Upholstering 2 Chairs For My Living Room #9: Upholstering the Seat - A bit more

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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 01-30-2014 12:30 AM 1165 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Howdy – it’s been a few days and I thank you all for the kind comments.
Some of you doubt that you can upholster anything on the first try. I understand the sentiment. I’ve got to say that my father went into furniture manufacturing after he upholstered his first piece of furniture. It wasn’t just Old couch to 20 employees. But you can see the progression starting. He did a great job on his first couch and he said – I think I can do this.

I’ve got to say that upholstering a seat may seem like a lot of work or it may seem difficult. It’s not that bad. Just keep following and you’ll be able to do it yourself.

Let’s pick up from the last blog.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 01-30-2014 12:51 AM

We have made snips to make the deck fit underneath the arm of the chair. Now we need to make some cuts to make the seat fit around the outside arm of the chair.

Warning! If you have a T shaped chair seat like mine, and the T is made from springs, contact me for more information.

Here’s a view of the seat as we look at the front of the arm.

I have got to clip that fabric a little bit so I can staple the seat to the side of the arm. The Blue line shows the appropriate angle. go Slow as you approach the wooden edge of the outside of the chair. You will be able to sneak up to it with a few tries.

I had two layers to cut because of how I sewed the front of the chair to the deck.

Take a look at what I’m doing, I’m testing the turn from the front piece as it wraps around the wood on the outside arm. I added a blue arrow to show you an area of interest. If you get a pucker in that area, snip a little deeper into the fabric.

My cut was perfect ;) so I just stapled it down by working from top to bottom. I pulled downward fairly firmly and tugged toward the wood gently at the same time. I laid a row of staples.

While I was at it, I stapled that side to the bottom of the chair.

The last thing is to staple the fabric to the front of the arm.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#2 posted 01-30-2014 01:11 AM

You might as well attach the seat around the other arm because we are near the finish line (on the seat).

If you haven’t done it yet, tuck the back of the seat under the back and tuck the rest of the sides under the arms.

I stapled some of the back down first. Since I’m matching – I added a chalk line to my fabric center and the wood frame center so I could line up the stripes. (EDIT: I don’t see my chalk line. I knew I’d miss it if I wasn’t thinking about you all.)

We need to make a few more snip but these can be a little bit more forgiving than the front snips were. You will need to un-tuck your fabric by just the corner toward. Once you have that triangular flap of fabric exposed, cut from the tip of the corner to the frame. I forgot to take a picture of that so I did a mock-up in paint.

I pulled the very corner to me then snipped along the green line to the frame.

Now tuck it back in. The rest of the seat is VERY easy.

Be sure you trim off a bunch of the bulk like my fingers are pointing to the staple the back of the seat follow by both sides. As you staple down the sides, watch that you don’t distort your strip. You just need to pull medium firm and add staples.

And then – Stand back and Look!!! The seat is done!!!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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