10 Steps of Re-upholstery – in a Nutshell

Here’s a short time-lapse of re-upholstering a wingback chair:

The steps below are meant to provide a Basic Guide – just one version of what to expect before tackling your own upholstery project. Interested in taking a class? Check out our class page for a current schedule of live and online classes.

Click the links below for a detailed description and photos of each step, using several different chairs as examples:

Step 1:    Evaluation
Step 2:    Measuring
Step 3:    Fabric Selection
Step 4:    Deconstruction
Step 5:    Cleaning, Repair & Refinishing
Step 6:    Reconstruction: Padding
Step 7:    Fabric Layout & Cutting
Step 8:    Reconstruction: Applying Fabric to the Inside Surfaces of your Chair
Step 9:    Reconstruction: Applying Fabric to the Outside Surfaces of your Chair
Step 10:  Celebrate!

About the Author

CarlaHey there! I'm Carla Pyle. I love the stories that our furniture tells. For me a picture of my Granddaddy Milton's green upholstered arm chair brings to mind the vivid rhymes & colors of 'The Cat in the Hat' and his soft low voice in the telling. I love too that there is always an element of nature in furniture - the warm-toned curving grain of a walnut leg or the reflection of life in a mid-century chrome piece. The best part of teaching & sharing natural upholstery is that it ties all of these things together. Stories - of individual experience and of the planet - help us build happy & healthy homes.View all posts by Carla →

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