Give your chair another chance because we are here to help you change your mind and teach you how to reweb a chair!
Do you have a worn-out chair? If you plan to throw it out, you should reconsider it.
That encouraging sign you’ve been looking for has finally appeared. Maybe you have an old chair in your garage or storage room waiting for you to fix them, or perhaps you saw one on the street and brought it home. Either way, we can help you restore it.
Webbing is a sturdy woven fabric that you can identify by various material properties, strength variances, and available lengths. The webbing technique is mainly composed of threads that are woven together on looms to form strips.
Webbing a new chair with cloth strips is much easier than you might imagine, especially if you already have a wooden chair with an old worn-out seat or no seat at all. Continue reading this, and we will help you learn how to reweb a chair.
Rewebbing A Chair
Step #1. Strip cutting
Using a scissor, remove the old web in the chair. Make sure to clean all the excess staples or nails in the chair before rewebbing it.
You need to purchase two-inch-wide (5-cm-wide) webbing from a craft store. For a pleasing appearance and a comfy seat, seek webbing made from cotton or nylon.
If you have an array of color options, go with the ones that you prefer the most. The simplest look and technique can be achieved by using only one or two colors.
Measure the chair from the rear to the front. Place the tape measure at the back of the chair seat.
Extend the tape to find the frontmost number on the seat. Label this as “back to front” so you can remember which measure it is.
Please do the same for the sides, and label them. Remember to add at least 5 cm or two inches on all measurements.
Cut them and use sharp scissors to prevent unnecessary leftovers on the sides. Put them aside once you have cut the strips so you’ll have enough of it to cover the entire seat.
Step #2. Attach the first layer of web strips
It would be best to lay all the strips you cut and lay it on the chair beginning in the middle. Tuck the web strip’s other end under the chair and attach it to the rear of the seat with a needle and thread. Use two or three staples to hold it in place to have the strip secure.
Next is to stretch the web strip and pull it in front. If your web strip is tight rather than loose, it will be firmer.
Before you tuck it in, fold at least ½ inch. After that, do the left and right of the chair and measure the spaces in between.
Do the same with the other strips and make sure to staple them tightly. You can cut the web strip lengthwise if needed to cover the leftover spaces.
Step #3. Attach the second layer
The second layer is the horizontal part of the strips. Get a strip and tuck it in the side of the chair, starting in the middle. You only need to staple the other end to weave it.
Just like the first layer, tuck in the left and right first alternately. After making sure all strips are stapled, you can now begin the weaving process.
Consider adding one or two staples before adding upholstery nails to secure the web strips. The pins will cover the staples to give it a nice look.
How do you attach webbing to a chair?
You can attach webbing to a chair depending on the material of the strip and the frame of the chair. In this article, we used a tucker and a nail to attach the web strip.
If the chair is wood and the material is nylon or rubber, you can use a web clip used with screws to attach it. To secure the clip in the strip, you can consider using a vise or plier to clamp it firmly.
How much webbing do I need for a chair?
You will need at least 2 inches wide (5 cm wide) worth of webbing. You can choose to buy a pre-cut web strip if you don’t want to cut it yourself. You can also consider purchasing an extra strip in any case you will need it.
The needed material will also depend on the size of your chair. It is a great idea to measure the chair first before purchasing.
To reweb a chair may need help from other people, and you will need extra hands before doing it. Knowing how to reweb a chair will help you in fixing an old or worn-out chair.
Remember to buy the exact items that your chair needs to make sure that you have all of them before doing it. You can also use protective gloves in case to protect your hands.