Recover a New York Folding Arm Chair

Apr 10th

New York folding arm chair – Restoring your favorite old armchair can take dated, out-of-style furniture and turn it into an object that would rival current styles. If your chair is solid and there are no cracks or breaks in the frame, recovering can give it a new life. Restoring armchair can take some time and practice to get it just right, but once done, you will have the satisfaction of completing a project yourself and save money.

Perfect New York Folding Arm Chair
Perfect New York Folding Arm Chair

Remove upholstery tacks and staples from your chair gently with pliers. Lift the fabric and batting and other materials from your New York folding arm chair. Do not cut or rip the fabric because it will serve as a template for the new fabric. Place the fabric you bought to restore your chair on a flat surface. Place the first section that you delete from your chair on top of the new fabric. Trace the outline of the new fabric with chalk. Cut new pieces of fabric that will cover your chair. Place the pad over the bare areas in your chair that will be covered by the new fabric.

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After that to recover a New York folding arm chair, place the new fabric for the back and the vertical part of the seat.  Place the fabric for the arms and the chair seat and follow the same process to pull the fabric tight so it’s even. Staple the fabric in place. Cover the back of the chair with a single piece of fabric. Creating an edge for the back of the fabric by folding a 1/4 inch of fabric over the panel and staple the panel in place. Apply decorative upholstery tacks to cover the staples in areas where they are visible. Add other accents such as piping or buttons, depending on your vision for your easy chair.

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