I’d never reupholstered anything before this chair, but I had always wanted to try to do this, and I always wanted a nice wing back chair in my office. You just need patience and determination because it’s just a little time consuming.
Here’s what you need to get started:
*Wingback chair (Free on Side of road)
*Fabric to recover with (I only spent $14.00 at JoAnn’s)
*A screwdriver with the thinnest edge you can find (you will be using this to pry out the millions of staples)
*A drop cloth to lay on the ground (collects the dirt & stuffing dust)
*Fabric Fusion Glue 2 (4oz)
*Stapler hand held and one electric)
*A hammer and a needle nose plyer
*A container to hold removed staples
Upholstered chairs are built like an onion. There can be very little sewing involved for the cushion and the piping however I used glue and staples. So, this is a no sew project
Lay down the sheet, and turn the chair so the legs are in the air. Start by removing every staple you see. This is the most tedious part of the process.
Remove cardboard and piping (if you have it). The next piece is the back.
Since your replacing the fabric, its best to use your screwdriver between the edge of the fabrics (on the sides) and pry the tack board from the chair (Don’t worry about ripping). The tack board looks like a long strip of metal with teeth on it. Any remaining fabric can be pulled off with a needle nose plyer.
The fabric is folded into themselves and the teeth which is holding it in place. Pull it out and pry the metal teeth down. Be careful not to injure yourself.
Continue working on the layers you can see. Take out all the staples you see along the way. Take note as to how each layer is placed onto each other (take pictures as you go for something to rely on later).
Next, you’re going to work on removing the sides, then the stuffing, most likely also stapled to the frame. That will be a headache, but remove it anyway.
Then you can take off the decorative fronts from the arm rests. Mine were literally nailed in. Use your screwdriver to pry them off. Or a needle nose, if that’s easier.
Do the same to the other side. Then remove the armrest fabric. If you haven’t already, remove the backrest and also the piece under the cushion over the seat.
Left with a framed chair:
Replace your batting and cushioning to the desired thickness, I found it best to fold the edges and staple into place starting in the center and working out, keeping it taunt. Next you will lay out your fabric pieces and cut out your new pieces. Keep the old with the new for the time being (that way if you have any questions you can refer to it for placement.) Again, folding the cloth on its edge and starting from the bottom of chair, nail in place in center working out and around the side you are working on.
It is up to you if you want to sew or to use glue and staples, if you choose to sew then use the old fabric you removed as the templates.
**Start with the last piece you took off first! Remember that you are working backwards now, your rebuilding the onion! **
Staple one side and then pull the other sides tight. Tight enough to keep the fabric taut, but not so tight the fabric will rip.
Then the armrest/inside side pieces (which were sewn together on mine). Then the backrest.
Then the piping on the outside sides.
Now comes the tricky stuff. The side arms were a little tricky for me, especially around the armrest curve.
After wards add back on the decorative armrest plate covers (Fronts on arms). I used staples and glue to hold on the original cardboard pieces, then used a nail gun to gold into place. Then attach the back piece. It takes a bit of time to get everything tight, but you’re in the home stretch! Then flip the chair over and put on the bottom trim and that lovely black mesh piece. Now use glue to hold down the piping over the desired locations (I placed mine over the staples to hide those).