How to Replace Upholstery Springs

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Fixing a favourite chair that has become uncomfortable due to worn-out upholstery springs may seem daunting, but it can be an easier task than you think. With some simple tools, you can usually install a new set in under an hour, putting you well on your way to enjoying a comfy seat once again.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Upholstery springs
  • Staple puller
  • Furniture twine
  • Hand stapler

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  1. 1

    Turn the furniture upside down so that the black upholstery fabric is visible. This thin fabric sheet is located on the underside of most furniture seats and is attached to the seat base with staples.

  2. 2

    Using a staple puller, remove the black upholstery fabric from the seat frame.

  3. 3

    Remove padding to reveal the upholstery springs. Untie the springs from the frame, paying close attention to how they are tied so that when replaced, you can retie them in the same manner.

  4. 4

    Place the new springs in the seat in the same manner as the old springs. Using new furniture twine, tie the springs to the seat frame and place the padding back around the springs.

  5. 5

    Replace the thin black upholstery fabric on the underside of the seat by stapling it to the seat's edges. Reapply the staples using a hand staple that is capable of stapling through wood. These heavy duty staplers are available at craft stores and hardware stores.

Tips and warnings

  • Take the old furniture springs with you to a furniture repair or furniture supply store to make sure your new springs are the correct size.
  • A staple puller resembles a flat head screw driver but has a cut-out in the centre of the head. This cut-out makes it easier to pull staples out of an object. Staple pullers can be purchased at any hardware store.

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