How to Do Piping for Chair Upholstery

Updated April 17, 2017

When completing a do-it-yourself upholstery project, the finishing touches usually prove to be the most crucial. Finishing a chair with piping will make it look as if it has been done by a professional.

Purchase cording from the fabric store. Cording can be purchased on a spool or in measured amounts.

Cut a piece of upholstery fabric. The piece should be 3 to 4 inches wide and a few inches longer than the pre-determined length of cording.

Position the cording in the centre of the fabric strip and fold the fabric over. Secure the piping with straight pins.

Use a sewing machine to sew a seam next to the cord. The zipper foot should be used.

Staple the raw edge of piping on to the underside of the upholstered seat of the chair.

Fold one end of the cording into the other and staple to hold it secure.


If you are working with striped fabric, align the stripes on the piping to the pattern on the seat.

Things You'll Need

  • Cording
  • Upholstery material
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine with zipper foot
  • Straight pins
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Angela Robinson is a work at home mom who is currently pursuing a career in freelance writing. She enjoys the challenge of researching and writing on topics such as home and garden, travel, education and health issues. Angela enjoys the expansion of knowledge as well as the flexibility that freelance writing offers.