What to do when springs start ‘sprunging’ from your favorite chair’s seat bottom?
Stretch the webbing across the bottom of your chair: Begin at center front-to-back, then center side-to-side. Work to each side and toward front and back, weaving the webbing as you go. Follow the numbered order in the infographic below.
There are several different types of webbing stretchers available. My personal favorite is the gooseneck style (see demo video here). The straight rubber end style works just as well with practice – it’s just a little more prone to slipping.
How tight to stretch the webbing? Remember, you do not want to stretch the webbing too tight, or your chair’s glued joints will eventually loosen and fail. If you hear cracking, then it’s likely too tight. However, it should be tight enough to make a drum-like sound when struck.
On this chair, since the old webbing was still holding the springs in their original position, it was left attached to the springs, and carefully detached from the chair rails in steps as the new webbing was stretched over it. The springs were then stitched to the new webbing with button twine to keep them in the correct position after the fix.
Got a bigger problem that warrants tearing your chair down to the springs? See this related post: ‘How to Tie Upholstery Springs without a Manual’.
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