toolkit some 15 years ago, and have never looked back.
Submitted by Donna Stimson

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1 Lessons


Re-upholstery Tips00:00:00

Materials Needed

  • Piping cord
  • Cotton thread
  • Top fabric
  • Fleece wadding
  • Calico
  • Hessian lay
  • Cord flax
  • Twine
  • Springs (if you need to change any springs)
  • Upholstery tacks (I use 13mm or 10mm)
  • Webbing (if you need to redo the webbing)

Tools and Implements Required/Recommended

  • Wooden mallet
  • Tack lifter
  • Knife
  • Scissors
  • Webbing stretcher
  • Tack Hammer
  • 13cm Spring needle
  • 30cm double-ended needle
  • Stuffing regulator
  • Curved hand-stitching needle