How to Reupholster a Chair

At her blog C.R.A.F.T., Jamie explains that when her husband moved ahead of her to start a new job, he acquired a few pieces of free furniture to temporarily furnish their place while he waited for her to arrive with their actual household goods.  This beat up chair was one of the freebies.

CRAFT reupholstered chair before

After Jamie arrived on the scene, she gave it a serious makeover.  She began by ripping out the entire seat, springs and all, down to the chair frame.  A helpful clerk at JoAnn’s convinced her that it was better to get rid of the old springs, so Jamie replaced them with plywood and foam.  “She explained that back in the day, they didn’t have foam and the only way to make a comfortable chair was to use springs,” Jamie says, so none of us have to feel obligated to keep those springs!  The chair frame was transformed with happy orange paint, and the makeover was complete!

CRAFT reupholstered chair after

You can get all of Jamie’s advice for reupholstering at C.R.A.F.T.

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One thought on “How to Reupholster a Chair

  1. I was wondering. If you said you had ripped out all the old upholstery down to its frame and did not put back the springs, how then will the seat hold? I don’t think the plywood and foam alone would be enough to carry the weight of the person who will sit on it. Just asking…

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