8 Tips to Upholstering

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Hey there, Mea here!

A couple of weeks ago I completed an armchair and ottoman combo. It was one of my first larger projects and I must say that it was quite adventurous. As I was working on this project, I learned some pretty useful tips that I want to share with my fellow DIYers. So with out further ado, here goes some tips I learned about upholstery.

  1. Remember, upholstering is just like a big puzzle. – When I first started taking furniture apart I realize upholstering is just like a big puzzle. In other words, the way that you take it apart, is just about the way you put it back but in reverse. This leads to my next tip.
  2. Number your pieces as you take the fabric off. – So something I really helps me when I upholster furniture is that I number the pieces of fabric as I removed them from off the item. This really helps when I am trying to figure out what I am measuring and in what order I need to put the pieces back on.
  3. Try to get your old fabric off your pieces as neat as possible. – This is a really good point because when you are starting to cut out the new fabric you can use the old fabric as a template. Once you are done cutting out the new piece, keep it with the template so that you can know what goes where. This cuts down on time and guessing.
  4. Invest in an upholstery stapler remover and wear some good gloves. – I cannot tell you how important it is to have a good stapler remover when it comes to revamping upholstery. This is beneficical because sometimes you may have a piece of furniture that have only a couple of staples but then it could have one that has hundreds (depending on the methods of the previous upholsterer). Now note, the stapler remover for upholstery and one for office use are totally different. You can find a couple of good starter ones at a Joann fabric or any other fabric store.
  5. Make sure that you look beyond the fabric. – So one of the important things about reupholstering is that you have to take in consideration that there is more than just the fabric that may need to be replaced such as the foam, springs, and frame to name a few. The goal is to check before you start taking things apart or learning as you go along. There have been a couple of situations that I have had when I thought the chair looked good, but once I took it apart it was a whole different monster.
  6. Make sure that your Fabric is made for upholstery projects. – So when you go your local fabric store, you will come across the many fabric sections that it holds. One thing that you have to take in consideration is that there are multiple types of fabrics. You have apparel fabric, upholstery fabric, and fleece to name a few. While selecting the correct fabric for your furniture, make sure that you pick something that is durable and is best for the piece that you are reupholstering (More details coming soon!).
  7. Start small. – I know it is can be very tempting, but if this is your first project, it is best to start on a small project like revamping a dining room chair. This will get you comfortable with the process and may be light on your pockets money wise.
  8. Take your time. – Upholstery is not a fast paced project, its better to take your time and do it right.

So these are some of the tips I have learned from upholstery. As I learn more I will share! If you have learned anything, please let me know in the comments below! Have an awesome day!



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