In this way, we also offer you tips to learn how to change the upholstery in an armchair or sewing removable cushions
The possibilities offered by fabrics for upholstery and for covering the furniture are surprising. Before starting to play with the various fabric fantasies, it is possible to modernize the look of an armchair just by changing the way the fabric is positioned.
Changing the look of a revealing armchair
The first step to take when deciding to upholster is to decide if you want to furnish a room starting from the upholstery, making it the protagonist, or you prefer to adapt the fabrics to the surrounding environment.
Upholstery fabrics must be thick, to prevent them from deforming, and resistant to wear. Those of tightly woven cotton, such as canvas and velvet, are very durable, ideal for homes where there are children.
In case you decide to adapt the upholstery to an already furnished environment you have to keep in mind that the upholstery in floral, checked or striped patterns, it fits well in rustic and classic settings. Likewise, plain-colored upholstery looks good in modern environments.
Cut and sew techniques to change the look of an armchair
The first step to take to renew the upholstery of a armchair is to remove the old lining. This is a rather easy operation that you can do yourself.
To remove the old upholstery from a seat, you need a few tools: all you need is a sharp knife, a pointed chisel to remove the fixed wallpaper at the lower edge of the armchair through staples and nails. A very simple home procedure that any DIY enthusiast can put into practice is the following:
- The seat of the chair is measured so that a square of chipboard of the same size is cut and […] Then, with a pair of scissors, cut a square of wadding of the same size as the wooden board.
- Attach the wadding to the wooden board with spray glue and cover both with a layer of calico, fixed to the wood through staples
- Once the first canvas is fixed, the seat is again covered with the chosen upholstery fabric, leaving some space for the corners. Grab the canvas from the bottom and pull the corners well, making sure there are no wrinkles.
- To get a good result, cover the lower part of the seat with a square of hard cloth, such as jute, fold the edges towards the inside and the cloth is fixed to the wood with the staples. Once the seat is upholstered, all you have to do is insert it in the armchair.
Line the armchairs
There are several reasons why you might want to line up a armchair : hide the imperfections of the furniture, cover it for a ‘special occasion or simply renewing its look.
The armchairs are just like a mannequin, you can dress them to your liking. There are adherent linings, which blend into the structure of the chair as if they were gloves and other softer ones, with an informal cut.
You can also decide to cover the whole chair, feet included, with a band that covers the base or line only one part: the seat, the backrest, or both.
Take care of the details to change the look of your chairs
There are several finishes with which to adorn the cover. Folds, knots, bows, tassels, buttons and rivets are just some of the options to choose from to transform your linings.
For example, with frange and tassels can be added structure and give a sophisticated touch. Also affixing a row of buttons on the base of the chair cover gives good results, while the folds can be used to camouflage the shape of the chair.
How to sew a removable cover
Let’s see the procedure to create a covering successfully tailored
- First of all, keep the necessary material handy : the fabric chosen for the lining and the edges, scissors, thread of the same color as the fabric and pins. Then take the measurements of the different parts of the chair you want to cover: back, seat and legs
- Cut the pieces by calculating about 2.5 cm for the edges and mount them on the armchair, fixing them with pins. To make sure that the upholstery adapts to the structure of the chair, the best thing is to sit on it.
- To finish the edges, insert a bead into a strip of previously cut canvas. Finally you need to close it with pins and sew it.
- Combine the inside edge of the fabric so that it occurs in the middle of the seam.
- Fix the edge to the seam using the pins, then baste it to prevent it from moving and finally sew it to hand.
- To make the border fit the seat structure without ‘pulling’, make small cuts in the shape of a V. Finally turn the cover to see the straight side and place it on the chair.
And you, what do you prefer? Do you like to upholster or reseal the seats?