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Chair Upholstery


Our own CRAFT and MAKE photo editor, Sam Murphy, just finished up her Saturday sessions of upholstery class where she took an old chair (photo below) and turned it into a beautifully re-upholstered chair with a modern flower print fabric.
Sam writes what she’s learned:

The thing I found most interesting is the process. There is a lot of doing and then undoing, then redoing again and again. It is not exact like wood-working, where if you measured properly, it will fit together. You must to be very patient and not under any time constraints.

Samschair Process
From the pages of CRAFT: 07:
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“101: Upholstery,” by Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen, pgs 132-137. Preview the article now in the Digital Edition.

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6 thoughts on “Chair Upholstery

  1. Nick says:

    Quite a lot of people don’t realize you can reupholster your own chair! It’s fairly easy to using your magazine as a guide. You can also get a upholstery stapler at

  2. Jenn says:

    Ooh I absolutely love the fabric Sam chose for her reupholstered chair. I just reupholstered a beautiful old chair I picked up on Craigslist for $25. Every single person that comes over thinks I paid hundreds if not thousands for the chair at some high-end furniture store. It’s really amazing what you can do with a little effort! I got my fabric online at and my upholstery stapler at

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