Furniture Upholstery: Some Of The Common Techniques


Common Furniture Upholstery Techniques

Furniture upholstery has been around for quite some time now, and from then until now, the tools and techniques remain the same, with just a few modern upgrades. If you are planning to reupholster your own furniture, we are sharing some guides and techniques that might be useful for your task.

Preparing For Furniture Upholstery

Strip off the original fabric carefully to start the reupholstering process. Check on the batting if it needs additional layers. If it seems to be thinning, feel free to add some layer and staple it to the furniture’s frame. Stop adding layers if you feel like it is already enough, based on your preference.

Remember, I have mentioned that you have to carefully remove the original fabric. You may be thinking “Why?” well, the reason for that is because it will still serve as your pattern in creating the new upholstery. And creating the pattern might be tricky, here’s a quick tip: lay the old fabrics with right side down on the new fabric that you will use for replacement. You have the option to trace it to serve as your guide, or directly cut it out. Just make sure to pin both fabrics in place so you will be able to cut it out accurately.

Creating And Installing The Upholstery

In this shared guide in repairing your furniture upholstery, let’s take an upholstered living room chair as an example. With this, pin the pieces of your fabric cut out onto the chair. Secure all sides together as if you are sewing them together minus the thread. Once secured, remove it altogether carefully and have all edges sewn. Turn it inside out and put it back on the chair.  

Creating your own pleats will make your furniture upholstery look professionally done. It eases fabric around curves to make it neat and firm. Do your pleats right and hold it in place with the use of a glued button.   

Attaching Other Panels

In attaching the back panel of your upholstery, use tack strips at the opposite side of the fabric edges, roughly around an inch tucked. Flip the tack strips over to pull the panel clean and have stretched edges. These tacks will be hammered into the wooden frame to secure it in place.

But wait! Do not hammer the tacks without putting batting around the hammerhead. A hammer without batting will severely damage your new fabric.

Securing The Sleeves And Seat Cover

Pull on the sewn fabric sleeves onto the frame. Pull the back part of the fabric cover through the opening. And just like any other parts, secure it by stapling it into the frame.

As for the seat cover, pull it tight in a very careful manner. Secure it in place by tacking it to the bottom of the chair’s frame.

Skirt For The Bottom

Prepare the bottom’s skirt by arranging, pinning, and sewing layers together. Staple it into the frame to secure it in place. Remember that for skirts, the opposite side of the fabric is stapled into the frame just below the seam.

Now that you are done, you have successfully reupholstered a piece of furniture that will surely make a striking vibe into your space. Go for a type of fabric that matches your style and the design of your room.

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