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01-07-2015 03:51 AM

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Hey everyone.

I’ve been thinking about trying to make an upholstered project this year. I was wondering if someone out there could share any resources they may have found regarding the design and construction of wooden frames for upholstered pieces. I’ve already found a few good books on doing the actual upholstering, but I’m just wondering if there are features/modifications I need to add/make when constructing the wooden frame. Hopefully that’s not a dumb question, but this will be my first attempt so I’m just trying to think about as much as I can before I get started.


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#1 posted 01-07-2015 04:01 AM

Start with a modest modern project. Upholstery is very
complex for traditional styles. In a recent conversation
with a designer of production upholstered furniture
she admitted there is no text how to do it. The 3
dimensional thinking must be developed through
experience. Tearing apart upholstered pieces is
useful for learning.

You might consider doing a chair with a slip seat.

There’s a pricey book on designing upholstered furniture
but it’s rather restricted to mid-century styles. I have
the book so I know.

That said, you can design and make any furniture piece
you want as long as you see it through, so persevere
and try new things.

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#2 posted 01-07-2015 04:12 AM

I built the framework for these, but did not upholster them.
I agree with Loren about tearing some things apart and seeing how they were done. For the most part, construction is very crudely done, sanding and smoothing over everything.
Really depends on what you are going to try to build.
I’ve taken a few apart and was very surprised to see the lack of quality spent on the frameworks..maybe not much is needed as it’s going to be covered. Good sound structure is all that matters I suppose.

(sorry I don’t have pics of the framework.)

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#3 posted 01-08-2015 05:31 PM

Thanks for the feedback you two. That’s kind of what I expected, but wanted to check before I did something stupid. I might head down to one of the used/recycled home improvement places nearby, find something cheap, and tear into it. Then I could re-upholster that for practice too and build a copy for practice.

Thanks again!

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