How to upholster rounded corner seats

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Wrapping fabric over rounded corners presents the same challenge as wrapping oddly shaped holiday gifts. Make upholstering rounded chairs more fun than wrestling holiday paper by learning how to manoeuvre around those tricky rounded edges. Learn how to upholster your rounded edges and you'll be switching out upholstery fabric for events and seasons, creating custom looks in your home.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Chair cushion
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Batting
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Burlap
  • Screws

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  1. 1

    Remove the seat from the chair. If you can, remove the old upholstery fabric and batting.

  2. 2

    Cut new batting and fabric several inches larger than the chair seat on all sides. Set the fabric face down and set the batting on top of the fabric.

  3. 3

    Set the cushion in the centre. Pull the fabric and batting up and to the back of the cushion. Staple the fabric and batting to the back of the chair on all four sides starting in the centre of each side and working toward the rounded corners.

  4. 4

    Pull the fabric at the middle of one rounded corner over to the back of the chair cushion and staple it into place. Create small pleats on either side of that staple to upholster around the rounded chair edge. Repeat this process on each corner.

  5. 5

    Trim away excess fabric and batting using scissors. Mark the location of the crews and staple a piece of burlap to the bottom of the chair to hide the rough edges and help prevent the upholstery fabric from fraying.

  6. 6

    Screw the seat cushion back to the chair frame.

Tips and warnings

  • Take care not to cover the screws when attaching the fabric to the back of the seat.
  • Don't use stripes, plaids or checks until you're very comfortable with upholstering. These prints will show if the fabric is even slightly off centre or twisted.

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