How to Upholster a Chair with Fabric

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How to Upholster a Chair with Fabric
How to Upholster a Chair with Fabric
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If your home is in need of a chair makeover, try learning How to Upholster a Chair with Fabric. This DIY chair upholstery is quick, simple, and inexpensive. Chairs can often become stained, scratched, or just need a bit of extra style, and adding fabric to a chair will give you the decorative touch you're looking for in your home. Add to your chair makeover by sanding down and painting your chair a new color before using a staple gun to attach the fabric. You can even include some chair embellishments like decorative tacks to complete the look.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Primary TechniqueFurniture Projects


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Upholstery is the work of providing furniture, particularly seats, with padding, springs, webbing, and covers made of fabric or leather. Many DIY furniture projects involved reupholstering your furniture. The word upholstery is derived from the Middle English word upholder; this word references a tradesman who held up his goods.

A person who works with upholstery is called an upholsterer. Sometimes upholsterers have apprentices, often called an outsider or a trimmer. Traditional upholstery is a craft that has evolved over centuries for padding and covering seats, chairs, and sofas, before the development of sewing machines synthetic fabrics and plastic foam. Modern upholsterers use synthetic materials like dacron and vinyl, but in the past they used all sorts of materials, from coil springs to animal hair; and, it was done by hand, building upon each layer.

In the United States, Grand Rapids, Michigan is a center for furniture manufacturing and in England, Eaton, Nottinghamshire is also a well-known place for upholstery; these upholsterers continue to create or recreate many antique and modern pieces of furniture.

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