How To Cover A Chair Without Reupholstering – Need to reupholster a wing chair? Here are my top tips and simple steps for reupholstering a wing chair. With costs and pros and cons.
But I finally decided to go for it and re-upholster my wing chair in the most beautiful blue velvet fabric. And, it looks great!
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But rearranging a wing chair is a lot of work. And I learned a lot on this DIY upholstery project. Today I have my tips and instructions for reupholstering a wing chair for you.
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This is not a step-by-step guide from me. I don’t feel like I’ve covered enough ground to give a full step-by-step tutorial.
But I used some great tutorials to help me do this and I wanted to share them with you. I have some pros and cons of installing a wingback seat to help you decide if you should do it or not.
So I hope this post helps you decide if you are ready to install a wing chair or not.
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If you’ve never installed a wingback chair before, this DIY project is sure to be challenging. I would say this is an intermediate project.
You must have good attention to detail when reupholstering a chair. Content ranking can be easy to mess up.
Also, you can accidentally pull the material too tight in some places, making it look…slack, for lack of a better word.
I highly recommend taking your time and stepping back to look at each area carefully as you work. You can always remove staples or remove stitches in places that don’t look good.
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This DIY upholstery project will also take time. I worked for about 24 hours to make this throwback chair.
If you want to use a patterned fabric to reupholster your wing chair, you will use more fabric than a solid fabric.
This means that you will be limited to substituting a piece of fabric from the garden instead of wing chairs.
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If you’re upholstering your own chair, you’ll likely spend between $300 and $450 on fabric, batting, cord, yarn, and other items you’ll need at a hardware store.
Paying a professional to reupholster your chair often costs more than buying a new chair.
I recommend having your chair professionally upholstered if the chair is antique or has sentimental value.
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If your wing chair is a high quality chair with good frames, you may want to pay a professional to install it.
Check out these top rated wingback chairs on Amazon to see how much it costs to buy a new wingback chair. Some of these chairs are beautiful for $400.
Okay, now we’ve answered some frequently asked questions about reupholstering a wing chair. Let’s get into some DIY details.
And guys, I’m not good at sewing. I only know the basics. And that was enough to put this wing chair back together.
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If you have only used old sewing machines and found sewing difficult, you should try one of the newer computerized models.
This Brother sewing machine is very easy to use. It automatically lowers the needle at the end of each stitch, so you don’t have to remember.
And the instruction book contains very detailed pictures for setting up yarn and bobbin. I like this!
Plus they cost around $150. I have used this sewing machine for decades, so it is worth it.
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I used Citristip and ClingWrap to remove just the texture on the legs. I wanted to lighten them without removing them or polishing them. There was an easy way to do it.
Before you start, check your chair carefully. You should be able to figure out the order in which the fabric pieces are added to the chair.
Most wing backs can remove the dust particles in the following order. But please confirm your departure time.
It was fabric-wrapped tape going down the back of my chair.
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The back of my wing chair has adhesive strips on both sides, a plastic strip on top and staples on the bottom.
The wing backs are not sewn to the back of the chair. All you have to do is hammer the metal strips with a hammer or rubber mallet.
Here you can see the strip I used on the top of the back of my chair.
I reused the metal strips on the sides of the back piece. But instead of the plastic tapes at the top.
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I also used wire nails on the new bars, to make sure they go deep into the frame.
Make sure you lay the nails or staples very flat here or they will start to wear on the fabric. You will also see bumps.
When reupholstering a chair back, try to use the pieces you remove as a cutting guide whenever possible.
Fastening is the biggest part of reupholstering a wing chair. I pin, check and pin each new fabric several times before sewing.
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Here you can see that I taped the fabric to the foam to hold it in place when I attached the string.
Making sure everything fits correctly before you sew is key to saving time and getting the best results.
First, the seat is the hardest part for a non-sewer, like me, so make sure you take your time and attach carefully. You can always loosen the parts that need a little adjustment.
Second, when the seat and each side are completely sewn, check that it is completely perfect and remove excess material in the seams to avoid uncomfortable lumps in the chair.
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How beautiful is this material! I have to say velvet is a wonderful material to sit on. I feel like a stuffed animal is hugging me right now. 🙂
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Last week I shared with you the full reveal of our modern farmhouse living room design. A big part of our living room renovation was DIY furniture and upholstery.
I’ve already shared tutorials for the matching Blue Velvet DIY Upholstered Ottoman and Teal DIY Farmhouse Console Table.
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Feeling inspired? Now you’ve seen these tips and tricks for reupholstering a wing chair. Have fun and let me know if you have any questions.
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We have a wingback chair that urgently needs reupholstering, but I’ve been putting it off because it looks too complicated. Pinned to come back when I finally figure it out
It took a long time, but once I started it was just a series of steps. You absolutely can. 🙂
Wow that’s great! Love the new look of the chair, love the color, love the fabric. Thanks for sharing.
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Stephanie! I love your wing chair! Wow! I’ve always wanted to learn how to quilt so it doesn’t look like a five year old tried it and you look amazing. I was really inspired. Please post to our online party and celebrate your story… we’re live on Monday at 8pm. You have good ideas. Kari @ Me and My Captain https://www.meandmycaptain.com Hello everyone, this is Emily. I did something big, time consuming and quite difficult. But I did it! I have been wanting to reupholster a chair for a long time. I have restored chairs, but this is a simple cushion. This time, however, I went full, big, full padding. I also challenged myself and did it without fail!
There aren’t many examples of this online, so it was a lot of trial and error for me. I bought this chair a