The supplies needed to reupholster furniture include a hammer, rubber mallet, fabric scissors, pliers and butter knife. A box knife, hot glue gun, pneumatic or heavy-duty staple gun, upholstery needles and thread are also required, as well as the appropriate fabric. Not all of these supplies are needed in every case. The initial step to reupholster furniture is to carefully observe the design and construction of the piece to determine which supplies are necessary.
Select the fabric based on the type of furniture and the use it gets. Living room and outdoor furniture require durable, heavy-duty fabric. Regular upholstery fabric works for bedroom furniture, and any fabric works for cushions and other accent pieces.
The butter knife and box knife help separate the furniture piece at its seams, while the pliers enable the removal of staples that hold the old fabric in place. The old fabric is a useful template for the new fabric pieces. Use the other supplies to put the furniture piece back together. Use the staple gun, hot glue gun, upholstery needles and thread shape to hold the new fabric in place, use the hammer and rubber mallet to hide visible staples, and add decorative touches with nailhead trim.