Upholstering a chair is an inexpensive way to create a new look for an existing piece of furniture. The process of upholstering or reupholstering is a simple do-it-yourself project for the beginner or experienced craftsman. However, creating chair corners can be the most challenging part of the process.
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Things you need
- Chair, upholstered except for the corners
- Staple gun and staples
Complete the upholstering process, leaving the corners unattached to the bottom of the chair. Staples should be no closer than 1 inch from the corners of the chair.
Choose one of the back corners of the chair to start with. It will be easier for beginners to hide imperfections in these corners until the technique is perfected.
Choose a side, gradually stapling toward the corner. Stop stapling when the fabric begins to naturally fold or pleat with the chair corner.
Form the first pleat, being careful not to lose tension or cause the fabric to pucker on the other side. Also do not allow the fabric to accidentally overlap the edge of the chair. Once the first pleat is formed, staple in place.
Finish forming the corner by creating several additional pleats, stapling each pleat in place after it is created. Verify each pleat is holding the fabric firmly in place and not puckering or buckling on the opposite side.
Remove any staples and redo the pleating if it does not look acceptable on the finished side once the corner is completed.
Repeat the process for the remaining corners and chair cushions.
Trim excess fabric from each chair corner once the upholstering process is complete.
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