Before you go on a chair hunt, you need to know how to pick a chair to reupholster. I have some guidelines that I follow, and I’ll gladly share them to all of you who are ready to begin your first project.
Before I tell you the guidelines, I should tell you that reupholstering is not for those that are afraid of a challenge. It is very time consuming and every chair presents a new set of challenges. Don’t let me scare you off, but I felt it necessary to be 100% up front with you readers on this. We have had a few inquiries from readers about reupholstering couches, and I’m honestly terrified to try a couch. So, if you are ready to tackle that project more power to ya, but I’m definitely not ready yet.
#1. Sit in the chair before you buy it. You need to make sure that it is comfortable.
#2. Make sure it is sturdy. Reupholstering requires solid “bones.” It will make the reupholstering process much easier if you have a sturdy foundation to work with.
#3. Don’t spend too much. I can’t tell you a specific price per chair to follow because obviously each chair is going to be different, but be careful because people are asking outrageous prices for chairs out there.
#4. Remember that fabric can be expensive. Most single chairs out there will require at least 5 yards of fabric; however, my double wing back chair took closer to 10 yards of fabric. You need to buy a thick fabric that can with hold a lot of pulling.
#5. Ask yourself how much time it will take you to reupholster the chair. I know that if this is your first reupholstering project, you will not know how much time it takes. Just let me tell you that each chair I have reupholstered has taken me at least 7 to 10 hours. The double wing back took me much longer than that.
#6. Start small. We have had a few inquiries regarding reupholstering couches…I’m not going to sugar coat this. Reupholstering a couch scares the crud out of me. I’m not ready. So, if you haven’t reupholstered a chair yet. I would not suggest to tackle a couch. Start small.
#7: Find someone close by that you can ask questions to. This one may surprise you, but a lot of Grandparents know how to reupholster. It was really popular back then. Ask your Grandma or Grandpa, I bet she/he would love to help you. Doesn’t hurt to ask.
#6: Find an inspiration chair. This is the fun part. When you find a chair that you love, try and find a fabric to mimic it. My suggestion? Go BOLD. I like fabrics with a large pattern.
Here are few chairs I have found that inspire me. Where did they all come from? Hmmmmm. I honestly can’t remember. I remember a few from pottery barn and pier 1, but the rest, no idea. I search the internet for inspiration almost daily, and I don’t recall where most of these came from.
Here is my latest chair that I just completed this weekend. Didn’t it turn out awesome!?!?
This is what this bad boy looked like before the process began.
I thought it would be fun to reupholster an ottoman to go with it.
Here is my fabric of choice. I loved the fabric because A. It is neutral in color and can be added to almost any room, and B. because the pattern was fairly large.
THIS CHAIR IS FOR SALE. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Here are a few more pictures to remind you of the end result. I was pretty pumped.
Here is a side view. FYI: this chair is extremely comfortable.
I wish I had unlimited rooms so that I could keep all my projects. But, one of you lucky readers will get to enjoy this one.
UPDATE: The CHAIR has been SOLD.