Not all furniture is created equal. And sometimes a change is necessary. In my most recent project, I teach you the basics of upholstery–by showing you how I updated a 1960’s family heirloom that was in desperate need of updating.
This chair was my husband’s grandfather’s from the early 1960s. And the original chartreuse upholstery and chair padding needed a major update. We wanted to keep the character of Grandpa’s chair but give it a classic, modern twist to fit our family’s current lifestyle.
Be sure to watch my tutorial for visual step by step instructions, as I show you how to upholster any basic piece. So, lets begin our tutorial. Start with our supplies. Here’s what you’ll need:
New Upholstery Fabric
New Cushions, *if needed.
Large Staple Gun + Staples
Flat Head Screw Driver (Medium Sized)
Here’s the simple, step by step on how to do basic upholstery.
- Begin by disassembling your piece of furniture.
- Pry up any staples and remove old fabric. *(and cushions, if needed).
- Replace any cushions, if needed. Cut and attach accordingly. I recommend using quilt batting to keep cushions in place. Attach with staples by folding over batting.
- Cut new upholstery fabric, allowing at least 2 inches of extra fabric to fold over.
- Fold over fabric, so it’s snug. Attach using staples.
- Fold corners by tucking in extra fabric and pulling until folded tightly around corner. Secure with staple.
- Add finishing touches and security with upholstery nails, if wanted.
- Reassemble furniture piece.
These instructions are relative and can be changed to fit any basic furniture piece. Whether it’s a chair, bench, or stool these instructions will fit most basic projects. These instructions obviously would be more intensive with larger upholstery projects like couches or wingback chairs. The basics however, are always the same. Ready to see the final results? Keep scrolling!
I hope this tutorial helps you in your own DIY upholstery projects. Be sure to view my YouTube video and subscribe to my new channel to see more detailed, visuals and instruction. I’d love to see your own upholstery projects in the comments below or on social media. Follow along and tag me on Instagram or Pinterest! As alway, make today beautiful! Be sure to “PIN,” on Pinterest for future reference!