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How to re-cover an armchair

Whether you have found it in the attic or in a vintage market, the chair of your dreams will certainly need a new look. Discover with us how to reseal it.


  • Fabric
  • Wrapping paper
  • Pins
  • Batting by the meter
  • Pencil
  • Wire
  • Mattress needle
  • Staple Gun

How you do it

  1. Choose the fabric: if you plan to use the chair every day, you need one for upholstery that thanks to the dense textures will resist wear well.
  2. With a screwdriver, remove the old cover without tearing the fabric, which you will need to create the pattern.
  3. He photographs the disassembly step by step, specifying with a number which part of the chair belongs to each piece, so final reassembly will be easier.
  4. Pin the paper patterns to the fabric and trace the outline with chalk. Cut and number each piece.
  5. If the straw padding is damaged, remove it, clean the bottom with a vacuum cleaner and replace it.
  6. Smooth and repaint the chair legs if necessary.
  7. Create the padding in synthetic wadding to be fixed to the structure with nails.
  8. Proceeding in reverse with respect to the unstitching, fix each piece of fabric with the spreader, stretching the fabric well.
  9. Cover the back by sewing the fabric by hand with hidden stitches, with the curved needle.
  10. Reposition the fabric on the bottom of the seat and fix it to the base with staples.

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