DIY Reupholstery Projects

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I have been noticing more and more people tackling DIY reupholstery projects. Reupholstering isn’t as difficult as it seems in fact, with a little know how and the right tools, it’s actually fairly simple. I have rounded up a few projects from my blogger buddies as well as our own.

Lets start with our wingback chairs I reupholstered last summer. Image courtesy of Woman’s Day.

DIY Reupholstered Wingback

diy reupholstered projects

This was my first upholstery project below. Not only was it my first upholstery project, it was the first time I sawzalled a couch in half. It will probably be my only time as well. ha

DIY reupholstered couch {with drapes}

diy reupholstery projects

Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl has a fabulous tutorial on how to reupholster a bench cushion.

Bench Cushion Reupholstered


DIY reupholstery projects

Vanessa at The Picket Fence shares how to create a drop cloth slipcover for a dining room chair.

Drop Cloth Slipcover Skirt Tutorial

diy reupholstery projects

A few months ago I shared a tutorial on how I reupholstered my mom’s dining room chairs.

Reupholstered Dining Room Chair Tutorial

diy reupholstery projects

A couple weeks ago I shared how to reupholster a couch the “no sew” way.

DIY Reupholstered Couch “no sew” Tutorial

diy reupholstery projects

diy reupholstery projects

I prefer to use a power staple gun with 1/4″ staples for our projects. Although, a heavy duty staple gun would likely work for many upholstery projects. Most of these projects can be completed in a weekend, if not an afternoon. I am not sure if I have any DIY reupholstery projects in the near future but you never know!

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  1. Yes! I’m a huge believer in the magic of reupholstery. Far too many people pitch perfectly good furniture because they are “redecorating” and want a new look, but don’t realize that they could either 1. Get a slipcover, or 2. Reupholster that chair/couch/you-name-it in whatever fabric fits the look of the new room!

    A few summers ago, I helped my mom reupholster two sofas, five chairs (three wingbacks, an occasional chair, and one parson’s-style chair), and a footstool. Not always easy, but well worth it! I have a couple of pieces at my house that I’m planning to eventually reupholster, once I can afford to buy the fabric and can sit down with everything to get started.

    I think the key to making it easier is to carefully remove the current fabric and, if possible, using it as a pattern for cutting the new upholstery. We labelled each panel as we removed it to know where it went and which way to orient it (aka, “sofa–outside, left,” and using arrows for which side went up). This eliminated some of the guesswork when some pieces were similarly-shaped.

  2. Great round up of reupholstery ideas, Jessica! You’ve given me the confidence that I can do this! ~~Angela

  3. Just wanted to say thanks for sharing the name of the fabric for the wingback chair. I have been looking for a fabric with blue, red, yellow with a lighter background and this is it. Ordered online thru Joanne’s. Going to replace an L bench seat in my kitchen. Love the fabric.

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