HOW TO UPHOLSTER AN OPEN CHAIR BACK STEP I





I've received many messages asking for this next tutorial, so no more need to pass by these chairs.
I'm going to show you how to get the back of this style chair upholstered.


We are going to start at the point after all the stripping and frame is already refinished.


I use a hand held, arm powered stapler with 1/4" staples.
I do have an electric stapler but because of the safety feature
it will not work with the tight ledge of this chair.


Here is a close up of the frame profile.
You can even see where the old staples were.


Start by shooting 3 staple in the top edge to start securing your fabric.


Figure out the best angle for your stapler to be used with your chair.


Here is a close up of where the staples are actually going into the frame.


The next place to attach your fabric is directly opposite of your first three staples,
down on the bottom edge.


Then across from each other.


Hold your fabric taught each time you shoot every staple in.


Once you have your 4 points of contact, simply go around attaching your fabric
with staples ever inch, continue to pull the fabric taught.


Once you are finished stapling, trim your fabric to 1/2 inch excess, I use small scissors cause
they are easier to work with in close corners.


Tip and turn your chair so everything you are doing is comfortable for your hands.
Make sure to pick a good work surface, I use my bed every time.


This overhang of fabric will simply be folded in and hidden inside of STEP II


You can bounce a coin off the fabric like a drum if done well.


Step II Filler and Front Fabric:

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6 comments:

  1. So helpful...looking forward to Step 2!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  2. Great tutorial - thank you! I have a similar pair of chairs that I'll be tackling at some point. I'll check back for step 2!

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  3. I can't wait for step 11. This looks amazing and super tutorial. Hugs, Marty

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  4. This is great, I have one of these chairs I am getting ready to do. Can't wait for part II. Thank you for posting this.

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  5. This is a great tutorial, Kristy! Your pictures along with explanation are so clear! Thank you!

    Robin

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  6. This is amazingly helpful and timely. I had bought some very similar chairs about a week before you started this series. I had already bought the same fabric just before your post came out. You must have some kind of ESP or something.lol
    My dad is busy removing staples as I type. Thanks a million for the great help.
    *Hugs*

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THANK YOU ALL!