How to Reupholster a Chair

How to Reupholster a Chair


Hi. I’m Jill. Have you ever thought about
reupholstering the chairs in your house? Stay tuned because I’m going to show you both the
before and after’s of a whole bunch of chairs we did for a project.
You know, it’s important for you to understand how to reupholster your chairs in the right
way, because you don’t want to spend a lot of time and money doing it the wrong way,
getting the wrong results. And you want to make sure that you get the
right fabrics for your reupholstering job. Otherwise, it’s kind of a waste. It’s important
to have a good solid chair to reupholster. You don’t want anything that’s too broken
or damaged or that can’t be easily repaired. Don’t make the mistake I did. One time I had
a rocker reupholstered and it was really squeaky. It was old and squeaky and it was really annoying.
Even though it looked beautiful when it was reupholstered, the squeak was very, very annoying.
Now, when you’re looking for fabrics for your chairs, make sure that you get the fabric
samples in your hands. And you want to make sure it’s not 100% cotton. Those fabrics are
too flimsy for upholstery. Those fabrics are best to use for pillows.
You want to make sure the fabric is upholstery grade. It’s tough, it’s strong. Make sure
it’s as soft as you can possibly get because why sit on sandpaper.
When these chairs were bought at an auction, they were a boring white color. Since the
owner of this project loves color, we used lots of mixes of fabrics to provide a really
unique look. This purple and green is nice and bold, and it looks fantastic in the room.
These copper colors warm up the space and they look really good with the wood of the
chairs. So you can see what a difference it made to reupholster these chairs.
Make sure you stick around for the end of this video because I’m going to show you my
most favorite chair of this project. This wing-back chair was pink velvet and it
didn’t fit the personality of its male owner. When we had it done in two different fabrics
as you can see here, it fit its owner much better because he’s really fun, outgoing,
and personable. And then having one fabric on the sides and back, which is different
from the front really created nice interest on this chair.
This modern style chair was pretty boring and the cushions had gone flat as you can
see. The owner of this chair liked fall colors and wanted variety. So we had the fabric on
the back pillow area with two fabrics, one on each side. And so here, he could just switch
the pillow around based on his mood and what he was wanting that day.
This modern style chair is super comfortable. The owner wanted her room to feel like the
ocean. So we used blues in a modern pattern. We used the contrasting fabric on the cording
area, and this is a designer trick to create a custom look.
Have you ever just looked up at the ceiling for no reason? Just for fun?
This little barrel-styled chair needed some pasaz. The owner of this chair wanted her
room to pop with interest, and she has a bit of a wild side. Can’t you tell?
Now, this cute little barrel-styled chair was pretty ragged. So giving it the super
soft green forest looking fabric, it really gave it some sophistication. It’s beautiful
in this new fabric. This chair was so boring and worn before we
had it reupholstered. It had no color, no life, but it still had good bones. So we reupholstered
it in this cooler than cool fabric. Don’t you love the stripe? And it just turned out
so awesome. I love this chair and the owner loves it too.
All right. So if you don’t know how to reupholster a chair yourself, then I highly recommend
you simply bid it out and have it done for you. There’s probably a great upholsterer
in your local city or town. Ask around. Find a good person that knows what they’re doing.
And why not just have someone else do it? This person can come out to your home. They
can take a look at the chair or chairs. They can give you a bid. They can tell you how
much fabric to order and you’re off and running. Usually, they’re really reasonable in price
and they can typically get it done in a week or two. Awesome.
I know how to reupholster. I’ve done it before. It’s very time-consuming. It takes a lot of
grit and muscle and effort and patience. I don’t have so much of that.
Now, listen. If you want to create a home that refreshes your spirit and nourishes your
soul, then I’ve created something just for you. To get your hands on this free EGuide,
just click the link in the description box below this video. Make sure and subscribe
to my channel because I teach all about home decorating and my videos are just plain fun,
fun, fun. Thank you so much for watching. Have fun reupholstering
your chair. I know you’ll love the
end-result.


33 thoughts on “How to Reupholster a Chair

  1. I always thought of buying a new chair but after watching this video i have already an idea on what to do with the old ones. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Reupholstering is indeed a back-breaking and exhausting task to do. However, once done it's all worth it especially when it turned out the way you want it to be. Thanks for the tips.

  3. Great  idea!viewing this video is not just learning how to reupholster a chair but by listening from gives some simple English conversation.        

  4. Wow…Now I know what will I get my dad for his coming birthday. I will have his favorite chair reupholstered, in that way I don't spend a lot of money and I'm sure that he will loved it…AWESOME video Jill…Thanks

  5. Thanks for giving great ideas Jill.. instead of buying new chairs, we can just reupholster it and can also save money. 🙂

  6. I can apply this to our old chair which was about to be disposed. I just realized that it is still  useful. thanks for the idea.

  7. My husband is a carpenter and has tools in making chairs but I can use it in renovating our old chairs with your ideas too. thanks.

  8. Wow! The shift from old boring chairs into chairs that can liven your home and chairs that show your personality was very amazing. Great way to save money too! Thanks for the video.

  9. Thank you for this detailed video. I've watched in a while, I totally feel confident to go try this now. Keep Posting 🙂

  10. I'm going to reupholster my father's chair. Going to watch and work step by step. Thank you for sharing. Very helpful

  11. thanks for idea on making our old chair look new. Very interesting and very useful in beautifying our home at the same time saving money from it.

  12. At around 3:21, I love how you transformed the old chair and reupholstered it with a classy zebra print. I love to do the same in one of our old chairs but my husband finds it too tacky.

  13. This is so cool, we have an old sofa set that has been torn by our pet cat and I was about to let someone reupholster it for me but I was shocked at how expensive it is. I'm gonna have to DIY and give it a new look. You have some great print ideas. 🙂 

  14. Reupholstering is a time and labor-intensive process that involves specialized skills. I wanted to do it on my own to save some bucks but  the cost and complexity of fill, padding, and fabric made me decide I have to hire someone to do it for me.

  15. If the springs, padding, and frame are in great shape and all you’re looking for is new fabric, it’s a lot less expensive. But in my experience, by the time people are ready to have something reupholstered, it’s beat up on the inside.There’s a huge difference when it comes to price.

  16. Is any fabric resistant to kids or pets?I have a kid and a dog—and, yes, upholstery is going to get damaged with little kids and pets around. There’s no way to avoid it.

  17. Cool! I could use this great idea! I would love to take some time for our chair. This idea was never been in my mind. Thanks a lot.

  18. Very informative and helpful.  Thank you for your easy to follow video and instructions.  i have an executive computer chair to reupholster, this has given me enough of an idea for me to start.

  19. This video is a great help since my grandfather loves carpentry work. I love to share it to him this new skills. Thank you for sharing this video.

  20. Reupholster a Chair made easy after I watched this video.. Thank you so much for sharing your creative mind.. I really love it and I keep watching for more videos to come.. Once again Thank You… ^_^

  21. Its hard to determine what fabric should be use when you don't have an a good source of ideas like this, very helpful. thanks

  22. I've never reupholstered a chair before but I really wanted to try it. Thanks a lot for the tips Jill. Keep posting Home decorating tips. 

  23. You can sometimes find awesome and good quality vintage chairs for very little money or maybe you inherited from family. It's so much fun to renovate them with fabric you love and they have a whole new life ahead. A good upholstery person is a must. You may be able to save quite a bit on fabric if you have a fabric store handy, they have sales tables. I got all the fabric for my favorite chair that way

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