Upholster it Yourself
Amanda Kaufmann | Date posted: September 9th, 2011
You know how it happens-you’ve come across beautiful antique dining room chairs with ugly seat covers, or your beloved loveseat’s cushions have just gotten too threadbare. You want to reupholster them, but loathe the idea of paying someone else to do it. Do it yourself! There are lots of resources available to those who want to make their furniture look fabulous without paying an arm and a leg to do it.
Take classes. Look to a sewing school, community college, or art center for introductory and intermediate upholstery courses. Take it with a friend and make it a girl’s (or boy’s) night out!
Check online videos. If you’re not into buying DVDs, check out videos uploaded on user-generated websites. Look for step-by-step instructions in a short, digestible format.
Ask your hardware store. Sometimes hardware stores will give free lessons on how to use products that they sell to, say, reupholster furniture. If there are none nearby, check the out this online hardware store that has free videos.
Pick up some magazines. If you prefer reading directions as opposed to watching them, check out the DIY Online Magazine, which gives thorough, step-by-step instructions, each accompanied by pictures. Of course, books work too!
Amanda Kaufmann is a New York-based writer and editor. Since 2006, she has worked as a newspaper reporter, freelance columnist, book editor, website content editor, proofreader and fact-checker. She is constantly in the pursuit of...