11 Easy Steps on How to Reupholster a Wingback Recliner

This article will teach you how to reupholster a wingback recliner in 8 easy steps. Reupholstering your furniture can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be!

All of the tools and materials that you need are available for purchase at most hardware stores, and with these easy instructions, anyone can do it.

Reupholster a Wingback Recliner


Steps on Reupholstering a Wingback Recliner

Step one: Using an electric drill with a screwdriver attachment or Phillips head bit, remove all screws from the frame of your furniture piece. The number of screws may vary depending on how large the piece is; just make sure that every screw is removed before continuing to step 2.

Step two: Using a box knife, cut the fabric from your furniture piece. You will want to make sure that you leave about an inch on each side of the frame so that it can be used later for sewing or tacking down fabric folds.

Step three: Remove any staples using a flat head screwdriver or staple remover. Be sure to remove all staples from around the frame before continuing with step four.

Step Four: Stuff batting inside of fabric piece, pushing it down as far in as you can, and ensuring that there are no air pockets left behind.

Step Five: Cut the fabric off of your furniture piece, leaving about a half-inch from each side and cut out any excess batting.

Step Six (optional): If you would like to add piping around the edges of your reupholstered frame, this can be done using extra fabric that is already on hand.

Step Seven: Iron the fabric piece with steam and then pin it.

Step Eight: Sew around the frame, leaving one side open for turning inside out.

Step Nine (optional): Add piping as described in Step Six if desired. Once the piping is sewn, cut open one side of the frame and turn the fabric right-side out.

Step Ten: Hand sew around the outer edge with a needle and thread to fasten tightly.

Step Eleven (optional): If you would like to add piping as described in Step Six, this can be done using extra fabric that is already on hand.


Is it hard to reupholster a wingback chair?

It is not hard for a beginner to reupholster a wingback chair. The most difficult part of the process is gathering and providing materials, but with some patience and time spent on the research, you can easily accomplish it yourself!


How much fabric do I need to recover a wingback chair?

You will need to measure the chair and make sure you have enough fabric. The amount of fabric needed varies depending on how much padding there is, so don’t forget to take that into account!


Is it worth reupholstering a chair?

A chair that has been reupholstered can look as good, if not better than a new one for less money. The process also is an enjoyable activity and a great way to connect with the past!


How long does it take to recover a wingback chair?

It will depend on how much experience you have and how much time you are willing to spend on it. The process can take as little as a few hours or up to two days, depending on how complicated your chair is!

Should I use leather or fabric?

It depends on what looks and feels you’re going after – one of these will be better suited to your needs. Fabric is generally much less expensive and easier to work with, while leather will look more luxurious!


How much should I expect to pay to reupholster a chair?

This answer will vary depending on the price of fabric and leather, how much work is needed to do the project, and what kind of chair you’re recreating. Generally, it’s around $200-$300 for a decent quality chair!

What are some other projects I can do with upholstery material?

If you’ve just got a love for customizing furniture, you can also upholster accent pieces like headboards or ottomans!


What is the best fabric to reupholster a chair?

This answer will vary depending on the style you’re going after and how much customizing work is needed. Generally, a good quality fabric (usually natural fiber) with a nice texture or pattern can be used to reupholster most chairs!


What should I do if my chair doesn’t have arms?

If your chair has no armrest s, first make sure it is still comfortable. If it’s not as comfortable without them, you can reupholster an armrest to match the fabric and attach it securely.


What should I do if my chair has arms?

If your upholstery project has a lot of detailed work like tufting or piping around the arms, you may want to just replace the arm and seat cushions.


When should I reupholster my chair?

If your chair is falling apart and needs an overhaul or if it’s looking old, faded, worn out, and tired- then now would be a good time! If not, give us a call for a consultation.


What is the best way to clean my chair?

The easiest thing you can do is vacuum it regularly and spot-clean any spills or stains right away. If you want a more thorough cleaning, some products are specifically made for upholstery like those from Scotch Guard®. You should avoid using too much water or harsh chemicals because they can discolor the fabric.