How to reupholster a spring cushion

Updated July 20, 2017

Many antique pieces of furniture, such as chairs, use springs to add comfort and give to their padded areas. Old worn out furniture pieces may need reupholstering to give them a new lease of life. Often, you will be able to reuse the springs from your original chair seat when reupholstering.

Use pliers to carefully remove the fabric from the chair. Continue by removing the padding or stuffing and then the webbing. Any additional tacks or staples should also be removed. Free the springs from the old upholstery supplies. They will be reused in the reupholstered cushion.

Lay the chair upside down. Measure the bottom of the chair frame. Cut multiple lengths of webbing which are as long as the chair measurement plus 15cm. For example if the chair measured 51cm, the cut webbing pieces would be 66cm long.

Place the first piece of webbing front to back along the bottom of the chair. Tuck 4cm under the front end of the webbing. Staple in place. Pull the webbing taut with a webbing stretcher. Tuck 4cm under the opposite end of the webbing at the back. Staple the webbing in place. Cut off any excess webbing.

Leave a gap as wide as the webbing fabric before attaching the next piece of webbing as described in Step 3. Continue along the chair until the bottom of the chair is covered in parallel strips of webbing.

Attach horizontal strips of webbing by stapling one end in place as described in Step 3. Weave the horizontal strips over then under the vertical webbing before pulling taut and stapling the opposite end, as in Step 3. Repeat this process until you have covered the bottom of the chair with a woven web.

Place the chair right side up. Put the springs 7cm to 10cm apart in places where the webbing overlaps. Sew three stitches to each bottom coil of the springs, using a needle and thread. This attaches the springs to the webbing.

Cut multiple lengths of twine slightly longer than your chair seat. Attach this twine to each line of springs along the length and width of the seat. Staple the ends of the twine in place along the edge of the chair seat. Trim off any excess twine.

Measure the seat frame. Cut a piece of burlap that is the same size as these measurements, plus 10cm. For example, if the seat frame measurement is 51cm by 51cm, then the cut burlap would measure 61cm by 61cm.

Staple the burlap along the back of the seat frame. Pull the burlap taut and staple along the front of the seat frame. Staple the two remaining sides of the seat frame. Keep the burlap taut.

Sew each individual spring top to the burlap fabric, using a needle and thread.

Cut a piece of foam and a piece of batting the same size as the seat frame. Place these on top of the burlap fabric.

Cut a piece of upholstery fabric the same size as the piece of foam, plus 13cm.

Place the fabric centrally on the seat of the chair. Staple along the back rail, then the front rail. Pull the fabric taut over the padding. Staple along the two remaining sides. Using a hot glue gun, glue the trim along the edge of the fabric. This will cover the staples.

Things You'll Need

  • Pliers
  • Staple remover
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Upholstery webbing
  • Staple gun
  • Webbing stretcher
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Twine
  • Burlap
  • Upholstery foam
  • Quilt Batting
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Hot glue gun
  • Trim
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Hazel Black started writing professionally in 2010, specializing in music and the arts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in music from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and is studying journalism at the University of London.