The unpleasant look of an old, worn, or outdated pair of furniture can be displeasing, and the cost of purchasing a new set can be expensive. However, you can upgrade your furniture set without a complicated process or back-breaking bills. Until the frames are strong (whether they are made with metals or woods) they can be refurbished into a new look.
Due to the wear and tear of outdoor furniture, reupholstering is an excellent and cheaper option when your furniture is of decent quality but is old and torn. It’s the ideal way to bring a much-loved piece of furniture back to life while maintaining the original design’s comfort and style.
The use of new fabric and foam on outdoor furniture updates the furniture’s look and adds a designer touch. If you have a sewing machine, you can sew new covers, but a hot glue gun will also make the job much easier if you don’t. You can do it yourself or contact WickerPark for an affordable service.
How to Choose the A Good Upholstery Fabric for Your Outdoor Furniture?
In Canada, outdoor furniture is subjected to various usage degrees depending on its location and the type of design. This usage causes wear and tear. Irrespective of this usage, it is essential to choose a fabric that will stand the test of time and withstand its intended application. The following should be considered when selecting a fabric.
Choose a fabric that matches the piece of furniture as well as the exterior of your home. The fabric should complement the style and personality of the item it is covering.
When purchasing furniture, the color of the fabric is often the first decision to be made as it has a considerable say on the decor, mainly if the outdoor furniture is a huge sofa that will heavily influence your decor.
The fabric’s durability varies depending on the piece of furniture, the space in which it is used, and personal factors in the household, such as whether there are children or pets. These issues should be reflected in your fabric collection.
There are a few other things to consider when deciding on outdoor furniture upholstery. These factors have to do with the setting in which the outdoor furniture will be placed. Is it exposed to any form of dampness, or does it get a lot of sun? If you have any pets that share your furniture? Is someone allergic to something?
Guide to Reupholster your Outdoor Furniture
A torn or worn piece of outdoor furniture is a fine choice of reupholstery because this procedure isn’t as complex as it might seem. The majority of upholstery cloth is stapled to the furniture skeleton or reusable slogged seat and handled piece by piece.
If you have a staple gun plus a little patience, you can turn a chair’s look from shabby to fab in a few days and cut costs. For your first attempt, start with a plain armless chair with intact padding to learn the technical know out of the trim and corners.
While the worn layer of fabric is already on the cushion, wipe it off and finish some frame painting or refinishing. Remove the slogged upholstered seat from the chair, as well as the slogged panel. Remove the original upholstery from the rear and any fixed or adjustable seats, paying particular attention to any trim and gently taking out staples to prevent tearing the cloth. You can make use of the old upholstery as a reference for cutting the new fabric.
Take pictures of each move to help you remember how the piece was formally positioned. As you strip each segment of worn upholstery, note whether it’s trim on the side to work about the chair rail so as to properly set out the pattern on the current cloth.
When you’ve removed the worn upholstery from the chair, set it out horizontally and calculate the yardage you’ll need to substitute the old one. Leave an inch over each side to make sure there is enough fabric for stripes and patterns.
Once the outer fabric and the staples are removed, leave the batting or padding intact and lose any lump and bump. The fresh upholstery would be installed directly on top of the original slogging or stuffing.
Choose a not-so-heavy upholstery or tapestry fabric that can hold up to the wear and tear of a chair. The denser the cloth, the more difficult it will be to deal with; however, very lightweight fabric will not stand up well over time.
Stripes can be avoided for circled pillows because they can cause the edges to tilt and appear bent on the furniture if the fabric is pulled taut. Cut out the old bits by laying them horizontally on the current material and leaving an inch on every side of each shape.
Starting from the last item you removed, staple the fresh fabric to the outdoor furniture in the backward order of how you removed it. As you go, cut any extra fabric and finish the sides using hot-glued upholstery piping or trim.
Staple upholstery cloth to the smooth back of the furniture back frame, stretching it over the panel’s padded front. Then, to cover the front cloth’s edges, glue a plain piece of material to the non-padded chair back. Cover the cloth edge with upholstery trim and mask the staples with hot glue. Envelop the adjustable padded bench in the same manner, without the underside trim.
Replace the original screws or other hardware with the demountable and newly upholstered furniture. Use extra upholstery cloth to strip sofa toss pillows or cover-stitching on the edges and chair back seat with hot glue.
Having gone through these seven steps, you are now well versed with the know-how required to reupholster your old furniture. Although an easy task, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Contact us at WickerPark for professional help to refurbish your old furniture at affordable prices.