When I go shopping I’m that crazy person who is constantly saying to herself, “I can make that,” or “I can do that myself.”
That was the case with my dining chairs.
I had long been admiring fully upholstered chairs but I couldn’t stomach the $400 + per chair price tag that I saw at many stores.
So, when I found my mint condition $450 table and chairs set on Craig’s list I didn’t hesitate when the fabric color was not my cup of tea. That little voice in my head piped up, “I can reupholster them myself!”
And, yes, I could. But. I’m not going to lie…it took more time and fortitude than I had anticipated because I did several chairs instead of just one or two.
If you’re like me and want to reupholster your own dining chairs, here are a few tips I have learned along the way:
Buy the correct amount of fabric yardage for your project by consulting an upholstery guide.
Save the old fabric after removing to use as a guide for cutting.
Invest in a good staple remover. I bought mine from a local upholstery supply company. You can find one near you by Googling “upholstery supply” or you can order one online. Mine is exactly like this one and cost about $15.
Carefully consider how you want your fabric pattern to present itself on the chair and then be consistent and carefully match the pattern as best you can. Do it the same way for every chair for a consistent look.
Buy a good staple gun. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune but it shouldn’t be the cheapest one you can find. A good one is easy to hold and “shoot.”
Pay attention to staple size. The staples not only need to fit your gun, but look at the depth of the staple. For example, if you’re using heavy fabric and are going through several layers, you need a longer staple. You can see what I mean in the picture below. The blue guide shows you different staple lengths.
Be patient and remember it’s okay to re-do something if you have to.
I will go into greater detail and will post a step-by-step tutorial in the next few days so you can see how I upholstered them. It really isn’t rocket science, but it does require some patience and attention to detail.
With some perseverance and a little muscle, I know you can do it to!
Thank you, again, for all your wonderful comments on my dining room! I am so overwhelmed by the compliments and kind remarks I received. And, thank you, to all of you who came here from my guest post at Savvy Southern Style. I hope to get to know you all better!
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