How to Reupholster a Sofa Chair Like a Pro
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If you’ve ever wanted to reupholster a sofa chair, but were afraid of doing it yourself, then this post is for you. It’ll show you how easy it can be to replace the fabric on your favorite piece of furniture without having to pay someone else to do it for you. We hope you will enjoy this tutorial on How to Reupholster a Sofa Chair like a pro. You’ll be able to sit back and relax when your sofa chair is done!
Prepare the chair for reupholstering.
Once you’ve chosen your fabric and pattern, it’s time to prepare your chair for reupholstering.
- Remove the cushions from the seat and back of the chair. This will make it easier to remove any stuffing or foam padding that may be hiding underneath them. If you’re using new fabric, simply remove all of the old fabric at once while keeping an eye out for any loose threads or tears in order to avoid damaging any underlying material during removal.* Clean off all dirt using an upholstery shampoo and water; this will help prevent stains later on!* Remove staples by heating up a pair of pliers until they are hot enough (about 350 degrees F) then pressing down on each staple individually with force until it snaps off completely; work carefully so as not damage anything else around here either!
Measure the fabric, batting and muslin to fit the sofa chair.
Now that you’ve decided on a pattern and fabric, it’s time to measure your sofa chair.
- Measure the seat cushion: Measure from one end of the backrest to another. This is where your new cushion will sit in relation to your original chair’s backrest (usually at least 1 inch).
- Measure the armrests: Take each armrest and lay them flat on top of one another. Measure from where they meet on each side all the way across their length—you’ll want this measurement doubled because we’re going into two pieces here!
- Measure backrest: Note how far down onto your existing sofa base this new piece goes; measure this length again but include any extra material needed around where it sits (such as padding or upholstery). If there isn’t enough room under there after cutting out custom-made pieces like mine above (which means no pun intended), then just go ahead and cut away any extra fabric needed until everything fits snugly together snugly inside its own box shape container made specifically for storing things like couches!
Remove the old patterned fabric from the chair.
It’s important to remove the old fabric from the chair, so you can start with a clean slate. To do this, use a staple remover or an all-purpose tool that’s designed for removing staples and glue. If your fabric has been stapled around its edges, try using a utility knife first to make sure there are no splinters in your way. Once you have removed all of the staples and glued seams, take off any remaining scraps of fabric with your hands or by pulling them away from themselves through the holes they’ve created (see image below).
Once you’re done removing any pieces of fabric or stitching along their sides, it’s time for some sanding!
Cut out the new design.
To begin, you’ll need to cut out the new design. Use a sharp knife and make sure you have enough fabric to cover the chair—you don’t want any gaps! You can use a ruler or straight edge for this step, but if you’re feeling ambitious (or just have an extra-sharp blade), consider using a rotary cutter instead.
Staple and glue the fabric to the chair.
You’ll need a staple gun, glue gun and hammer.
- Insert the fabric into the seat of your sofa chair, then secure with staples or nails (depending on how much you want to change its look).
- Apply some glue on one side of each strip and attach it directly onto your cushions using tweezers or needle-nose pliers if necessary (see below).
Wrap the arms and legs of your sofa chair with new fabric.
Now that you’ve removed the old fabric from your sofa chair, it’s time to wrap up the arms and legs. Start by applying a strip of fabric along each arm. Then, use a staple gun to secure this strip around the top of your sofa chair. Lastly, repeat this step on each leg (you’ll want at least four straps).
To finish off this process, use a glue gun or hot glue gun on top of the three straps to secure them in place so they don’t move around while you’re working on reupholstering your cushions!
Reassemble your sofa chair.
Now that your sofa chair is disassembled, it’s time to reassemble it. To do this, start by attaching the bottom of the chair to its base using screws. Then attach each arm of your sofa with screws and matching Allen wrench provided in your package of hardware for that purpose. Finally, reattach any cushioning or stuffing as needed before you’re ready for another step: putting back together!
Anyone can reupholster a couch.
Anyone can reupholster a couch. It’s not that hard, and it’s cheaper than buying a new couch. You can customize your own fabric, or you can use an upholstery kit that comes with all the parts you need to put the pieces together yourself.