reinforcing a chair back

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Tutorials, upholstery4 Comments

If you’ve been following along the past few weeks, you know I’ve been doing a lot of upholstery.  Upholstering is a skill I learned out of necessity.  I had a slate blue & mauve overstuffed freebie chair that wasn’t working with the fabrics I wanted to use, so I sort of reupholstered it.  I was too afraid to really pull the chair apart, so I did a totally made-up half-slipcover-half-upholstery sort of thing.  “Slipholstery”, if you will.  It was a bit of a mess, but I was so proud of that chair.  It gave me the courage to purchase other chairs that needed to be reupholstered.

I started working on more yard sale finds and I learned on each one along the way.  I’m still learning.  I still have a lot of limitations when it comes to upholstery and I still make some things up as I go along, but my pieces usually turn out pretty well!

So, I thought I would share some more of how I do things.  It may not always be 100% the way a professional upholsterer would do it, but it works for me.

When I took this chair apart, it just had fabric and foam on the back.  That’s adequate, but I wanted to reinforce it with some webbing.  It just makes the chair back feel a bit more secure when you’re leaning on it and it protects the fabric from being pushed through while moving it or if it gets in the way of kids rough-housing.


In this video tutorial, I show how I reinforced the back and put everything back together again…

We’ve been slowly stripping a pair of bergere chairs and French wing chairs and, since those are a bit more challenging than a chair like this, I’ll make a new video series on the process along the way.  

reinforcing a chair back

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4 Comments on “reinforcing a chair back”

  1. I’ve said it before, THANK YOU for sharing all your hard earned knowledge about furniture refinishing.

  2. Dang… you make this look like something I could actually do! That was totally informative. I have the cutest little chair with springs in the seat that are shot. I guess you could use the strapping for seats too?


  3. I purchased some webbing for my project. I saw the most cutest pillows made from the webbing; they used the webbing to make boxed pillows (?) and the webbing was used all around with a coordinating fabric on front and back. I think this is something you could totally nail down!.
    I am hope I am giving you a visual description of what the finished product looked liek 😉

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