We’ve very kindly been given a nursing chair by my friend Helen, but as it doesn’t fit in with the room (that sounds very fancy pants!) and it’s a little bit worn, we thought it might be nice to see about getting the cushions for it covered in a grey material.

Nursing chair

We took the cushions and the matching footstool to a local place that does reupholstery for a quote, not having a clue how much it would be, chose a cheap fabric (£12/m), they said it would probably take 3.5m, and the total would be £190.  I needed a chair to sit in after that – it’s probably more than the chair cost in the first place!

Granted, its arm cushions are falling apart and need more foam, and I don’t think it’s the easiest item to recover but all of the cushions come off (apart from the footstool is fixed).

I’ve ordered a bunch of books from the library about reupholstery and am thinking about having a go myself (although I’m pretty sure I’ll need to borrow an electric sewing machine from a lovely friend) – it doesn’t need to be perfect!  I do think it’s a bit more than my trusty Singer could handle though.  The other option is to throw a blanket over the whole thing.

If anyone has any tips on this, they’d be gratefully received!

4 thoughts on “Reupholstering

  1. Michelle Tyma says:

    Are you going to paint the wood white? if it came to it a throw and a cushion would be ok? You could just use a staple gun on the foot stool couldnt you. I reckon you could have a good crack at it yourself, I mean the underside doesnt need to look amazing, as long as it looks good on top and it wont pull apart x

    • Chelle says:

      I agree, a staple gun on the footstool will work, but I’d like to try and do the cushions – if it doesn’t work, I can always do the throw thing.

      I was planning on painting the wood, it’s already got some kind of varnish on it – any advice on the primer/paint I need?

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