By P.R. Casto
How to Reupholster Antique Dining Chair Seats
These step-by-step directions enable a DIY homeowner to refinish antique chairs and restore the seat cushions with vintage upholstery or updated contemporary designs.
By P.R. Casto
OverviewYou do not have to spend a fortune on new furniture to update your dining room. Enjoy distinctive decor on a limited budget by refurbishing antique seating found at flea markets, tag sales, estate auctions and antique shops. You can easily reupholster antique dining chair seats to make them look as good as new with a little fabric and common household tools.Step 1Turn the dining chair over to reveal the underside of the seating.Step 2Detach the upholstered seat by unscrewing the screws in each corner of the chair seat.Step 3Remove all nails, tacks or staples that are holding the old upholstery fabric in place. You may have to use both a hammer and a screwdriver to pry them up and pull them out.Step 4Inspect the padding of the seat. If it needs to be replaced, use the old padding as a template for cutting new cotton batting layered to the desired thickness.Step 5Use the old seat’s fabric as a pattern, and cut a new seat cover. Before you cut the new fabric, ensure the design of the new fabric is going in the desired direction by holding the fabric onto the seat and flipping it over to view it as it will look when finished.Step 6Place the new piece of cut upholstery fabric so the right side of the material is face down on a flat surface, such as the floor or a table. Carefully center the padded wooden chair seat face down on the fabric, taking care to ensure that the padding does not shift or bunch up. The fabric should be about 1 1/2 inches bigger than the chair seat all around. Excess fabric can be trimmed after it has been attached to the seat.Step 7Attach the new upholstery to the seat with a staple gun. Begin in the center of the top edge of the chair seat. Fold the fabric over, and staple it to the wooden seat.Step 8Pull the fabric taut as you fold it over the center of the bottom edge of the chair seat. Staple it to the wooden seat.Step 9Rotate the chair seat and fabric one-quarter turn, and repeat Steps 7 and 8. You should now have four staples in place, one in each side of the chair seat.Step 10Pull the fabric taut over one corner of the chair seat, and fold and staple it. Do the same with the opposite corner. Repeat the procedure with the remaining two corners.Step 11Continue to stretch and staple opposing edges of the chair seat so the fabric will be smooth and tight when finished. Fold the corners neatly, as you would a gift package, before stapling them.Step 12Reattach the chair seat to the frame.skill1ingredientScrewdriver. It is pretty simple to play lotto online sa .
Cotton batting (if needed)
Staple gun and 3/8-inch staplesingredientsScrewdriveringredientsClaw hammeringredientsCotton batting (if needed)ingredientsScissorsingredientsUpholstery fabricingredientsStaple gun and 3/8-inch staplestipShop for fabric remnants at upscale interior design stores and upholstery shops.tipsShop for fabric remnants at upscale interior design stores and upholstery shops.keywordreupholster chair antique home decorkeywordsreupholsterkeywordschairkeywordsantiquekeywordshomekeywordsdecorResourcesreferenceUpholster.com: How to Upholster a Dining Room Chair Slip SeatreferenceRepair-Home.com: How to Reupholster Furniture
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