DIY How-To Reupholster a Cantilever Chair
How to take a throwback chair from boring to chic on a budget.
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This is the chair's before picture. Not too shabby, eh? I purchased the chair a year or more ago at the Habitat Store for a $7. When I purchased it, I knew that I was going to give it a facelift, I just did not know exactly what I was going to do. My two thoughts going into this project was to either paint the fabric or reupholster it with my scrap cheetah print fabric. I decided to go forward with the cheetah print because I needed a print in my work area which is located in the living room.
I deconstructed the arms, back and part of the base of this chair so that I can EASILY reupholster it. I chose to leave the original fabric on the chair in case I decided that I did not like it and I can easily paint over the upholstered fabric which would give it a subtle monochromatic print....Basically, I just like having options.
Next, I reupholstered the back of the chair using the sewing method. Basically you would flip your material inside out and sew 3 out of 4 sides to achieve a seamless look.
I pinned three of the sides. In the graph above I pinned all throughout where number 1 is located then I sewed it and DOUBLE checked the fit to see if it fit snuggly. After that I sewed where number 2 is located so that the edges did not flair out. By doing this it gives a more professional look.
Note: I did trim off the extra fabric that I had around the edge of sides.