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How to Measure Dining Room Chairs for Upholstery Fabric

Chairs are not all created—or upholstered—equally

Here we’ll show you how to reupholster a chair with a ‘drop-in’ or ‘screw-on’ seat-a style shared by many benches and stools. Seat bases can be constructed from a variety of materials: solid wood, plywood, pegboard and others. The seats are normally screwed on but can also be glued on or dropped in. The cushions can be foam, cotton or other natural materials.

Which stapler works best?

All the staplers shown will do the trick. The question is: How hard do you want to work-and squeeze-to ‘do the trick’? Your stapler buying decision may also hinge on a few other factors, including how often you’ll use it, what else you might use it for-and whether you need a good excuse to buy an air compressor.

Hand Stapler:It will give your hand a workout, and

Hand Stapler:It will give your hand a workout, and you may have to occasionally use a hammer to drive the staples all the way in, but you can still get good results. Make sure you hold the nose of the stapler firmly against the seat base when you pull the trigger.

Cost: $15 to $30

Electric Stapler:

Electric Stapler:

We used one for our project and it worked flawlessly. You still need to firmly press the nose against the fabric and plywood to get a well-seated staple-but it’s way easier on the hand. As a bonus, some models also shoot 3/4-in. and shorter brad nails.

Cost: $25 to $75

Pneumatic Stapler:

Pneumatic Stapler:

If you’re going to be stapling for hours on end, invest in a pneumatic stapler. These drive the staples flush with the pull of a finger and allow you to be extremely accurate in the placement of your staples. Some tools also drive brad nails up to 1-1/4 in.

Cost: $40 to $150 (plus air compressor)

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How much does upholstery work cost?

Prices for upholstery cleaning range between $60 and $300, and prices for reupholstering furniture range between $150 and $1,500 depending on a number of factors. On average, homeowners pay about $650 for professional upholstery work.

Essential Tips for Chair Upholstering

Keep these tips in mind to minimize the chances of running into a problem: 


  • Always put your work on a working table or any flat and clean surface.
  • Don’t throw away any upholstery pieces that you can use later, like webbing, padding, springs, or cardboard.
  • While removing staples from old chairs, wear protective glasses and gloves.
  • If you need extra cushion and comfort, you can add more layers of foam.

Folding and Attaching

You can’t avoid pleats and folds on the corners. The key here is to make sure all the corners look the same. That’s why it’s better to do the butterfly corner.

Instead of spray adhesive, you could use hot glue. But make sure the hot glue is of high quality and heavy-duty.

When you cut fabric and batting, always leave 2″ or 3″ over the original dimensions for folding or tucking under the chair, and you have enough fabric to hold onto when you staple.

Take Notes

If your seat is square, make sure to mark the front and back sides. This way, you won’t confuse the sides when you reinstall the seat.

If you need to take the pieces of a chair apart, make notes, or take photos to know which part goes.

Can you recover a leather sofa with fabric?

Recover your sofa from leather to fabric. We strip back your sofa to the bare frame. Repair anything that’s worn or damaged and make sure it’s as tightly screwed together as it was the day it left the factory. We add new quality foams to reinforce the seating area and then recover it in the fabric of your choice.

How Much Does it Cost to Upholster a Wing Chair?

If you hire a professional to upholster your wing chair, it will cost between $600 and $1500.

If you reupholster your own wingback chair, you will probably spend between $300 and $450 on the fabric by the yard, batting, cording, thread, and other items you’ll need from a fabric store.

What You Need To Reupholster a Wingback Chair

Here’s a list of everything you’ll likely need to reupholster your chair.

Things You’ll Need

  • Easy chair
  • Upholstery fabric
  • 1/2 inch thick polyester batting
  • Foam core
  • Camera
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Seam ripper
  • Box cutter
  • Masking tape
  • Pen
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Upholstery thread
  • Upholstery needle
  • Upholstery tacks (optional)
  • Cardboard
  • Hammer
  • Rubber bands
  • Fabric adhesive
  • Fabric scissors
  • Plastic piping

Install the new fabric

Add the batting

Cut the batting so it overhangs all sides of the seat by about 4 in. Then drive a single staple on each side to hold the foam in place.

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