Jul 162011

Quick DIY Upholstery

Quick DIY Upholstery

Because so many of you have asked, I’m going to show you how I upholstered my first piece of furniture. This method is not how a professional would do upholstery, but I want to show you that you can upholster a chair with nothing but a staple gun, a glue gun, and about $25 worth of fabric remnants. It’s a quick, inexpensive, and fun way to upgrade an old piece of furniture for your home.
Unfortunately, I did not take pictures of the process while I was doing it because I did not know I would have this website. But in this video, I walk you through the steps I took to re-upholster this whimsical-looking chair. I did not remove the original fabric, but upholstered right on top of the existing fabric.
First, I painted the wood a cool blue with a shimmery glaze. Then I used a glue gun to secure the fabric between the vertical tufts on the back of the chair, and then it was pretty much the use of a staple gun to secure the remaining pieces of fabric to the wood frame. In case you’re worried that the glued fabric might come undone, at one point I tried to pry a piece free so I could re-do it, but no matter how I pulled at the fabric–even prying with a screwdriver–the upholstery would not come free. So, yes, this method is secure.
If you liked this chair, you may like my rocking chair reupholstery too.

  9 Responses to “Do It Yourself Furniture Upholstery”

  1. Thanks for the smart chic inspiration! I reupholstered mine just like yours. Just one little bitty question, how do you normally clean it? I read from http://www.electrodry.com.au/the-secret-to-great-upholstery-cleaning/ about the Cleaning Pie method but how about spillage? I accidentally soiled mine with pen ink. I would really appreciate your tips.


    • Hm. Cleaning ink is not my specialty. That is a tough one. Here’s what I would do: experiment by staining a small scrap with ink (if you have any scraps left over), then try cleaning it with hand sanitizer. Blot it on with a cotton ball. Don’t rub back and forth. Just keep blotting until at least most of it comes out. If that works on the scrap, it’ll work on the upholstered chair.
      But see if you can find some expert article on ink stain cleaning.
      Let me know how it turns out and what information you find, ok?