How to Upholster a Chair Without Springs

An easy project requiring no sewing, just a few tools and supplies.

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How to Upholster a Chair Without Springs
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Find yourself a chair that you love. Make sure the frame is solid and not creaky. I found this on Kijiji.ca (online classified ads) and removed the existing padding and fabric.

Find yourself a chair that you love. Make sure the frame is solid and not creaky. I found this on Kijiji.ca (online classified ads) and removed the existing padding and fabric.

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Apply your webbing in a woven pattern. Secure with staples or upholstery tacks and make sure to double up the ends for extra strength. Use a webbing stretcher to make sure the strips are taut.

Apply your webbing in a woven pattern. Secure with staples or upholstery tacks and make sure to double up the ends for extra strength. Use a webbing stretcher to make sure the strips are taut.

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3
Cover the webbing with burlap and fold up the edges to prevent fraying.

Cover the webbing with burlap and fold up the edges to prevent fraying.

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Use a piece of paper and trace the shape to make a pattern for your piece of foam.

Use a piece of paper and trace the shape to make a pattern for your piece of foam.

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Make an outline from your paper pattern onto the foam.

Make an outline from your paper pattern onto the foam.

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The easiest and cleanest way to cut your foam is with an electric meat carver, but scissors, a sharp knife or a small saw will work too.

The easiest and cleanest way to cut your foam is with an electric meat carver, but scissors, a sharp knife or a small saw will work too.

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Staple the top edges of the foam to the chair ensuring that a "dome" shape is achieved.

Staple the top edges of the foam to the chair ensuring that a "dome" shape is achieved.

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Add your batting over the foam. Use a thick, stiff batting meant for upholstery, but if need be, double up with regular quilt batting.

Add your batting over the foam. Use a thick, stiff batting meant for upholstery, but if need be, double up with regular quilt batting.

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Staple your fabric over the foam and batting. Make it smooth and tight and pay attention to the pattern of your fabric, ensuring it's aligned. Cut the fabric as close as you can to your staples.

Staple your fabric over the foam and batting. Make it smooth and tight and pay attention to the pattern of your fabric, ensuring it's aligned. Cut the fabric as close as you can to your staples.

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Use a glue gun to attach your gimp upholstery trim to hide your staples.

Use a glue gun to attach your gimp upholstery trim to hide your staples.

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It might be a good idea to treat your chair with Scotch Guard or other fabric protector. Enjoy your newly upholstered chair!

It might be a good idea to treat your chair with Scotch Guard or other fabric protector. Enjoy your newly upholstered chair!

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