Let’s upholster the arms in three stages. This stage, shaping the arms, is most often skipped or ignored especially in these days of Quick Buck furniture. There is no need for that especially if you want your chair to look really good.
On top of that – it’s Easy!!!
On top of that – Spend time on the foundation and the rest will be easier.
That’s “Two On Top of that’s.” You can’t loose!
Take a look at the bare shape of these arms.
Without doing something to add shape to the arms, I’m going to have a diamond shape when I try to roll the fabric around it. Most manufactures use stiff cardboard to give the arm shape. It’s not bad and it’s fairly tough. How many times have you sat of the arm of a piece of furniture? Just once can crush the cardboard. Don’t do that unless you know how it was shaped. If you knock on the curve, and it makes a sound – It was shaped with cardboard.
Some manufactures do something worse, they pull jute webbing of synthetic strap very tightly from front to back and staple it down. Well – The straps stretch over time or tear loose from the staples. Saggy arm. I won’t tell you how to test for this because you can destroy the shape of the arm and the sales staff won’t like you.
Some manufacturers do something worse. The just stretch burlap over it which is not near as tough as the jute webbing or the straps. If you feel any of that wood through the fabric by pressing down firmly – just say no.
I’ll show you my shaping technique. Again – easy to do.
-- Thanks for all the lessons!