Last month I did something scary: I decided I was going to learn how to reupholster a wingback chair.
I signed up for an upholstery class and decided to tackle this behemoth of a chair: a $60 wingback chair that I scored 4 years ago from the thrift store…which has done nothing but sit in my garage collecting dust.
The biggest worry was: how in the world do I start this project??
It looked like such a solid chair, so where did I start ripping and tearing? And how in the world would I get it back together again??
Clearly, I won’t complete this project this weekend…
But as I complete sections of it, I’ll be updating this blog post with new videos, many more pictures, and a bunch of reupholstering tips that I’ve learned along the way!
Anyhow, this is what this gorgeous chair looked like before I got started.
You may be thinking, “But that fabric is gorgeous!”
Yes, I agree.
But what you don’t see is that the fabric isn’t really gray….
It was actually blue!
But with all that sun faded fabric, you’d never be able to tell!
Plus, the chair smelled old.
It was badly in need of a makeover, and because I was up for the challenge, this chair wasn’t going anywhere, my friend.
After hours of tentatively tearing down this wingback chair, as of December 1, 2017, this is how the chair looks now!
The new webbing is in (see below) and the rest of the chair needs to be cleaned up.
But overall, I’ve made progress! And it feels wonderful.
Because this project is so huge, I will be posting updates to this blog post as I complete it.
For now, though, let’s jump right in and see what progress has been made!
Materials Needed to Reupholster a Wingback Chair
- 8 yards of fabric
- Staple lifter
- Webbing Stretcher
- Spring twine
- Dust cover
- Upholstery stapler
- 3/8 staples
- Cardboard stabilizer
- Curve Ease
I’ll admit to you: reupholstering a wingback chair is expensive. This project is not for someone who’s pocketbook is light on cash. HA!
I mean…not that I have money coming out the wazoo or anything…I actually didn’t realize until after I dove into this project how expensive it was. As I delve into this project, we’ll talk more about materials as I start to reupholster the chair.
For now, watch the evolution of this wingback chair makeover below through all the footage I have been filming and posting on my YouTube channel!
Part 1: How to Reupholster a Wingback Chair
In this video, go inside with me to my upholstery class and see how to get started with taking a wingback chair apart. This was the scariest part because I had no idea how to get started! Once I started removing pieces, layer by layer, it wasn’t too difficult! Time-consuming, yes….
Not at all!
Part 2: How to Reupholster a Wingback Chair
In this video, I continue to tear down the chair, learning some valuable reupholstery skills along the way.
Part 3: How to Reupholster a Wingback Chair
In this video, I finally finished 99% of the tearing down of this chair, followed by attaching the new webbing.
I learned how to stretch webbing and how to secure it into place!
Also, don’t miss the reveal of the gorgeous fabric I selected for this chair!
Part 4: How to Reupholster a Wingback Chair – Replacing the Seat Springs
It took a bit of time to tie down the springs and to tie them together. I have to admit that I was nervous about this part, because it looked so complicated! But with a little bit of practice, I did it! See how the seat springs turned out!
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