Asked on Nov 9, 2019

How do I reupholster these dining room chairs?



I can handle the seats, but the backrest concerns me because I cannot tell if it is glued on or stapled on . How do I replace the backrest upholstery without damaging the chair?

6 answers
  • Flipturn
    on Nov 9, 2019

    It is hard to tell from just the one picture, but there may have been some glue applied to the back of the jute wrapping before the front of the chair was attached to the back.

    To remove the back from the chair, the seat may have to come off first. Turn the chair over, and look if you can see any screws or plugs, or perhaps wing nuts on the bottom of the chair.

    A couple more pictures of the entire chair would be helpful to see what you are working with.

  • Cheryl A
    on Nov 9, 2019

    you could glue it on then use small staples as well for extra strength

  • Johnavallance82
    on Nov 9, 2019

    Hello there, I agree, a few more photos might assist us.

  • William
    on Nov 10, 2019

    Need more photos. More likely stapled. There is no glue that would last with daily use and stress on the fabric.

  • Trudy
    on Nov 10, 2019

    Pry it off slowly and you will figure out how it was applied.

  • Janet
    on Nov 10, 2019

    This looks like a previous DIY reupholster. It looks like veneer on both sides. So I agree with Trudy, gently lift the material away from the back and see how it is attached. If that is indeed veneer, be extra care not to pull it loose.

    Can you see what the original back was? It might be cane backing that was in need of repair.

    Good luck and let us see pictures.

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