Re-upholstering a Side Chair for Lounge Furniture

At Chairs with Character, we have over 100+ chairs with upholstered seats. Some seat replacements are straight forward while others are a bit more fancy with tufted buttons. We put our chairs through extensive chair rehab ensuring the stability and quality of each piece.

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Because the chairs we buy are used, we replace 100% of the cushions and fabric. If we bring the chairs inside and our dog starts sniffing it, I know that he smells a funk whether its a cat or other allergens. Next, we bring the chairs into the workshop and start the upholstering project. Design Sponge has a great tutorial post for basic seat replacements.

While seat replacements are straight forward, don’t let Pinterest trick you into thinking re-upholstering is a walk in the park. Recently, I spoke to a bride who was going to buy lounge furniture and have it re-upholstered only to find out that it typically cost $400+ per piece. A small side chair can take 10+ labor hours, 5 yards of fabric and supplies to upholster. While you can find lounge furniture off of Craigslist or other vendors, we re-upholster our lounge furniture in-house to ensure quality control.

In the past month, we bought this chair at a thrift store. We have painted the legs and replaced the fabric. We only have the box cushion to complete before showing you the side-by-side before and after!

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re-upholstering this chair. It will be painted white, have the insides replaced & new fabric

Here is an almost naked picture of the chair. It’s not nearly as sexy as professional bridal boudoir photos.

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Last night, we grew our collection. We now have 3 similarly style chairs + a long couch in off-white. These will be ready for rent around June 2013. Contact us if you’re interested in seeing these pieces in person.

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