How to Reupholster a Wingback Chair

A wingback chair is one of the favorite household items and requires some changing over a long period. Reupholstering wingback chairs is easy, but requires a little bit of patience. You should carefully implement the steps to ensure a long lasting and robust reupholstering of the old wingback chair. Here is a detailed guideline on the process of reupholstering a wingback chair that you can do on a relaxed weekend, without the need to seek assistance from an expert.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Pointed pliers
  • Wooden batting
  • Scissors
  • Furniture staples
  • Staple gun
  • Glue
  • Glue gun 
  • Upholstery fabric

Step 1: Remove Old Staples

Use pointed pliers to remove the staples. Lay the chair down, exposing its bottom layer towards your direction. Sit on the floor, and slowly follow the trail of staples down the edges of the bottom square of the chair. In order to prevent the wingback chair getting damaged, use the pointed pliers to slide between the staple threads smoothly before pressing the pliers to snap them.

Step 2: Repeat the Process on All Sides of the Chair 

Take off the staples in a similar manner from all the surfaces of the wingback chair. While doing this, expose the respective face of the wingback chair, so that the staples are easily accessible to you. While taking off each of the faces of upholstering, remember to mark them with unique numbers. Use a different mark or number to identify its position on the chair.

Step 3: Fill Bare Spots

After taking off the old upholstery, you may find that the old chair has some bare spots. These look ugly and can also make the new upholstery not last as long as the older one did. Simply glue layers of wooden batting on these areas, but do not exceed half an inch. The padding created by the layer will now allow you to hold the new upholstery as if the wingback chair was brand new.

Step 4: Staple the New Fabric on the Back Face

After adding the wooden padding inside the wingback chair, dress the fabric over the back surface of the chair. You can put this over the chair’s backrest, tucking it in all sides of the wingback chair while it covers the entire back. Hold the fabric stretched and taut enough to avoid slipping. Keep one edge exposed and use the staple gun to insert the new staples over it.

Repeat this process for all the edges of a face.

Step 5: Staple opposite Ends of the Fabric

Tuck the remaining edges of the upholstery fabric and then staple them like the first edge. The staple gun allows the fabric to stick to the wood without any problem.

Remember to use gloves while performing these steps, as you may expose yourself to contaminating elements while handling the inner parts of the chair.