Are you bored of seeing the same old armchair in the corner of your living room, sitting like an ancient piece that is making the whole room look dull and depressing? Maybe a simple DIY upholstery project is the answer to your dilemma. Upholstering is a flexible technique that can change the look of your furniture, add value to it, and make it look just the way you want it to. If you have decided to undertake the upholstering of your furniture piece, here are a few tips that will help you through it and keep you on a budget.
Pick a fabric that you love. First things first; for the upholstery project to be effective, it is important that you pick a fabric that you love. That chair you are planning to upholster is going to be there in your room for a long while. So, pick a fabric that you can live with. You don’t want to get bored of it or be in a hurry to replace it as soon as you upholster it.
Don’t spend too much on the fabric. This might be seemingly contradictory to what we stated above, but the truth is that if you buy an expensive fabric only to upholster your chair, you might as well replace the whole chair in that amount of money. You can find both inexpensive and designer fabrics at our stores across Florida, Georgia, and Arizona.
Always buy extra fabric. Since you will be opting for an inexpensive fabric, it is only fair that you buy extra fabric. On top of it, since you’re no pro at upholstering, you need to have some leeway for mistakes and wastage.
Pick a thick fabric. Cotton is not tough enough; you need a fabric that is thick and strong enough to be pulled hard. Since you’d be stretching the fabric over the shape of your furniture piece, you would need one that can withstand the force.
Get a friend on board. You can’t do the upholstering alone. You would need two sets of hands. One for stretching the fabric over the furniture and the other for putting the staples in place. Besides, having someone to help you out in a project as long as this is always fun.
Make it tight. You do not want the chair upholstery to appear amateur, so bring in the force and pull the fabric as tightly as you can to make it look like it’s done by a professional.
Upholstery is not going to be easy, and let us warn you, it might take longer than you might think it will. There would even be times when you want to quit the project altogether, but hang in there – the end results would be worth the effort. If you want your furniture upholstered professionally, the workrooms in our fabric and upholstery stores are just the place to get it done from.