How can I upholster the seat of this chair?


I was Preparing a chair seat to reupholster. The bottom has foam rubber under a wood form, all held down with metal braces. Any thoughts on A: removing braces and wood form and replace foam rubber, or (B) leave the items intact, remove just the existing fabric and drape new fabric? I’m able to remove the screws, but neither the braces nor the wood move.Thanks!

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  7 answers
  • Do you think the foam needs to be replaced?

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Jan 09, 2020

    If the foam doesn't need to be replaced you don't need to do it! Often times I reupholster and just keep the foam if it is good. You can just drape the new fabric and reupholster it. If you have to get to the foam and you have removed the screws and it doesn't budge, it might be held in another way as well which you will have to look for. I'm sorry I can't help you more, I can't really tell what I am looking at there. Do you have to get that middle section out so that you can reupholster it? If you are interested in how to re-upholster around a curve, check out my post....

    Maybe it will help you with the curved seat! Good luck!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 09, 2020

    I agree with K. Rupp, in so many words, it if's not broke, don't fix it. All you need to do is keep it simple and replace the fabric as you set out to do.

    You can use the previous cover as your template (pattern) for the new cover. Best to you.

  • William William on Jan 09, 2020

    Just leave the foam and wood in place. Those brackets may be screwed under the upholstered seat or just inserted under it. I assume they're Z shaped. Once you remove the fabric and padding you'll see how they're attached.

    • Jill Jill on Jan 11, 2020

      You’re so right! Thx for the practical advice! The chair ain’t broke, so I’m going with your suggestion! The foam is yellow with age, the chairs have excellent 50 yr old Henredon bones, so I’m on my way!

  • Coolfurniturelady Coolfurniturelady on Jan 09, 2020

    If the foam is compressed or you are worried about germs, steam it. I usually find this takes care of many issues, unless it is too brittle and starting to crumble.

    • Jill Jill on Jan 11, 2020

      Amy, the foam is definitely compressed and yellow with age, but no worries about germs, etc. The chairs have bern in my family for 50 yrs - as you suggested, I’m gonna wing it, ignore the foam and the braces, and get on with it!

      Thx for your help!

  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 09, 2020

    Hi Jill, I would leave the piece intact, add new foam on top of the wood and recover from there!! then you won;t have to take it apart all the way.

  • Leave the foam, maybe just added another thin layer to smooth out the finish. Then add new fabric.