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Furniture Reupholstery: The Tricks You Have to Know

Reupholstering a chair can be a bit of a challenge, but these tips and tricks will show you how to successfully reupholster a piece of furniture.

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Want to update a piece of furniture, without spending a lot? Try reupholstering, with these secrets to success. Start by using a seam ripper to remove the old fabric. To make the job easier on your hands. [MUSIC] If the cushioning has seen better days, add an extra layer of poly fiber fill and cover with quilt batting for a cushy, uniform seat. When adding fabric, rather than stapling one entire side. Insert a staple on one side. Pull the fabric tot [SOUND] and then move to the opposite side and insert a staple directly [SOUND] opposite the previous one. When it comes to corners, folding edges neatly and uniformly is key to a polished look. To create a clean, vertical pleat, cut a notch in the fabric. Fold over the raw edge of the bottom and tuck the side around the leg. Staple into place. Fold over the raw edge of the other side and lay over the piece you just stapled. Cut a small slit on the edge of the fabric. Use a butter knife to tuck in the excess fabric. This will create a nice vertical pleat at the corners. A cardboard strip will help create clean edges on the backing piece [SOUND]. When piecing together fabrics make sure your patterns align. Check it as you're stapling. [MUSIC] [SOUND] A metal tack strip will also help create a clean finished edge. Place the tack strip on the very edge of your fabric, with the tacks going through the front of the fabric. Fold the fabric over, and pound the strip into place. Follow these easy tips and tricks and your old furniture will look like new.