Reupholstering Furniture

Reupholstering furniture sounds intimidating, but few people realize how easy it can be. If you have basic sewing knowledge and a few common tools (screwdriver, hammer, staple gun and pliers), you're set. You'll soon discover that all stuffed furniture is built so that it can be reupholstered as needed. There's no need to take an expensive course, but it wouldn,t hurt. The piece of furniture will give you all the instructions you need as you go along. And for your first project buy some inexpensive fabric. It can be reupholstered again at a later date.

As a general outline estimate the amount of fabric you'll need, and always buy extra. This allows for errors.

Begin by prodding at the seams before reupholstering furniture. Are they sewn, tacked or stapled? Remember the details and take notes as you go. Look for which panel to remove first. It's often the top or bottom section and should be readily apparent. Gently pull it off the frame. You'll need the panel as a pattern later, so avoid stretching or tearing the fabric.

Name them as they come off as they come off the furniture.

> FP-- front panel
> IA--Inside arms
> OA--outside arms
> IB--inside back
> OB--outside back

Be careful not to move the stuffing below, and smooth any bulges in the padding. The cushion stuffing often comes apart and becomes misshapen when the fabric is removed, so simply covering the old fabric with the new is often the best move. Darcon wrap can also be used over the old stuffing to smooth out any lumps.

When you're selecting new material, mid-weight fabrics are easier to work with than heavier options and last longer than you might think. Look at fabric, drapes and even patterned bed sheets for a wide range of upholstering furniture selections.

Now that the furniture is stripped, place the original fabric pieces onto the new material as economically as you can, always leaving an extra inch on each side. If the original fabric was cut on the bias, cut the new segment this way as well. Trace the cushion surface on the fabric twice, once each for the top and bottom. Don't forget to add the length and width measurements of the sides, again including an additional inch on each side.

As you cut the new pieces, pair each with the corresponding original section to keep things simple. Use the scrap material for buttons, trim, etc.

Next, apply the new fabric segments to the frame in the reverse order that you removed the originals. When securing each piece with the staple gun, make sure there are no wrinkles or bumps in the material, but allow a little give so the material won't rip. If you want to make corrections, adjust as you go. Alterations aren't an option once you've finished. Sew together the cushion cover, leaving the seam open in the back. When you've covered the cushion with its new casing, stitch the opening, and your couch or chair is complete!

When considering upholstering furniture options for your home, remember that any stuffed furniture can be re-covered. Look at what you have, and don't forget to check garage sales, as well. If you see a great frame, you now know that a few hours and a little effort can turn that frame into a terrific piece of furniture!

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