How much fabric do you need for reupholstering?

Jul 21st, 2010

I visited one of my favorite sites the other day called Little Green Notebook, and she had these AMAZING charts with how much fabric you need for upholstering certain types of furniture. I get a lot of questions about this, and since I am fairly new to upholstering myself, I had never seen such charts before.

I thought you readers would be interested to see how approximately how many yards of fabric is needed for reupholstering furniture.

Image found at Little Green Notebook.

Image found at Little Green Notebook.

Image found at Little Green Notebook.

Image found at Little Green Notebook.

Remember that when you are upholstering with a fabric with a pattern, you may need more fabric because of the repeat.

Thank you Jenny over at Little Green Notebook for compiling the above charts.


  1. this post came at the perfect time because i have an awesome chair from my grandma's basement I want to recover and I had NO idea how much fabric to buy!

  2. i'm so glad you posted this. it'll definitely come in handy for some of my upcoming diy projects.

  3. Thanks for sharing this. This will be helpful if I ever decide to recover my chairs.

  4. What great info!!! I'm keeping this! Thank you!

  5. thank you for the charts!!! It is so much better than guessing!

  6. If you are ordering from, they also have these fabric charts on one of their sidebar links.

  7. Gloria Fox says:

    Thank you so much!! Just what I needed!

  8. I LOVE this blog!! Have a question though… I have looked ALL over for ocean breeze spray paint. We have 2 Walmarts in Logan and neither of them carry it!

  9. Thanks Brooke :) I will email you some pics of my dumpster chair when I get it finished! It could be awhile though, its my first attempt ;)

  10. Thanks for info! I have a few projects and had no idea how much I was going to need!

  11. Super, super helpful! Thank you!

  12. Just a quick question: Is the yardage based on fabric that's 45" wide or 60" wide?

    • Chuck Gunther says:

      The chart is based on upholstery fabric which is normal 54″ in width, with some as wide as 60″.

  13. I LOVE love LOVE your website! I am SOOO addicted! My house went from no decor hardly at all, because my hubby doesn't like me to spend lots of money on it, to being almost complete thanks to your thrifty ideas! You are a saint!

  14. Thanks for sharing, super helpful.

  15. oHHHH so handy!! Thanks!!

  16. Great info to have. Just covered some bar stools……and now going to re-do a rocking chair from D.I.

  17. Thanks for the charts! Are these measurements for 54" wide fabric?


  18. This is wonderful! I work at a fabric store and you wouldn't believe the number of people who come in and say "I have a couch I want to recover. How much material do I need?" How would I know?! I've never even seen their couch!! :) I may print this and take it to work…just in case. :)

  19. My favorite store has a poster of this and I have been looking everywhere for it. You are my hero. Thank you for sharing!!

  20. thank you for this. i know i need to make pattern pieces etc but i wanted a rough guide. off to check what the yard equivalent in metres!

  21. Gah!!! It doensn’t have my chair I need reupholstered!!! Barrel chair with cushion…any suggestions?

  22. WOW, this really came in handy….. thanks for the info.


    I need help and ideas for my apartment! I just got married so we are BROKE and I have had bare white walls for over a month now! it’s getting depressing!

    we’re not allowed to paint which I though would be an easy cheap solution to our decorating problem..
    any ideas that make a statement but are super cheap?
    I love learning how to do new things, just got an old chair at a garage sale, and i’m using your page to help recover it!


  24. hello over from fifty shades of dre! i pinned this post a couple weeks ago because my friend and i were going to reupholster my chair. i linked your website on my blog post about reupholstering. great post!

  25. I purchased the antique pieces, found the fabrics combination (on-line), this morning and found myself pondering how to measure the fabric needed and wah-la! This pin appeared! TY, TY, TY!


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