If you stumble upon an outdated looking piece of upholstered furniture in your home, you might think that giving it away would be the best solution. Same goes when you see a once good looking but now worn down and tattered piece of upholstered furniture, your first instinct might be just to throw it away. When you opt to throw out or give away a good piece of furniture with still a solid wooden frame, you are throwing away good money along with it. With just a few pounds, a bit of brainstorming and proper upholstery tools, you could easily start a DIY project to reupholster the furniture back to its pristine shape. Getting all of the necessary materials and tools needed for the job is easy, thanks to one-stop upholstery shops such as Heico Direct. Now, it is just a matter of knowing what to do, how to start, and which steps to follow to complete such a simple yet tedious job.
Choosing What to Work With
You cannot just simply use any worn out, torn and tattered piece of upholstered furniture for your DIY project. You have to first check and consider whether or not the wooden frame is still in condition and is still sturdy enough for you to use for a long period of time. Once you find a piece that you could work with, then you are good to go to find the materials which would suit your needs and preferences.
Getting the Right Materials and Tools
You cannot just start a DIY reupholstering project without having the right materials and tools in hand. One of the most important steps that you should not miss to follow is to buy all of the essential upholstery tools you need. Basic tools that you would need are a staple or tack remover/puller, fabric shears, adhesives, tacks, staples, pliers, a mallet, a hammer, and of course the basic chalks, needles, and measuring tools. Once you have a simple tool kit containing all of the necessities, it would be right about time for you to choose which kind of fabric you would like to replace the existing one with. You could choose lighter fabrics such as silk, satin, or lace, but do understand that these are a bit more delicate and sensitive to deal with. You could also opt to heavier fabrics such as leather, but you will have to get yourself a pair of shears that are designed specifically for cutting such tough materials.
Stripping The Old Fabric Off
Working with old pieces of staples and tacks could be dangerous; that is why it is important to use the proper tools in doing so. Not only that, but wearing protective eyewear and gloves is also a very good idea. With tools such as a staple puller, you would be able to remove the old fabric properly, gently, and neatly so that you would not ruin anything, most especially the frame. Using the proper tools would also help you keep all of the padding, springs and webbing intact, to guarantee the durability of the newly upholstered piece of furniture.
Cutting Fabric Panels
Before you strip out the old fabric off of the furniture, it is best to take photos of the chair so that you would have something to go back to as a reference as you are working on the project. Once you have a bare furniture frame, you should be able to measure and cut your fabric according to the panels of the chair that you would reupholster. When cutting the fabric per panel, make sure that you would be able to centre the pattern on your fabric pieces should you opt for one with a design.
Attaching the Fabric
To complete your DIY reupholstering project, you should, of course, reupholster and attach the new fabric to each panel on the piece of furniture that you are working with. This is where your adhesives, sewing materials, tacks, staples, mallets, and hammers would come in handy. It is the last and crucial step to furniture reupholstering because, in this final step, you have to make sure that you are attaching everything together properly. This final step would be the basis of how sturdy and durable your piece of upholstered furniture would be once it is done. Remember to tuck in all of your fabric where it should be tucked so that no staples and tacks would be showing once you are done.