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Chair Upholstering Project

Breathe new life into an old chair using this reupholstering tutorial.

Tools & Materials
TacMate T50X stapler
T50® staples

Safety Equipment
Safety glasses

1. Disassemble the chair. Remove the seat from the frame. Turn the chair upside down. Usually the seat is attached with screws. Remove the screws.

Put them in a secure place. You will need them to re-attach the seat.

2. Remove existing fabric. If intact, it can be used as a guide for the replacement fabric.

3. Determine fabric size. Measure the width of the seat, across the top and the seat cushion thickness on both sides. Then measure the front to back of the seat including the seat cushion thickness on front and back. Add 6″ to each measurement.

TIP: Using newspaper, make a pattern to verify ample fabric coverage to wrap and staple. Excess fabric can easily be trimmed.

4. Prepare the fabric. If fabric has a pattern, be sure to cut the fabric pieces so the design will be in the correct direction when you’ve applied it to the seat. Press or steam fabric if it’s wrinkled or creased.

5. Fasten the fabric to the chair. Fold a flap of fabric over the seat along the straightest side. Using the TacMateTM T50X Stapler, staple from the center out towards the edges, securing ONLY a couple of inches in the center. Make sure the fabric is smooth and tight, without bunches between the staples.

Repeat with the opposite side of the seat. Pull firmly against the staples to be sure there aren’t any wrinkles or bunches.

Again, staple at the center and spread outwards. Be careful not to pull too tightly. You don’t want to stretch or distort the fabric.

Staple along the adjacent sides in the same manner. Continue to staple alternating sides, a couple inches at a time as specified, saving the corners for last.

Grasp one corner of the fabric and pull the point toward the center of the seat cushion. Staple. Do the same for the remaining corners.

Arrange the remaining unstapled corner fabric into small even pleats, pulling tightly. Staple. Make sure you don’t cover the screw holes.

6. Trim any excess fabric.

7. Reassemble chair. Re-attach the seat to the chair with the original screws.

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