How to Reupholster a Chair Seat and Back

  • By: Ron
  • Date: October 21, 2022
  • Time to read: 3 min.

how to reupholster a chair seat and back

When reupholstering a chair’s back and seat, there are some things you should know. For one thing, you’ll need to know which materials to use. You’ll also need to determine the cost of reupholstering a chair.

Chair seat and back trim with decorative hammered studs

To ensure straightness when installing studs, you should use a straightedge or a fabric marker. To secure the studs in place, you can use a tackhammer or small rubber mallet. To adjust the spacing between the screws, you can use a stapler.

Chair seat and back can be dressed up with a decorative hammered stud-style chair seat and back. The studs are half an inch in diameter and have a 1/2″ shank. You can also use a jig to place the studs in a straight line. Use a spacer between the studs. A tacklifter is a flat-head screwdriver that has a forked blade.

Polyester vs. olefin

When reupholstering a chair’s back and seat, it is important to consider its durability and ease-of-maintenance. Polyester is a much stronger fabric than olefin and is easier to clean. Polyester is more expensive so you should choose a high-quality brand. Polyester and olefin are both synthetics, but they are totally different and should not be mixed.

Both types of fabric are durable but they are not equal in quality or price. Both fabrics have their strengths and weaknesses. It is important to choose the right fabric for you based on your personal preferences and budget. Olefin is more resistant against direct sunlight, while Polyester is more susceptible to pilling.

The fabric you choose should be durable enough to withstand everyday use. To test the fabric’s durability, ask for a double rub test. This test simulates the wear and tear of an upholstered seat. Higher double rub test numbers indicate better quality and durability.

Reupholstering a chair costs

Reupholstering a chair’s back and seat can be expensive. It all depends on the fabric used. Synthetic fabrics are generally more expensive than natural fiber materials. Natural fibers can be made from plant or animal products, and some of them are recycled. Synthetic cloth, on the other hand, is widely available year-round and can be used on most types of furniture.

Generally, reupholstering a chair requires repair work. For an estimate, you should bring your chair to a tradesperson. They will assess the damage and recommend an appropriate method. The cost will also depend on the type of fabric used. Leather will typically cost more than a cotton cover.

When estimating the cost of reupholstering a seat and back, you should consider the amount of fabric, labor, and time involved. An upholstery specialist with years of experience will charge more than an amateur. Also, consider the size and material of the chair.

Materials needed

Upholstery fabric, foam, batting and staples are the materials you will need to reupholster the seat and back of a chair. First, remove the chair’s seat and the seat fabric from its arm. After that, sew the arm pieces to the side pieces. Repeat the process on the other side and sides of the chair. After attaching the batting and foam to the seat, lay the fabric over it. The same process is repeated on the back.

Before starting the process, measure the seat cushion. Each side should have at least three inches more fabric. This extra fabric will be used for the underside of the cushion. You will need at least three yards of fabric for this project. To ensure the perfect fit, use a measuring tape to measure the cushion.

After measuring the seat, measure the opening and cut the urethane foam to fit it. For a more comfortable fit use 3/8-inch thick foam and make the edges square. Once the foam is cut to size, use a sander to taper the edges so that they match the profile of the old seat. Mark the seat area with a marker. Then, use a serrated bread knife to cut the inside line. Then, add the batting, ensuring that it overlaps on all sides by at least four inches. The foam should be stapled in place.

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