Introduction: Reupholstery

Reupholstering allows you to keep an existing piece of furniture. Very often, it is only the superficial elements of furniture that are worn and damaged, and these can be easily replaced and renewed by a skilled upholsterer. It is possible to attempt to do this yourself, if you have experience with joinery and working with similar materials. Although, it's best to practice on a very old piece of furniture that you definitely don't want to keep...

Step 1: Very Carefully - Remove All Existing Upholstery Down to the Bare Wood of the Furniture

Step 2: Inspect the Frame for Any Faults or Damage. Tighten Joints If Required

Step 3: If Necessary, Replace the Springs and Webs

Step 4: Replace the Old Padding and Stuffing - This Is Required 90% of the Time Depending on Age of the Furniture

Step 5: With Chosen Fabric, Reupholster the Furniture Using Webbing

Webbing involves developing the foundation on most furniture. Webbing helps the frame to become strong and allow it to bear weight.

Step 6: Springing

Add and replace springs if required. Springs are important for added resilience, depth and of course comfort of the seat. The also add shape.

Step 7: Stuffing

Stuffing and padding is next. Stuffing provides comfort and longer life

Step 8: Buttoning

Deep buttoning requires requires a great amount of skill. It creates a vintage look and feel

Step 9: Finishing

Finally, apply the top cover and finish.

Reupholstering is a great alternative to buying a new sofa, and throwing away the old one.

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    6 years ago

    disapointing... shows stuff without great explanation...


    7 years ago

    Your time lapse video is awesome! I would really love to see some step-by-step photos to go along with your directions!! This would be such a valuable tool for those who wish to DIY upholster!


    Reply 7 years ago

    Thank you :) I'll see if we have any pics to go with the instructions...