What Does It Mean To Reupholster?

At the point when your furniture is of acceptable quality yet has experienced more promising times, reupholstery is the ideal arrangement. It’s the ideal method to restore a much-cherished piece without settling on the solace and style of the first plan.

How To Reupholster A Chair

Torn, recolored, or dated texture can transform a most loved seat into an absolute blemish. Fortunately, as long as the bones of the furniture are fit as a fiddle, a touch of texture and a few staples can give an obsolete or in any case upsetting seat a totally different look. Regardless of whether you’re refreshing an old top choice or invigorating a swap meet find, reupholstering a seat is a DIY venture that can have a major effect. Follow this guide on how to reupholster a chair below:

Before you start, there’s one huge thing to note: Because you are using the old upholstery seat as a guide for the new model pieces, you may have to finish Step 1 and eliminate all the old texture before you search for provisions. Estimating all the pieces and string lengths will assist you with deciding how much texture you need. If all else fails, decide in favor of something over the top.

What You Need


  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Camera or notepaper and pencil
  • Marking pen
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Flathead screwdriver


  • Staples, 3/8- or 5/16-inch
  • Batting, 1/2 inch
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Chalk
  • Polyester Welt Cord Cellulose Piping
  • Upholstery-weight thread
  • Tack strips
  • Fabric glue, optional
  • Upholstery tacks or nailhead trim, optional
  • Black breathable fabric for underside of a chair

How To Do It


Remove Old Fabric

Photo the seat before you strip the first covering. Take generally and point by point photographs for reference while reupholstering the seat.

Dismantle the seat varying and eliminate the upholstery pieces, taking consideration not to tear any of the old bits of texture (you will require them as examples). Start by taking off the dark fabric from the underside of the seat, and afterward relax the pieces connected to the edge. Eliminate the pieces and imprint each with its area on the seat with a stamping pen. For example, label the pieces as outside back, right side back, left side back, inside back, seat, and seat sides. Imprint “T” for top or “F” for front to demonstrate the heading of the piece on the seat.Note on each piece the area of welting and where pieces are sewn together. Spare bits of welting and attach strips to use as a measure for new pieces.


Replace Batting

Whenever worn or recolored, eliminate old batting from seat back and seat. Check springs and webbing for harm and fix if important. Sand, prime, and paint the casing or legs whenever wanted; let dry.

Trim a bit of 1/2-inch-thick batting to cover the seat back and seat, if necessary. Cover the chair back first, stapling it down. To keep noticeable indents from the staples, pull delicately on the batting around each staple so the staple is inside the batting. Next, cover the seat with batting, similarly, collapsing conveniently around the corners.


Make New Pattern

Lay the first upholstery pieces wrong side up on some unacceptable side of the new texture, looking for the grain, situation of the example or themes, and bearing of the example. Pin set up and cut around the example, leaving 2 to 3 crawls of texture past the stapled edges of the first pieces. This will give you fabric to grasp when stapling. (The first pieces were managed after they were stapled.) Repeat this cycle to remove every texture area.Move the markings for bearing, welting, and creases onto the new pieces with chalk.

Whenever liked, join the pieces into covers for the seat and back that can be applied at the same time. Place the fabric sections together inside out and sew together, adjusting for curves as needed.


Attach Base Fabric

Place the new inside back, right-side back, and left-side back pieces on the chair in the appropriate locations, using the “T” markings and your photos as guides. Use as many staples as necessary to secure the fabric and keep it smooth. Trim excess fabric.

Tuck excess fabric under the corners.

How To Reupholster Car Seats From Scratch

  1. Purchase desired seat upholstery fabric.
  2. Using the appropriate socket wrench, detach the seat base from the floor.
  3. If there are any electrical components connected (e.g., power-seat controls), detach the connectors.
  4. Remove the seat and set it on a work table or bench.
  5. Remove the headrest by pushing in the small detent at its base.
  6. Unzip the upholstery from the seat backing (gives access to the seat base)
  7. Unscrew the seat base from the seat frame, but do not remove it.
  8. Carefully detach the side clips holding the seat base to the cushion.
  9. Lifting upward, remove the upholstery while carefully detaching the additional inner clips using the small pry bar.
  10. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for the seat backing.
  11. With the upholstery laid in front of you and still all in one piece, use the marker to label where the seams meet (e.g., 1 meets 2, 2 meets 3, etc.), as well as where the mounting clips are placed. This will be important when sewing the new upholstery together and remounting.
  12. Using a seam ripper, or scissors, very carefully separate the upholstery’s sections from one another.
  13. Lie the unstitched upholstery on a large sheet of white paper and trace its edges to create a pattern guide. Remember to include any necessary openings (e.g., headrest slots) in the pattern.
  14. Cut out the pattern and place it onto the new fabric.
  15. Using the pattern, cut the new upholstery leaving three-quarters of an inch between the fabric edge and the stitching line (known as the seam allowance).
  16. Using the seam markers as a guide, sew together the cut pieces of new upholstery.
  17. Sew in the mounting clips and zipper (if applicable).
  18. Place the new seat base upholstery on the base cushion and stretch to connect the first clip at the rear.
  19. Working back to front, connect the clips to the cushion, ensuring it remains taut throughout.
  20. Reattach seat base to seat frame.
  21. Repeat steps 18 and 19 for the seat backing.
  22. Once seat backing upholstery is secure and taught, zip up the backing.
  23. Reinstall the headrest.
  24. And finally, reinstall the seat.
  25. Wow, you’re done! Congratulations.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. How to reupholster a dining chair?


thrifted or secondhand chairs
screwdriver or drill
scissors or shears (depending on fabric choice)
staple gun and staples
a new filling may be needed in some cases

*What fabric to choose? In the event that you are new to reupholstering, I would pick something that is anything but difficult to work with (entirely foldable/bendable) and economical. This will give you more freedom to, well, make mistakes, and try again if you need it. A quilters cotton is an OK choice, just Scotchguard after you’re done to help protect it. But other fabrics can work even better if you’re up to it, like thicker upholstery fabrics, faux fur, oilcloth (if you want something super wipeable), or even leather or faux leather. These can be more challenging to work with, but they can be of higher quality and may last longer.

Step One:

After buying your chair(s), take the cushions off and thoroughly clean both the wood or metal frame and the cushions. What you use to clean may vary based on the types of material you use, but this is just a good time to give your new (to you) chair a very good wipe down.

In the event that you intend to paint the seat outline, you can do so now as well. I painted one of the chairs but I ended up liking the wood color on the other two, so I just distressed a little more with sandpaper before cleaning.

Step Two:

Time to wrap the cushions in the new fabric. Think of this like wrapping a present. It’s super easy when the present is in a perfectly square or rectangle box, but it’s more challenging if it’s not. Right? I like to do two opposite sides first (stapling down the fabric as I go, like using a LOT of tape on a present), then folding and figuring out my corners as I wrap the other two sides.

For the two chairs that had back cushions, I also wrapped the fabric and folded so the seam was inside and stapled on the black portion of my fabric. Then, once I reassembled the chairs, I painted the tops of the staples with a very fine brush and black acrylic paint so they don’t show.

Step Three:

Reassemble the chairs. If the screws are rusty, you can replace them with similar-sized ones, or use the old ones that came with the chair. If you want to protect your fabric more, spray on some Scotchguard or a similar product; this may not be necessary for certain fabric types. Test a piece of scrap fabric if you are unsure before spraying the whole chair.

Q. How much to reupholster a couch?

A. Reupholstering a sofa costs $600 to $4,000, with a normal expense of $1,750.You’ll pay $50 to $70 per yard on normal for texture, with work paces of $40 to $100 per hour.

Average Cost $1,750
High Cost $4,000
Low Cost $600

Q. How to reupholster boat seats?

A. On the off chance that your boat seats are beginning to show the attacks of time, you can make them look all around great with your own reupholster venture. Just as supplanting the boat seat vinyl and froth, it additionally offers you the chance to switch up shades of the covers in the event that you wish.

By figuring out how to reupholster boat pads, seats, and covers you could likewise spare yourself a great deal of cash contrasted with an expert doing it, or purchasing new seats totally.

The accompanying bit by bit guide will let you know precisely what you need to do to reupholster your boat seats, regardless of whether that is on a barge boat or something else. The cycle is the very same regardless of what kind of boat you have.

Rather than sewing, you will utilize a staple weapon. It’s a tried and tested method that almost anyone can do without needing to spend money on an expensive industrial sewing machine or having sewing expertise.

You can get really good results with this, and for the person who isn’t comfortable using a sewing machine, it can be quicker and easier.

What you will need:

  • Marine-grade vinyl
  • Foam padding
  • Screwdriver
  • China marker/grease pencils
  • Sewing scissors
  • Industrial stapler or carpet tacker view on Amazon with staples

Step 1: Measure up your vinyl and foam

You will be utilizing your old boat seat covers as formats to cut the new vinyl.

What you can do progress of time is eliminate one pad and seat from your barge boat, at that point dismantle it utilizing your screwdriver to lift the current staples out from underneath.

Eliminate the old vinyl and spread it out on the floor and furthermore investigate the froth cushioning. The cushioning may likewise require supplanting if it has water harm.