Trust me on this one, ditch the springs. When working around the armrests, you'll have three sections of fabric: the upper part of the back, the fabric from the armrests, and the lower part of the back. I am wondering if I need/should use the same type of material or if I should use a foam? Ideas? Wool batting is made from wool waste that has been woven together and is available as: The use of animal hair is one of the oldest types of upholstery stuffing. When you sit on the chair, the springs are felt under the seat and the right side seemed taller. Cut it off very close to the arm supports if you have any. It’s durable and will give your furniture a smooth look and feel. Jamie breaks it down in this easy tutorial on how to reupholster a chair and she is a newbie at this. Purchase new clips too. It isn't easy to keep it tight at the sides, though, because the strip has to be installed from the inside... this will be clearer in a bit. Zig-zag springs install via a small clip that you simply nail onto the frame. I have purchased an old loveseat, looks to be a Mission style. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I want to keep the original antique look so do you think the 1″ foam is sufficient? Um…heroine? the guts of the cushions have springs, set in a frame and wrapped in burlap. Any advice would be much appreciated, Hi. Not a thing could be salvaged not even the warped springs! Reupholstering seems scary at first. Good old fashioned jute webbing is still the best foundation material for a standard spring box. pick a length that is a little longer than the length of the seat back, so you get a nice curve instead of a flat back), "blue tacks" and "no-sag" nails, supposedly for the twine and zigzag springs respectively but I used them both for both as they were very different sizes and there had been a lot of nailing into this frame already, two diagonal corner-to-corner rows of springs, on the front and sides of the seat, you will tuck the fabric under the frame and staple to the bottom of it, instead of to the sides, at the side back, you will fold the rear edge of the fabric under itself vertically, to make a clean line at the edge of the rear leg (on the canvas this is just a cut edge). I have a leather couch, loveseat and chair. I Plan on shortening a hand me down sectional sofa from my parents so it fits in my hose and adding the chair. The springs need re-tying and I need to put a filler in there so that it is comfortable for people to sit on. I am reupholtering some antique dining room chairs. The strips hold the fabric cover tight to the back by nailing in, and give a nice clean folded edge from the cardboard. The horsehair, cotton wadding, cotton lining fabric, burlap, and jute webbing I threw out immediately. Can you tell me where I might be able to order stuffing like this and how much it would cost. Seats feel like horsehair inside but will be too expensive to replace this. You have to do this to all 4 sides of the chair. thanks for your help. I did end up doing it somewhat differently; primarily I did not use any horsehair stuffing, but used foam and polyester batting instead. Thanks. I have never made channel backs and am worried about how I am going to stuff the channels. Also this chair was designed for decorative nails, and we had gotten some pretty new ones. I bought a 2in. the original padding was not thick at all and 1″ foam seems to keep the original feel of the chair, but 2″ is more confortable. Cut a piece of dacron batting long enough to cover the seat with a few inches extra at front & back (and sides if your dacron is wide enough or your seat is thin enough). At the top corners you'll get some overlap, just trim as well as you can and staple down. Want some more C.R.A.F.T? Notice the tiny metal clips holding the springs on the burlap. His extensive hands-on experience and understanding of the industry make him the go-to source for all things having to do with the home – from advice on simple repairs, to complete remodels, to helping homeowners prepare their homes for extreme weather and seasons. Oh yea, I would totally suggest doing it outside. NOT. Sophia Liam. 6 Common Plumbing Problems and How to Fix Them, How Interior Design Has Evolved: From 1950 to 2020, 7 Ideas to Make Your Small Kitchen Feel Cozy, https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/09/how-to-test-a-couch-for-toxins/380823/, Sylvania Battery Powered LED Under-Cabinet Light Review, Today’s Homeowner Radio Show for February 6, 2016. Pull the upper and lower side pieces around and staple. The front of the chair is now complete, and the open back just needs to be covered up nicely. I don't know if there's a rule for the height of the arc, but they should all have the same arc, and they should all flex quite similarly when pressed on. The zig-zag springs come coiled, and have springiness in the coil direction as well as the zig-zag direction, so the clips should be placed to pull the springs apart rather than push them together as it would be if they were normally straight. Then from the outside, pull the fabric to a good tightness, being careful not to shift the foam or dacron to either side, and staple under the arm. I think you will find the scariest part is ripping out the first staple. The thickness (loft) of batting can range from very thin up to 1/4″ thick. In any case, the springs have probably lost tension and need to be replaced. Cotton batting is made from 100% cotton that has been layered. From your description, I would guess that the middle springs are wearing out... if you don't want to replace them yet it *may* be possible to get more life out of them by swapping with the outside springs, but you'll have to make that judgement yourself.Good luck! If I would have done more research, I would have started painting the chair at this stage, but that’s ok… live and learn, right? Halloween Pumpkin With a Moving Animatronic Eye | This Pumpkin Can Roll Its Eye! Once the seat cushion is done, plop that bad boy into place and enjoy your new and improved chair! don’t want cotton just the type you normally put in cushions but the best thickest i can get. The seats have a wooden frame with a webbing across the seat bottom. Most recently an associate editor for a nationally acclaimed magazine, Wilson also worked for The Associated Press and as a daily news reporter for several years. It has been reupholstered at least once before; I remember my mother and grandmother working on it for about a week when I was 8 or 9.