How Do You Upholster a Wingback Chair?


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Fresh upholstery makes old wingback chairs look new again. Professional upholstery is often expensive and time-consuming, but it only takes several hours to do it yourself. The supplies you need for this affordable project are new fabric, scissors, a staple remover and a staple gun.

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  1. Remove the old fabric

    Remove the old upholstery. Work slowly and carefully so you do not rip it.

  2. Cut the new fabric

    Unroll the new fabric, and lay the old upholstery on top. Cut around the old pieces, leaving at least 2 extra inches on all sides. Discard the old fabric after you cut the new upholstery.

  3. Staple the new upholstery to the chair frame

    Place each piece of new upholstery on its corresponding frame section and secure it with staples. Pull the fabric tight as you work. It is very helpful to ask a friend or family member for assistance, especially when working on the arms and sides of the chair.

  4. Reassemble the frame

    Put the chair back together. Work carefully to avoid pulling, tearing or soiling the new upholstery.

  5. Locate and reposition visible staples

    Walk around the chair and look for visible staples. Carefully remove them and apply new ones in more discreet locations. For the best results, place staples at least 2 inches from the edge of each piece.

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