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Upholstering 2 Chairs For My Living Room #3: Measuring the Chair Body

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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 208 days ago 689 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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What size do all those upholstery pieces need to be? It’s not so bad actually to determine that. It’s exactly like making a cut list.

I labeled some parts of the chair for you.



In case it’s hard to read,

I have an inside back, Outside back, 2 inside arms, 2 outside arms, Deck and front. The rest of the parts are like trim pieces.

Here is what you need to get started (aside from the chair).

Yup – that’s paper, a pen (pencil, crayon, tablet etc..) and measuring tape. Take a look at the blog to see how it’s done.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!



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#1 posted 208 days ago

Go ahead and write the parts you are going to cut on your paper.

You can start any place you like. I’ll start with the deck.

I pushed the measuring tape a few inches into that crack that catches all the cheerios and loose change.

And then I came all the way to the line where the deck is sewn to the front (or front deck). There is about a half inch of fabric involved with that seam so you can add that into you measurement. That is the front and back.

Now side to side. I skipped the fabulous photography and just measured from out side arm to at side arm at deck level.

Write it down.

How about the front of the chair?

This time start measuring at the deck seam and remember that extra half inch.

I wrapped that tape all the way to the underside the added an inch and a half (or just add 2 inches to your one measurement…)
Write it down.

How about side to side of the front?

I started an ample amount past the outside arm then went wrapped the whole front of the chair and added an equal about to the other side.
Write it down.

We have the Deck and the front measured.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#2 posted 208 days ago

Arms next.

Top to bottom:

Get that tape a few inches into the cheerios trap.

Then wrap the tape all the way around to the outside arm and add a few inches.
Write it down.


I started with an ample amount of slack to the middle of that cover-up panel then found the longest distance to the back of the chair.

Write it down.

Outside arms top to bottom.

Start at the place where inside arm meets outside arm.

Bring the tape underneath and add 3 inches.
Write it down.

Those are the arms.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#3 posted 208 days ago

Alrighty then,

Martha wanted to use the pc so this is an iPhone post. No images included this time.

Inside back top to bottom.
Insert the measuring tape into the fruit loop catcher were the deck and inside back meet. Wrap the tape all the around to where the outside back meets the inside back. Add a few inches.

Write it down.

Side to side.
Wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of the inside back. It’s usually at the top of the arms. Add at least 5 inches because of the slant of the back. You have to reach further with the fabric, the lower you go.

Write it down.

Outside back.

Just measure top to bottom and side to side. Add 3 inches to both and write it down.

You are finally ready to get out the scissors. Have a lot of fun. I’ll post a body cutting blog when I can get to the pc and the urge. ;)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#4 posted 208 days ago

...’deer in the headlights’ stare, ...but i’m good to go ‘cause you included visual aids to refer back to.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#5 posted 203 days ago

Howdy Len,

For the most part – If you measure how big it is and add 3 inches, You’re going to be correct most of the time. The rest of the time – you may need to extend the fabric by sewing on a pull. I actually had to do that on this project.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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