Asked on Feb 21, 2020

How can I add fabric and padding to a bow back oak chair?

Maureen Azevedo
by Maureen Azevedo

Here’s a picture of one of the chairs I’m hoping to makeover 🙏🏻

  9 answers
  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Feb 21, 2020

    Hi Maureen, hope this information helps you get your chair how you want it.

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  • Dee Dee on Feb 21, 2020

    1. Tip the chair on its back. ...
    2. Turn the seat cushion upside down. ...
    3. Insert a putty knife under the foam padding. ...
    4. Measure the seat panel. ...
    5. Grasp the edges of the fabric tight with your fingers. ...
    6. Pull the fabric tight on another side.

  • William William on Feb 21, 2020

    With out a photo you may find something her or at least some basics

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Feb 21, 2020

    Hi Maureen,

    I couldn't find the exact type of chair that you described, but this one is close. Maybe you can use this as a guide. Wishing you the best.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Feb 21, 2020

    Hello, I would consider using aersol spray adhesive and a staple gun if it were my project.

  • Maureen Azevedo Maureen Azevedo on Feb 21, 2020

    Here’s a picture of the chair I’m hoping to tackle.

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  • William William on Feb 22, 2020

    That is going to be tough. With the position of the spindles, splat, and two spindles supporting the back. Only way to do it is use 1/8 in hardboard, which is flexible, and cut it the the size of the inside of the back. Then upholster the panel front and back. Place the panel on the back and flex it to the contour of the back on the inside. Staple or tack it to the bow and splat of the back. The wood will still be visible from the back but you will have a padded back.

    • Maureen Azevedo Maureen Azevedo on Feb 22, 2020

      William, Thanks so much for the Information. I was thinking I’d need some sort of thin hardboard or thick cardboard to add to the back of the chair. Do you have any suggestions on what I can do for the seat?

  • William William on Feb 22, 2020

    For the seat. Cut the fabric of your choice about three to four inches larger than the seat. Upholster it with some 1" foam and batting. Staple the fabric under the seat. Start with the front, then the sides making sure it's smooth. Cut out any excess. On top your can go only as far as the spindles with the foam, batting, and fabric. Follow along the spindles with the fabric and staple to the curve shape. You can hot glue some trim to hide the staples. It's too hard to wrap around the spindles, staple underneath and get good finished look.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Feb 27, 2020

    That is not going to be an easy process .. I would simply use a cushion that you can tie to the back is for sure cost effective