How do you reupholster seats?


Quick Answer

To reupholster the seat of a chair, remove the old upholstery by prying it up with a screwdriver and pliers. If the wood base is solid, reuse it; if not, use it as a template for a new one. Add the batting over the wood, and staple it in place. Cut the upholstering material so it fits around the base with an extra 4 inches, and then staple the material into place. Trim the corners to eliminate lumps.

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How do you reupholster seats?
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To reupholster the seats in a car or truck, measure the seat, and determine how many pieces of fabric to cut. Top stitch the seams of the new fabric, and then pin the fabric around the seat to determine its fit. Spray glue the pieces together to keep them in place until sewn together. Sew the pieces together using a long stitch and upholstery thread.

Center a quilted plate over the old cover, and then sew the new welt cord to the seat. Remove the old seat cover, and add foam with a layer of cotton to the most worn down areas. Make sure all seams point in a downward direction and do not twist before attaching the new upholstery via hog rings or sewing.

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