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Cover the top of a seat

Cover the top of a seat


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Have you just found an old seat with a smashed seat in a flea market? Even if it is a little delicate operation that requires patience, you can get, after a few hours of work, a seat as pretty as it is comfortable, in perfect harmony with your decor.

General method

Generally, the outrages of time are mainly felt by a sagging of the seat. The fabric is worn, some nails have deserted and the padding is shamelessly displayed! Remember that, in addition to restoring the seat, it is essential to check the condition of the woods and treat them accordingly.

The step by step

1 On a sheet of cardboard, draw a pattern for the cutout. You can, for this operation, help you with the old fabric which you will have unpicked on its entire periphery by using a flat screwdriver and pliers. Then calculate the required yardage of fabric by providing a margin of 10 cm.

2 Also check the condition of the jute straps. Replace those which are too damaged and re-tighten those which seem too loose by restoring one of their ends to the seat frame. For this, use small upholstery nails. 3 Remove all the damaged upholstery from the seat, taking care, if possible, to leave in place the "white canvas": a kind of cover which is used to maintain the stuffing. Slip in a sheet of flexible cardboard that will better distribute the padding in the cover. You will then remove it.

4 Prepare your fill by making a mixture of animal hair and kapok. Mix it with your fingers to make it regain its volume and insert it in packs under the cardboard reinforcement and on the retaining cloth, packing as much as possible. For perfectly straight seats with no bead, you can opt for sheets of synthetic foam 2 cm thick, which are easier to apply. Subtract 2 cm from the frame dimensions for the first sheet. The second layer will have the size of the frame plus 1 cm, which will allow a more elegant "rounding". 5 Position the new fabric by simply fixing it in the corners with upholstery nails, or, much easier, staples. Fill if necessary on the sides. 6 Then stretch the new fabric by pressing lightly with the flat of your hand to compress the flock while regularly fixing the fabric.7 To form a peripheral bead, use a large upholsterer needle and stitch at an angle on the line created by the nails. Bring out your needle 5-10 cm apart, depending on the thickness of the bead desired. 8 Thread the needle in the opposite direction through the fabric to reach flush with the wooden frame. Do not space the stitches too much and regularly stretch the thread to give its shape to the bead. 9 Finish the dressing by gluing a small stripe that will hide the fasteners, and take advantage of the least visible angles to fold and cut this stripe.

The Pro Council

Choose a Scotchgard treated fabric which will allow you to prevent staining of stains and will support washing if necessary. Know-how - home decor © La maison rustique - éditions Flammarion, 2006