Once you’ve added the upholstery fabric to the back of your chair, you’re ready to begin tufting. This is the step that will secure the fabric in place and make your chair’s upholstery project look like a professional job.
If you have a wooden dining chair and want to upholster the back of it rather than using a traditional fabric cover, the process is pretty straightforward. At least it is if you’re comfortable using a staple or tack hammer and know how to work with foam. The hard part is making sure that you have the right equipment on hand.
Now there’s no need to go out and buy that expensive dining chair since this project can be used on any wooden chair. The size of the foam you buy for your chair will depend on the size of your chair and how much stuffing you want to put in it.
A lot of people assume that upholstering dining room chairs are difficult, but with the right tools and materials, you can save yourself quite a bit of money as well as have an easier time doing the project.
How to Upholster the Back of a Wooden Dining Chair – Step by Step
Upholstering a chair back is a much simpler process than you might think. There are just a few basic steps to complete this project and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
1. Make sure you have the right tools: You’ll need a staple gun, or tack hammer, screwdriver, and pliers. Other than that, all you need is an upholstery kit and some coarse sandpaper that can be purchased at any home improvement store.
2. Cut your fabric to fit: To cut your fabric, measure the length and width of your chair back. The extra fabric you cut off can be used to pad the armrests or the front of the chair.
3. Hem one end of the fabric: Fold over twice and staple down so that it is smooth but tight. You’ll want a hem that isn’t loose.
4. Use a staple gun to attach the fabric: Make sure you secure it tightly so that it doesn’t come loose during use. Pull it as tight as possible in between each staple to make sure the hem isn’t visible.
5. Wrap the fabric around the chair back: With your hands, pull the fabric over the chair back and wrap it around until you have a long enough piece to staple.
6. Use the staple gun again to secure the fabric: Make sure that any part of the fabric on top of the chair is rounded so it matches with other parts of your chair’s upholstery. You may need to cut off excess fabric to make it fit.
7. Add an upholstery kit to the bottom of the chair back: The fabric you haven’t covered yet should have holes in them that are at least 4 inches apart and centered evenly in between two chairs. This is where the upholstery kit comes into play. You can pick these kits up at any home improvement store and they contain everything that you need to upholster the back of your dining room chair.
8. Tuck in the excess fabric: To do this, pull it through to the front of the chair so you can see where it should be placed. Once you have a good idea how where it goes, tuck the excess fabric into the upholstery kit.
9. Use your staple gun again to attach it: Be sure to pull it tight so that it doesn’t come loose and throw off your chair’s appearance.
10. Trim any excess fabric you might have leftover: You should know by now how much extra fabric to allow, but if not you’ll need to measure it. If it is too long, trimming will be pretty simple; just use a pair of scissors.
11. Add any padding: The best way to add padding is by working your way up the back of the chair one section at a time. You can also work on the arms of the chair, but this is a separate project that will be explained later. To add padding on top of your fabric, you’ll need to use a staple gun and fill it with stuffing from the kit.
12. Use screwdrivers to secure the chair back: You should have screws in your upholstery kit so make sure to use those to secure the chair back on your chair. You” ll want to make sure you are placing them in the holes that you have already created and they should be tight enough so that it doesn’t come loose while you are sitting down.
Finally, you can protect the bottom of your chairs from any water that might get on them with a mat or an area rug.
You should also be able to protect the fabric and stuffing by using furniture polish every once in a while when you dust off your chair.
You can buy an upholstery kit that includes everything you need to complete this project. You will also need a staple gun and some coarse sandpaper. Cut the fabric so it fits snugly on the back of your wooden chair, hem one end, wrap it around the back of your chair, use your staple gun again to secure it, add padding in the same way, screw your chair back on with upholstery screws, and then use a staple gun to attach protective felt to the bottom of your chairs. Finally, you can protect the fabric with furniture polish when you dust off your chairs.