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How to change the look of an armchair

Want to renew your furniture for little? Today we will show you two solutions to change the look of an armchair, to reuse it and maximize its useful life.

In this way, we also offer you tips to learn how to change the upholstery in an armchair or to sew removable cushions.

The possibilities offered by fabrics for upholstery and for covering furniture are surprising. Before starting to play with the various fabric fantasies, it is possible to modernize the appearance of an armchair just by changing the way the fabric is positioned.

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The first step to take when deciding to upholster is to decide if you want to furnish a room starting from the upholstery, making it the protagonist, or you prefer to adapt the fabrics to the surrounding environment.

Upholstery fabrics must be thick, to prevent them from deforming, and resistant to wear. Narrow-woven cotton fabrics, such as canvas and velvet, are very durable, ideal for homes where there are children.

In case you decide to adapt the upholstery to an already furnished environment, you must keep in mind that the floral patterned wallpaper, in squares or stripes, fits well in rustic and classic environments. Likewise, plain-colored upholstery looks good in modern environments.

Cut and sew techniques to change the look of an armchair

DIY upholstery

The first step to renew the upholstery of an armchair is to remove the old cover. This is a rather easy operation that you can do yourself.

A few tools are required to remove the old upholstery from a seat: all you need is a sharp knife, a sharp chisel to remove the upholstery fixed to the lower edge of the armchair through staples and nails. A very simple home procedure that any DIY enthusiast can put into practice is the following:

  1. Measure the seat of the chair that must be upholstered and cut a square of chipboard of the same size. Then, with a pair of scissors, cut a square of wadding of the same size as the wooden board.
  2. Attach the wadding to the wooden board with spray glue and cover both with a layer of calico, fixed to the wood through staples.
  3. Once the first canvas is fixed, the seat is again covered with the chosen upholstery fabric, leaving some space for the corners. Grab the canvas from the bottom and pull the corners well, making sure there are no wrinkles.
  4. To get a good result, cover the lower part of the seat with a square of hard canvas, such as jute, fold the edges inward and fix the canvas to the wood with staples. Once the seat is upholstered, all you have to do is insert it in the armchair.

Line the seats

There are various reasons why you might want to line an armchair: hide the imperfections of the furniture, cover it for a special occasion or simply renew its look.

The armchairs are just like a mannequin, you can dress them to your liking. There are adherent linings, which blend together with the structure of the chair as if they were gloves and others softer, with an informal cut.

You can also decide to cover the whole chair, including feet, with a band that covers the base or only cover one part: the seat, the backrest, or both.

Colorful upholstery fabrics

Take care of the details to change the look of your chairs

There are various finishes with which to adorn the cover. Pleats, knots, bows, tassels, buttons and rivets are just some of the options to choose from to transform your linings.

For example, with fringes and tassels you can add structure and give a sophisticated touch. Even placing a row of buttons on the base of the chair cover gives good results, while the folds can be used to camouflage the shape of the chair.

How to sew a removable cover

Seam of the lining

Let’s look at the process to create a custom-made coating successfully.

  1. First of all, keep the necessary materials at hand: the fabric chosen for the lining and the edges, scissors, thread of the same shade of the fabric and pins. Then you need to take the measurements of the different parts of the chair you want to cover: back, seat and legs.
  2. Cut the pieces by calculating about 2.5 cm for the edges and mount them on the armchair, fixing them with pins. To make sure that the upholstery fits the structure of the chair the best thing is to sit up.
  3. To finish the edges, insert a cord into a strip of previously cut canvas. Finally you must pin it up and sew it.
  4. Combine the edge to the reverse of the fabric so that it occurs in the middle of the seam.
  5. Fix the edge to the seam using the pins, then baste it to prevent it from moving and finally sew it by hand.
  6. To make the edge fit the seat structure without pulling, make small V-shaped cuts. Finally turn the upholstery so as to see the straight side and place it on the armchair.

And what do you prefer? Do you like to upholster or reseal the seats? To you the choice!

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