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« on: April 23, 2007 07:15:44 AM »

Hi there. I handsew, so this could be a major problem (unless someone wants to PM me with a proposal).

My boyfriend has inherited three armchairs from his grandmother. One is fully covered in fabric, and the other two have wooden arms. I know the chairs have been re-upholstered at least once before, and they are extremely worn. So I think they need re-upholstering again, but I have no idea how to do it or where to go and get it done.

Does anyone here have experience with this sort of thing? Anyone here happens to live in Scotland and do this for a living?

I haven't got any pictures of the chairs at the moment, but they're nothing unusual. The boyfriend just really likes the chairs and wants to keep them.

Any help and/or advice would be much appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2007 08:12:41 AM »

I would start by taking pictures of them for reference.
Then start to lift the gimp or the trim from the edge around the main fabric part. There is probably no sewing involved.
After taking this off take another picture so that as you put it back together you will have a guide to go by.
You can lift the staples that ar holding this all down with pliers.
After the fabric you will see some filler in there. It might be horse hair as was traditional or it could be a straw material. It might also be a filler like the stuffing or batting. If the seat is in good shape and not sagging to the inside then you can reuse this by leaving it where it is. Then you can add stuffing to this after you have determined if it's usable again.
Check if the bottom underneath the chair is in good shape. it may need to be reinforced there.
If that is okay there then just put new fabric over the top and staple it down. Now you will use a glue gun to cover the staples with new gimp or braid or trim of your choice.
This is very simplified but I hope it helps to ge tyou started.
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2007 07:49:18 AM »

I'm hoping my boyfriend and I will be able to do them together, especially if they're no-sew.

Now I have to motivate him. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2007 07:37:02 PM »

oh I misread your post I missed the arm chairs part --duh!!
I was thinking they would be wooden arm chairs. Are they wood or are they completely uphosltered chairs? That might make a difference with what I started you off with.
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2007 03:41:06 AM »

Haha. Both. One is a fully-upholstered armchair, two have wooden arms.
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2007 10:03:08 PM »

With the wooden armed ones, Depending on the construction, you can do it yourself.

If 1. the frame is sturdy 2. the foam inside the cushions is still good 3. the springs are all intact..

then it would be a matter of unpicking the current covers and using them as a pattern to sew some new covers.

However, if the frame isn't in the greatest shape, you should take it to get professionally renovated for you.

You can also replace the springs yourself, there are tutes on the web, such as this: http://www.upholster.com/

And you can get foam cut to size as well
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