I bought this 1960’s Cocktail Chair as one of a pair and, as you can see, they were covered in a brown vinyl. The chair was completely stripped back to the frame, the original materials and springs were not in good condition and could not be re-used so it was a case of starting from scratch.
How to Upholster a Chair
Step One: The first job was to add webbing to the bottom of the seat to provide a base for the new springs.
Step Two: Once the springs were attached and tied down they were covered in hessian and 2 layers of coir and hessian added to build up a comfortable seat.
Step Three: The seat was then stitched to form an edge that would keep its shape.
Step Four: A similar process was done to the back of the chair; webbing, Hessian and coir. The back and seat of the chair was then covered in calico ready for the top cloth.
Step Five: The calico was topped with a layer of polyester wadding and then the top fabric was added.
Step Six: Due to the curved shape of the back, buttons were put in to ensure the fabric sits nicely against the curve.
Step Seven: A piping was then made which was tacked and sewn to the back edge of the chair.
Step Eight: The rear of the chair was then covered in calico, polyester wadding and the top fabric was sewn on.
Step Nine: A bottom cloth was tacked on to the underneath of the chair to hide the webbing, the legs were cleaned and polished and finally the chair was finished.