Step 1: Supplies
-Staples (check the size of the staple and compare to the staple gun)
-Fabric (enough to cover the surface + 2 additional inches on every side)
-Hammer or flathead screwdriver
Step 2: How to Use the Staple Gun
Step 3: Strip Old Fabric
If there is an existing fabric, you can choose to cover over it or remove it, I would suggest removing any old fabric to avoid excessive stapling. Begin by using your hammer to pull up old staples, they should come up easily but you can also use pliers if you have trouble with this step.
When it is all done, your surface should look like the picture in the bottom right corner, completely clean and ready for new staples.
Step 4: Preparing Fabric and Surface
Start by layout out your selected fabric, and making sure you have enough to cover the front of your intended surface, and still have a two-inch border on every side, allowing for space to staple on the opposite side.
If your fabric sample is too large, cut it down to the appropriate size. Excess fabric can be bulky, bunch up around the corners, and is unnecessary.
Because I am re-covering a dining room chair, I selected a fabric with a crypton backing. These are used to prevent penetration of food and drink, and are easily cleaned. You can select the fabric that is best for your situation.
Step 5: Begin to Staple
Once fabric is secured, use the staple gun (as shown in the video) and place a few staples all along the first side. Remember to add pressure so these staples attach fully and do not bounce back up.
Step 6: Removing Accidents
There are two options when faced with this problem:
- Using the other end of the hammer, pull the staple out and discard of it.
- Using the hammer head, hit the staple further down into the backing.
This all depends on how deep down the staple is, so use your judgement in the situation if it happens to you.
Step 7: Stapling Additional Sides
After the first two sides are complete, repeat the same process with the secondary sides, pulling just as tightly on each of them.
When this is complete, you may lift the piece up to examine your work, if there are any mistakes or the fabric is not pulled as tight as you need it to be, this is the time to fix it. Remove staples and repeat the previous steps (steps 4-6).
If you are pleased with the results, your surface should look something like the lower picture, with the corners unattached. We will cover that in the next steps.
Step 8: Corner Detail
Step 9: Cutting Corners
Take the scissors and slice off the appropriate amount, and then begin to fold and staple. The end result should look similar to the bottom picture seen here.
As you can also see, there is still a great deal of fabric that is unattached - but we'll get to that.
Step 10: Final Touch-ups
You will need to add additional staples to each "bubble" the fabric makes, concentrating mainly on the corners. Sometimes extra pressure is required before you can staple all the way through two or three layer of fabric, so be prepared to put some muscle into it!
When you feel the fabric is secured on all sides and corners, flip the piece over again and Voila! Your new upholstered furniture looks marvelous!
Step 11: Final Product
These pictures are what the chair(s) will look like when it is all finished. I have done this to all the chairs in my apartment, as you can see, using fabric scraps from work, old clothing, or fabric purchased from a fabric store. Anything will work, and it is a fun way to personalize and give your home the fun and unique look, even if you're on a budget (like me!)
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and that it helps you on your way to updating your space.