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Covering dining chairs

I have acquired 6 dark wood dining chairs which have covered seats. I don't like the design and have brought some material (How expensive!!!)
to recover them. I have removed one cover and will use that as a pattern, the seat has a remarkably hard chipboard bottom and a foam pad in good order. Any tips for making sure I get a good end result, I have only got just enough material so can't afford to make mistakes.  Thanks  
Yorkshire Geordie

General information can be found at a number of sites catering for upholstery.
This one covers dining chairs and may be of interest:-,pageNum-4.html#slideshow
Good luck - and let's have some photos if only of the finished results.

Good luck.
I did an upholstery night class course when I was a student (decades ago   ). Perhaps there is something like that that you can join.

Something I heard recently (again) ... Measure twice, cut once. It is really, really good to make sure your fabric measurements are as exact as can be. The other thing I like to do is take the piece I've removed and endeavor to copy it to a 't'. One last thing... If you have some scrap fabric or an old sheet or piece of clothing... Use it for your initial try.

Please post pics

Thanks for the advice . I will definitely try with a trial piece of material first Rena. If ever I work out how to post pictures on here I will put some up.  

It's  worth while lining any foam before the final covering is fixed in place.
The upholsters use either a knitted muslin stuff (which is a total pain in the neck, ladders like cheap tights and sheds wee bits of white cotton every blooming where from every cut edge) or good scrim.

I found that some of the expensive fabric I bought shredded very easily at cut edges (or rather the weft threads slipped out of the warp ones as though they were desperate to escape) In the end I drew the shape I wanted to cut out of my fabric on the reverse, and then used the sewing machine to zigzag on that line, and only then did I cut the piece about a quarter inch outside of my stitching.

It's also very, very, worth while buying a can of Scotchguard spray and using it on the finished upholstery    that makes it very easy indeed to clean up or even just freshen up/spring clean with a damp cloth. It really does stop stains, especially if there are messy eaters at the table.

A good staple gun makes a lot of difference in home upholstery these days; no more tacks or pins…..and easier to remove if not quite in place too.

Best of luck with it.


Toddy reminded me of a produce we have called 'Fray block' ... It takes care of any unraveling once your fabric is cut. I totally love having it for just such occasions. Might be of help to you as well.

Thank you, the material is fraying, so I will take your advise. The Scotchguard and Frayblock look like very good ideas, I will go shopping at the weekend  

The usual stuff in the UK is Fray Check. It does work, but it doesn't let you pull against it, iimmc. It's very good for the cut edges of blinds and the like.

Slightly watered down pva (white glue) just gently brushed on helps too. It needs to be left to dry though.


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