How To: Reupholster a Tub Chair

This DIY undertaking is an effective way to replace the look of your current furnishings.  How you can recuperate a bath chair and utterly change the look or model!

Pleased Spring Remodelaholic readers.  Jaime from That’s My Letter right here at present to share a simple step-by-step reupholstery undertaking. 

tub chair

My good friend not too long ago was seeking to do away with two Ikea Tullsta tub chairs.  They have been older, and dated.  The previous material was a brown leather-based that simply didn’t go well with my model.  Time for a furnishings makeover.

tub chair before and after

I reupholstered the chairs in a traditional blue and white ticking upholstery material, added wheels for mobility and completed off the look with a crimson pillow trimmed in white pom poms.

tub chair 1
tub chair collage

These tub chairs are a fantastic addition to our household room area and the wheels make them enjoyable and utterly cellular for extra seating the place ever we want it.

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 How you can Reupholster a Tub Chair

Supplies:

Instruments:

  • stitching machine
  • scissors
  • rotary cutter/field knife
  • seam ripper
  • self therapeutic mat
  • clear ruler
  • 22″ heavy obligation zipper
  • staple gun ( I discover staples are simpler than tack strips)
  • staples
  • pliers
  • flat head screwdriver (staple remover)
tub chair step 1

Step 1: Unscrew the wooden legs and start eradicating staples utilizing flat head screwdriver and pliers from the black base cowl.  Attempt to take away these items of cloth fastidiously with out ripping so you should utilize some for sample items in future steps.  Like this black cowl will probably be saved and changed after the items is reupholstered.

tub chair step 1-1
tub chair step 2

Step 2: Take away all of the staples as a way to loosen leather-based from body.

Step 3: Gently pull leather-based off of body retaining huge items in tact to make use of as a sample.

tub chair step 4

 Step 4: Label all unique material items.  (You actually solely want one facet of the leather-based items, simply reverse to make the cuts for the opposite facet different facet.)

tub chair step 5

Step 5: Start with largest piece (heart again sometimes).  Place leather-based sample on fold of latest material and lower heart again.  I opted to make fewer seams than the unique leather-based by combining two panels.  Be sure you add any seam allowances which are crucial.  A bigger seam allowance will assist preserve the seams steady when some one sits on the seat.

Word: earlier than including the material to the chair, verify the present padding.  It would want a contemporary layer of quilting material to assist fill out the brand new material you might be including, because the unique padding could also be a bit squished.  This may assist your piece look full and new if you end up carried out, slightly than barely squashed. 

tub chair step 6

Step 6: Start stitching panels collectively.  Sew each the inside paneled sections collectively.   Then individually sew the outside again items collectively  – however don’t sew these to one another simply but, we have to make the piping first.  

tub chair step 7

Step 7: To make the piping lower 2″ strips on the bias (which means on the diagonal to there’s a little bit of pull or stretch to the material).

tub chair step 8

Step 8: To make the piping (or welting) sew binding strips collectively by lining up bias lower (A)  then sew items at a 90 angle (B).  Press seam open (C) and the ultimate seam (D).  Make 10 yards of piping for every chair.

tub chair step 9

Step 9: Sew cotton cording into binding by inserting cording within the center and folding binding over.   Use a zipper foot to get seam as tight as doable.

tub chair step 9-1
tub chair step 10

Step 10: Pin the piping to prime uncooked fringe of inside again.

tub chair step 11

Step 11: Place exterior panel on prime of inside (proper sides collectively) matching up heart backs.

tub chair step 12-1

Step 12: Sew panels collectively (nonetheless utilizing zipper foot) with piping in between.  Begin on the heart again and full one facet.

tub chair step 12
tub chair step 12-2

 Step 12 continued: Sew different half of essential physique.

tub chair step 13

Step 13: Pin piping to uncooked fringe of arm portion.

tub chair step 14

Step 14: Pin entrance arm piece at heart prime to essential physique portion then sew in place.

tub chair step 14-1
tub chair step 15

Step 15: Staple the surplus material or uncooked edges of inside panels to crevice of body at seat.  If any staples don’t totally set into the wooden, simply pound them in with a hammer.

tub chair step 16

Step 16: Flip the chair the wrong way up and staple the uncooked edges of exterior panels to underside of the chair or chair base.  Trim the surplus material if essential to have a pleasant clean base for the chair.

tub chair step 17

Step 17: Staple the entrance panel cowl into the within of the seat crevice and underneath base.  If desired you possibly can sew the seam of the entrance panel to the facet items however it isn’t crucial.

tub chair step 18

Step 18: Substitute black base cowl (reserved once you eliminated it at first) by utilizing staples.

tub chair step 19

Step 19: Minimize seat cushion items – prime, backside, facet panel, piping

tub chair step 20

Step 20: Make zipper closure panel.

tub chair step 21

Step 21: Sew facet panel to prime with piping in between.  Repeat similar course of for backside piece.

tub chair step 22

Step 22: Sew zipper panel onto facet panel at ends.  Then pin piping in place and proceed to complete stitching prime and backside panels.  ** Be sure you go away zipper open as a way to flip proper facet out after stitching.

Word: Take into account changing the seat cushion with new foam if the chair seat is wanting smashed.  This may actually assist with the ultimate look of the chair.  If the unique foam remains to be in fine condition, you would think about wrapping the froth in a small layer of batting pad to assist spherical out the cushion.  This may assist it to seem contemporary, fluffy and new and fill out the brand new material effectively. 

tub chair wheels

Step 23: At this level you possibly can add the unique legs or go for enjoyable rolling caters like we did.  we determined so as to add some coloration to the casters.  Paint inside of wheels, first white then crimson acrylic.  Seal crimson with clear gloss varnish to stop chipping.

tub chair wheels attached

Step 24: Connect wheels to base, pre-drill and use wooden screws to suit.

Your tub chair is prepared, now attempt to preserve your children from rolling throughout the home!

tub chair before and after
  • tub chair to reupholseter
  • 4 yards residence décor upholstery material @ 54″ broad
  • 10 yards cotton cording 1 package deal (for piping or welting)
  • thread
  • 4 5″ swivel casters 2 with break (non-compulsory)
  • Paint non-compulsory
  • Step 1: Unscrew the wooden legs and start eradicating staples utilizing flat head screwdriver and pliers from the black base cowl.  Attempt to take away these items of cloth fastidiously with out ripping so you should utilize some for sample items in future steps.  Like this black cowl will probably be saved and changed after the items is reupholstered.

  • Step 2: Take away all of the staples as a way to loosen leather-based from body.

  • Step 3: Gently pull leather-based off of body retaining huge items in tact to make use of as a sample.

  • Step 4: Label all unique material items.  (You actually solely want one facet of the leather-based items, simply reverse to make the cuts for the opposite facet different facet.)

  • Step 5: Start with largest piece (heart again sometimes).  Place leather-based sample on fold of latest material and lower heart again.  I opted to make fewer seams than the unique leather-based by combining two panels.  Be sure you add any seam allowances which are crucial.  A bigger seam allowance will assist preserve the seams steady when some one sits on the seat.

  • Word: earlier than including the material to the chair, verify the present padding.  It would want a contemporary layer of quilting material to assist fill out the brand new material you might be including, because the unique padding could also be a bit squished.  This may assist your piece look full and new if you end up carried out, slightly than barely squashed.

  • Step 6: Start stitching panels collectively.  Sew each the inside paneled sections collectively.   Then individually sew the outside again items collectively  – however don’t sew these to one another simply but, we have to make the piping first.

  • Step 7: To make the piping lower 2″ strips on the bias (which means on the diagonal to there’s a little bit of pull or stretch to the material).

  • Step 8: To make the piping (or welting) sew binding strips collectively by lining up bias lower (A)  then sew items at a 90 angle (B).  Press seam open (C) and the ultimate seam (D).  Make 10 yards of piping for every chair.

  • Step 9: Sew cotton cording into binding by inserting cording within the center and folding binding over.   Use a zipper foot to get seam as tight as doable.

  • Step 10: Pin the piping to prime uncooked fringe of inside again.

  • Step 11: Place exterior panel on prime of inside (proper sides collectively) matching up heart backs.

  • Step 12: Sew panels collectively (nonetheless utilizing zipper foot) with piping in between.  Begin on the heart again and full one facet.

  • Step 12 continued: Sew different half of essential physique.

  • Step 13: Pin piping to uncooked fringe of arm portion.

  • Step 14: Pin entrance arm piece at heart prime to essential physique portion then sew in place.

  • Step 15: Staple the surplus material or uncooked edges of inside panels to crevice of body at seat.  If any staples don’t totally set into the wooden, simply pound them in with a hammer.

  • Step 16: Flip the chair the wrong way up and staple the uncooked edges of exterior panels to underside of the chair or chair base.  Trim the surplus material if essential to have a pleasant clean base for the chair.

  • Step 17: Staple the entrance panel cowl into the within of the seat crevice and underneath base.  If desired you possibly can sew the seam of the entrance panel to the facet items however it isn’t crucial.

  • Step 18: Substitute black base cowl (reserved once you eliminated it at first) by utilizing staples.

  • Step 19: Minimize seat cushion items – prime, backside, facet panel, piping

  • Step 20: Make zipper closure panel.

  • Step 21: Sew facet panel to prime with piping in between.  Repeat similar course of for backside piece.

  • Step 22: Sew zipper panel onto facet panel at ends.  Then pin piping in place and proceed to complete stitching prime and backside panels.  ** Be sure you go away zipper open as a way to flip proper facet out after stitching.

  • Word: Take into account changing the seat cushion with new foam if the chair seat is wanting smashed.  This may actually assist with the ultimate look of the chair.  If the unique foam remains to be in fine condition, you would think about wrapping the froth in a small layer of batting pad to assist spherical out the cushion.  This may assist it to seem contemporary, fluffy and new and fill out the brand new material effectively.

  • Step 23: At this level you possibly can add the unique legs or go for enjoyable rolling caters like we did.  we determined so as to add some coloration to the casters.  Paint inside of wheels, first white then crimson acrylic.  Seal crimson with clear gloss varnish to stop chipping.

  • Step 24: Connect wheels to base, pre-drill and use wooden screws to suit.

Questions and Solutions:

Can I reupholster a chair myself?

Completely you possibly can! This generally is a good newbie to intermediate DIY undertaking to your residence that give a big impact on the tempo if you end up carried out.

You want a pair abilities to perform this chair model because it is a little more heavy in stitching. Bonus, in case you have a good friend that may assist you to be taught as you go, that’s an effective way to get began as a newbie. Don’t really feel like not understanding one thing on this checklist ought to cease you from attempting.

  • Know the right way to use and thread a stitching machine.
  • Have a primary understanding on stitching. (ie stitching good facet to good facet, straight seams when stitching)
  • Entry to some instruments (as listed within the instruments checklist)

If a full reupholstery undertaking appears daunting, think about a small eating chair with only a easy seat cushion as a primary time undertaking with a throw pillow. Upon getting a pair small initiatives underneath your belt, it should assist you to really feel capable of strive one thing larger, with out being completely fearful.

Can I reupholster over current material?

Sure, however I’d think about this extra of an intermediate stage job. For this it’s good to have some understanding of form and reducing out material with out the “sample” that’s the unique items.

Eradicating the unique items, provides you a precise sample to comply with which is why many individuals do that. If this isn’t an possibility, and it’s good to go away the unique material in place, think about using an affordable muslin material to create a sample as you go. In the event you lower it too small simply sew on a strip to get the suitable measurement earlier than you narrow out the great material. This fashion, you don’t waste costly material by unintentionally reducing it too small OR too huge.

This can be thought-about extra of a slip cowl. And you’ll take a look at a fantastic slipcover tutorial right here.

Can I take advantage of a scorching glue gun for re-upholstery?

Personally I’d consider scorching glue as an assistant who holds issues whilst you work on the undertaking and never as a option to safe the seams collectively, until it’s really your solely possibility.

For instance, you would use scorching glue to assist safe the surplus material on the backside of the chair, however I’d additionally safe it with staples after the new glue has cooled. Take into account the glue as a quick maintain possibility in order that your material stays in place whilst you safe it.

Be cautious utilizing scorching glue, with some materials scorching glue will darken or discolor that material when it bleeds by the fibers. This coloration change, or residue that comes although the fibers could also be very noticeable. As a result of reupholstering a chair generally is a comparatively costly undertaking (all the material, padding or foam if wanted) I do advocate attempting to stitch the items collectively in order that it lasts very long time.

If stitching shouldn’t be your factor then think about constructing a bit of furnishings.  I not too long ago constructed this pipe and wood slats bed for my son:

pipe wood slats bed

All the main points together with construction plans and dimensions can be found here.

And naturally don’t overlook the handsome nightstand to go along with the pipe mattress:

handsome nightstand

This very masculine nightstand is a pleasant simple build you can check out here.

And lastly one thing to your eating or front room, my most up-to-date construct is that this sliding barn door console:

sliding barn door console

It’s a knock off undertaking and also you gained’t consider the retail worth.  By no means worry you possibly can DIY this barn door console, link to plans in my post here.

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