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How to upholster a chair seat

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As some of you know, I've been working on some old chairs lately.
They are literally driving me crazy because their style is pretty hard to upholster! But in the meantime, I was asked to upholster another chair seat that is much easier to do and it took me about an hour to make it.

This kind of seat is very common so I hope this Instructable will be useful to you!

Before I started to work on this seat, I removed everything that was around it because it was broken, so all that was left was a wood frame. In case yours is fine and all you have to do is covering it, go to Step 4.
 
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Step 1: What you need

Step 2:

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First of all take your upholstery webbing. 
Fold the beginning of it so that it can't break and, using the staple gun, attach it to about one half of the wood frame, as you can see in the pictures.

The webbing must arrive to the other side of the frame so cut it where the wood ends.
Pull the webbing as tight as you can and secure it with a few staples leaving a couple of cm (0.78 inches) free. 
Like you did at the beginning, fold the end and attach it. The only difference is that it will be upside down but don't worry.

Do the same on the other half of the frame.

Now rotate the frame and repeat the same process so that there will be 2 new strips perpendicular to the first ones.
You can twist them like I did (see the pictures) but it's not really important.
vbmdsm1 year ago
Great Instructable...I've been putting off re-doing the chairs of an old dinning set we recently bought. Now I'm eager to have a go...thanks for the inspiration and the information to follow.
lindarose92 (author)  vbmdsm1 year ago
Thank you! I am so glad that this is helpful to you :)
Thanks for the detailed instructions! Looks like something even a non-handy person like myself could do.
lindarose92 (author)  traveler7581 year ago
Oh yes, I am sure of that! I'm a beginner and this is one of the easiest things to me :)
dogtag1 year ago
I love it.really great job
lindarose92 (author)  dogtag1 year ago
Thank you so much! I am still learning so this means a lot to me :)
workislove1 year ago
Nice to see this! I may try making a chair in the future, but wondered how hard the upholstery part might be - this gives me some confidence!
lindarose92 (author)  workislove1 year ago
I am glad this was helpful to you! Believe me, it's not as hard as it may seem :)
Luziviech1 year ago
I'm doin a stage in a saddlery for 3 years now; my boss is not the old-fashioned one, so he combines rather modern techniques with this profession. So from what i learned from him, for the webbing i'd suggest you to use old safety belts from junkyards as they don't brittle over time. Also grind down the inner edges of the frame to make things lesser sharp. Then use tiny nails instead of staples: we cut a small piece of leather, lay it across the belt and nail it with three nails in a row, then fold over the end of the belt and add four more nails in a trapezoid shape. On the other end of the belt, you can use this tool (can commonly been purchased at fleamarkets and ebay from ppl who dunno what it is): http://www2.fachgebaerdenlexikon.de/typo3temp/pics/86bf408a99.jpg - the spikes can be pushed through the belt on the downside - on the other end of the tool is a reversed edge which can be hooked onto the edge of the frame - you press down the tool and keep it strained with your hips. This way you got your hands free to hammer the second end of the belt...
lindarose92 (author)  Luziviech1 year ago
Thank you so much for your advice!
My father has been an upholsterer most of his life so what I do is what I am learning from him. But like I said, I am still learning so this will be very useful to me :) thank you again!
Awesome instructable with necessary detail!
lindarose92 (author)  envirolutionary1 year ago
I am so glad to hear this, it means a lot! Thank you!! :)
PitStoP1 year ago
Looks great! =)
lindarose92 (author)  PitStoP1 year ago
Thank you very much! :)
Beautiful chair! You made a great job!
lindarose92 (author)  M.C. Langer1 year ago
Thank you so much!! :)
You're welcome! :-)
Very nicely done! I never knew about the webbing!
lindarose92 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thank you Nicole! Can you believe that it took me more time to research the name of it and some other things in English than writing the whole Instructable? haha :D