CHI Good Questions: Help! First Upholstery Project

CHI Good Questions: Help! First Upholstery Project

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Janel Laban
Jan 14, 2008

Erica sent us a good question by email that is perfect for our January Jumpstart month: "I recently scavenged a day bed from my local Craigslist and would like to refoam it and reupholster it. I could really use some suggestions as to how I should go about doing this as a DIY project. I've never reupholstered anything before, but am up for the challenge. Also, any ideas for fabric choice?"

(Note: Include a pic of your problem and your question gets posted first.
Email questions and pics
with QUESTIONS in subject line to:
chicago(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com)

(Note: These are the original craigslist photos, so disregard the rest of the decor for answers- it's not Erica's home)
First of all, congrats on a great looking Craigslist find!

Since this is your first project, you might want to look into working with a local Chicago resource, The Needle Shop. They offer a beginner upholstery workshop. You send them a photo of your potential project to start the process - they recommend you attempt a simple piece, naturally, and I think your daybed would qualify. According to their description of how their workshop works, they will review the photos and get back to you with their approval along with yardage and time estimates. They say you can spend all the time you need to learn and complete your item.

As far as a fabric pick goes, we have two quick suggestions, as pictured at the top.


  • If you want to go with a patterned upholstery, we'd try an Indian Block Print. slightly earthy and hippie, and always stylish.

  • If you want to go with a solid upholstery, we'd go bright - no need to fear some real color in a simple-lined piece like the daybed.

Upholstery advice, supplies for resources and fabric choices are ALL welcome - help Erica make her daybed into a showpiece...

Top photos: via Domino, left - Paul Costello, right - Justin Bernhaut

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