Reclaim abandoned chairs

Chairs are usually first on the upholstery surfaces on seat and back wear signs. In addition to this reason, the chairs new, can also give a visual transformation the occasion. The seat usually consists of a removable cushion cassette, which can be relatively easily obtained after disassembly.

Cassettes or bowls

Conventional and normal chairs with upholstery can be relaid relatively easily yourself. Challenging is a cushioning or re-upholstering when the inside of springs or stuffing material is damaged or seeped. Foam flakes are suitable as a flexible Nachstopfmaterial.

Differently constructed chair models like beach chairs and
Rocking chairs often have manufacturer-specific reference types. It is not always possible to save the cost of having to order.

Office chairs with individual seats and leaning surfaces are similar in structure to normal chairs. The cassettes correspond rather seat shells, which can also be easily retrieved after disassembly.

Stringing garden chairs uses a different technique. There is no foundation here for the new relationship to be established. When re-stringing, eyelets must be connected to the frame.

Coating and fabric types

If the old covers are technically still in order, they can simply be "overstretched". It is important to clean the pad so as not to trap any organic particles of dirt that can lead to rot or mold.

When restoring old chairs, the original fabric should be used. Decors and prints are available in special designs for the different style epochs. However, these "collector's items" are significantly more expensive than any upholstery fabrics that are supposed to beautify chairs.

Instructions on how to relocate the cassettes or seats of your chairs

  • upholstery fabric
  • staples
  • fabric glue
  • shears
  • Pliers or staplers
  • stapler
  • tape measure
  • Wrench
  • Pins or thumbtacks

1. Disassemble the cassette or bowl

The seat shell or cassette is usually attached to the seat frame of the chair. Disassemble this component according to the mounting form. Any holding and connecting pieces should remain on the chair frame or have to be removed from the cassette additionally.

2. Measuring

If you remove the old covers, you can use a well-preserved old cover as a measure template. When coating without removal, you must place the tape measure in both the transverse and longitudinal directions on both sides of the seat top. First take the measurement to the lower edges of the cassette or tray. Add a folding edge for fixing from below of about five centimeters. A double flap can counteract a possible later tearing. Then the length of the Umklappzugabe doubles.

3. Select substance

If you choose the fabric, it should be a fabric suitable for upholstery. Too thin fabrics tear too fast and chafe after a few weeks use. When choosing patterned fabrics, be sure to cut the individual pieces according to the pattern of the pattern.

4. Remove or clean the old cover

A worn old cover you can easily leave on the cassette or shell in case of damage. When tacking later, be sure to "shoot" the new parentheses between the existing ones.

5. Fix the new cover

First pull the cut new fabric up in one direction on the seat. With curved and / or curved seating surfaces, individual drops of a textile adhesive can improve the "fitting" of the cover. On two opposite sides, fix the folded fabric with pins or thumbtacks. In the second step, stretch the two sides and fold the corners in parallel.

6. Fold in corners

Fold the fabric corners onto the cassette or seat corner in the direction of the center. This results in two delta-shaped side flanks on the coincident side parts of the fabric cover. These fold on both sides along an imaginary vertical line so that they collide. This creates a miter fold that runs exactly in the center of the right angle of the cassette or shell corner. Also fix the folded corners with pins or thumbtacks. Make sure to release the positions of the final clamp fasteners.

7. Fasten the new cover

Begin by inserting the staples through the stapler at a corner. First, shoot two base brackets into one of the folded corners next to the fold line. Take care that no fixing aids (pins or thumbtacks) come loose. If you notice any bulges in the fabric, stretch with your hands. Then shoot the opposite corners of the initial stacker. Complete the cradling of the corners, then insert staples into the side edges of the bottom of the cassette or tray at approximately two-centimeter intervals. The displacement should be about 0.5 centimeters.

Tips & Tricks

If you want to save the work, it is always possible to sew chair cushions as an alternative. Corresponding to the form, loose seat cushions provided with velcro straps or straps cover the new cover. Suitable inlays are foams which can be adapted to the given shape of the upholstery.

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