This Trendy Upholstery Fabric is like a Chanel Suit for Your Sofa and ChairsStyle
Shearling and sherpa lovers, meet your new favorite decor trend: Bouclé furniture.
Dec 17, 2019
Before and After: This Heavy Target Ottoman Is Now a Breath of Fresh AirHome Projects
A reader felt that this “dark, old, manly faux leather ottoman” didn’t suit their apartment’s bright, new, laid-back vibe. So all it took was a staple gun and a colorful blanket to give it a fun, sunny new look.
Nov 16, 2018
Channel Tufting is the Throwback Upholstery Trend You’re About to See EverywhereStyle
It’s kind of hard to innovate when it comes to upholstered furniture. Truth is, it’s pretty darn comfortable for the most part already. Sure, you can stain-guard the fabrics, introduce more finishes and add decorative flourishes like nailhead trim to the equation. But lately, I’m digging the throwback to the more graphic, modern lines of channel back pieces. This silhouette is part-retro, part-’80s even, and we’ve talked about it as a wall treatment before.
Oct 9, 2018
5 Cheapskate Ways to Reupholster Your Furniture for LessHome Projects
Get a brand new-to-you sofa or chair for college-kid prices.
Aug 29, 2018
We Got Three Drastically Different Upholstery Quotes for One SofaHome Projects
Turns out there's more than one way to skin a couch.
Aug 5, 2018
20 Transformative Ways to Give New Life to Old FurnitureHome Projects
If you’re giving yourself a fresh start for 2019—new haircut, workout routine, healthy habits—give your furniture a New Year’s refresh with these 20 tutorials that will restore, revitalize, or totally redo your favorite wood, metal, leather, vinyl, marble, and upholstered pieces. If you find yourself in possession of a piece that has potential, but its wood is buried under layers of paint, bring out its natural beauty and let it shine.
Jan 1, 2018
Shave It & Save It: How To Give Your Upholstered Furniture a Second LifeHome Projects
Pilling on fabric is no good. It makes clothing and furniture look worn and tired, like it needs to be replaced. I certainly felt that way about this yellow chair before the most epic fabric de-fuzzer showed up on my doorstep. Friends, here me when I say this: This is the most satisfying $12.99 you’ll ever spend on a home-care appliance. I knew this type of tool existed, but I didn’t know how amazing the results would be when used on upholstery fabric.
Nov 28, 2017
This Remodeling Hack Adds Major Warmth To Your Walls, and It’s Everywhere Right NowHome Projects
Though you might associate it with ’80s decor, channel tufting has become one of the strongest remodeling trends of the year. (It’s also one of those looks that you recognize — again, likely from the ’80s —but didn’t quite know the name of the technique.) While I’m also seeing this used a lot in furnishings right now, the most noticeable application is on the wall.
Oct 23, 2017
Before & After: An $80 Sofa Gets an Affordable and Easy RefreshHome Projects
Amy fell in love with this sofa’s good bones and excellent cushions, even though the fabric was a little drab. After inspecting the piece to make sure it wasn’t too good to be true, she took it home and got to work and giving it a super easy and affordable refresh. From Amy: This is one of those sofas built with an incredibly sound construction, it’s something that is hard to find these days for an affordable price.
Aug 30, 2017
The 2-Minute Trick to “Reupholstering” Your SofaStyle
Like color, pattern can be one of those anxiety-provoking design elements for the novice decorator. You think: “How can I tell if these prints go together?” “What if I’m using too many patterns?” “What if I get sick of them a month from now?
Sep 9, 2016
DIY Project Test Lab Results: We Painted a Leather Sofa and Here’s What HappenedHome Projects
This sofa used to be black, but I painted it brown. You can see how it looks, but I know what you’re thinking. Did it rub off on your pants? How does it feel? Is it stiff? Is it gummy? Can you scratch it with your fingernail? Does it peel? Does it stink? Does it poke you in the butt? Is it a tragic mess that will end up in a dumpster? Let me break it down for you. First, the paint I used was Angelus Brand Leather Paint in tan.
Aug 4, 2016
Currently Crushing Hard: Dusty Rose Pink Velvet SeatingStyle
I can’t get away from blush-toned and dusty rose velvet furniture lately, and that’s just fine by me. The velvet says winter, and the color says spring, which makes each of these perfect for all seasons. Their healthy glow warms up your living space, without the cavity-causing sweetness. Above, this tea shop (Bellocq Tea Ateliers in Brooklyn) visited by Lean of Lean & Meadow has a welcoming wraparound in a plant-filled alcove.
Apr 21, 2016
Before & After: A “Fun and Flirty” Club ChairHome Projects
Fabric is simply clothing for your furniture. Take time to create unique, one of a kind pieces that are a reflection of who you are and how you live! We took an “old and dirty” club chair, cleaned it up, reupholstered and made it “fun and flirty”! When we wear clothing, sometimes we dress casual, fancy, or sporty. This chair was created with a working woman’s apartment in mind. Someone who has traditional values while living an adventurous and colorful life.
Nov 30, 2015
Best Upholstery Fabric Options for Cat & Dog OwnersLiving
When that luxurious velvet sofa catches your gaze for the first time, it’s easy to think, “I can totally do this, Fido will learn that he is not allowed up. Simple as that.” We’ve all been there, but let’s get real. Even if you become the dog whisperer and are indeed successful in keeping him off the sofa, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will stay clean.
May 26, 2015
Before & After: Family Chairs Get a Photo (Re)FinishHome Projects
Meghan got these chairs from her grandparents, and while they didn’t look like much, family photos revealed their vintage charm hidden under 80s upholstery. She decided to have their original style brought back, but with a twist. From Meghan: I inherited a pair of chairs from my grandparents when they were downsizing. The chairs were from the 1950s and I had several photos of my mother and Aunt crawling all over them when they were little.
May 6, 2015
Before & After: Plain Chairs Get the Artist’s TreatmentHome Projects
Kaitlyn bought these chairs as a medium for her art show. The fabric she chose is definitely a work of art! From Kaitlyn: I bought these chairs from a local thrift store in Santa Fe, although they originally came from a hotel on the plaza. I bought them to reupholster and put in my college senior art show, where I am sharing a space with 8 other students. I wanted to create something that would be stick out, and also incorporate my skills outside of traditional studio art practices.
May 2, 2015
Before & After: Grody Gangso Goes GeometricHome Projects
Dena found this mid-century set in bad shape. She cleaned them up with some fab new fabric—and shares a tip on how to get a crisp upholstery edge with one easy step: A gorgeous fabric to go with these Gangso Mobler pieces. And now for Dena’s tip on how to get crisp, pro results on that DIY upholstery job: use cardboard upholstery strips to wrap the cut edges before attaching to the underside of the cushion.
May 1, 2015
We Tried 3 Fabric Paints On Upholstery and Here’s What HappenedHome Projects
Last time we tested paint on vinyl, this time we’re testing it on softer upholstery fabrics. We’ve all seen chair makeovers on Pinterest and they look great —but just how comfortable are they? And how well does the paint hold up? Well, we’ve been wondering too, so we rounded up a couple pieces of furniture and put them to the test!
Apr 22, 2015
Before & After: Danish Chairs Get a Fresh New FabricHome Projects
Dena picked up this pair of Danish chairs at an antique market. The fabric was nasty, the finish not great, but she saw the potential. They look much more modern and fresh now: How much do you love that Nate Berkus fabric?? From Dena: A few months ago I spotted a pair of chairs hiding underneath a rug at Scott’s Antique Market.
Apr 18, 2015
Before & After: Wingback Chair Gets a Wild Waverly PrintHome Projects
It took three years, but Misha finally worked up the courage to tackle reupholstering this $5 Craigslist chair. We’re so glad she did—check out the impressive after: From Misha: After weeks of scouring Craigslist, I found the perfect chair – it was in good condition, only a few minutes away, & cheap ($5)! Then I began the search for the perfect fabric. After weeks of online searches & trips to Jo-Ann, I finally decided on a medallion print in a purple colorway.
Apr 8, 2015
Before & After: The Hardest-Button-to-Tuft Chest MakeoverHome Projects
Sarah wanted this cedar-lined chest to serve as extra seating in her music room. Instead of simply upholstering the top, though, she was inspired by a White Stripes song to try something a little more advanced. From Sarah: During my recent music room makeover, I found myself looking for ways to incorporate some extra seating. My sights settled on an old cedar-lined storage chest, which was the right height for seating but didn’t present the most inviting surface.
Mar 30, 2015
Before & After: A Free Chair Gets a Feathered MakeoverHome Projects
Chelsea picked up this chair for free, and dove into her fabric stash to find some new life for it. Check out the makeover that cost her $0: From Chelsea: I had been looking for a simple modern chair to use in our office makeover, and when I saw this sleek, chrome number in a garage sale leftover free pile, I jumped on it!
Mar 7, 2015
The Ten Commandments of Buying Used FurnitureLiving
You see a chair on the curb. It’s sitting right in front of your building and it’s free. Or, you’re at the thrift store and spy a cheap sofa. But something holds you back. You’re just. not. quite. sure. If only there were guidelines — holy reminders if you will — of things to keep in mind while looking at used furniture. How do you decide if it’s the right thing to re-do? Or if you should run in the other direction?
Feb 27, 2015
Before & After: Louis Chair Gets a Royal MakeoverHome Projects
Tranae picked up this Louis chair in good condition, but was less than excited about its outdated fabric. She paired it with a cheery modern floral that’s more suited to her style: From Tranae: After months of looking for a Louis chair at yard sales and thrift shops, I finally found one for $40. The chair was in good condition but I hated the fabric. First, I removed the old fabric and padding using a staple remover and pliers.
Feb 27, 2015
Before & After: Upholstered Chair Gets Pottery Barn-Inspired MakeoverHome Projects
This floral patterned chair may not look classic, but with some Pottery Barn inspiration, Brittany was able to transform it into a stunning staple: From Brittany: Before reupholstering this armchair, I’d done a few smaller projects (think loose cushions and wood-framed side chairs), but this was my first time taking on a fully-upholstered piece. It was also my first time doing upholstery work for someone else.
Feb 24, 2015
Before & After: Sad Headboard Gets a Happy MakeoverHome Projects
This old headboard was glamorous once, but it was in bad shape when Eri found it. She decided to give it a beautiful refresh, with a happy, colorful twist: From Eri: This headboard was found about a year ago in a bad condition begging for help. It had this disgusting old varnish that just made it look dead. It was stripped with paint remover, then used Annie Sloan paint and wax to add some patina and refinish the wood.
Feb 14, 2015
Before & After: Vintage Sofa Gets a Girly Glam MakeoverHome Projects
Many might have passed over this sad vintage sofa, but not Janet. She had glam plans for this junk shop find, including a BIG seat refresh: That oversized seat cushion makes it all the more glamorous, don’t you think? From Janet: I found a fabulous, battered, worn out vintage French Louis XV-style sofa at a local junk shop. So I stripped it down, sanded and painted the woodwork and reupholstered, with a little help from YouTube and my Dad.
Jan 25, 2015
The “Present for Grandpa” Living Room MakeoverHome Projects
Renovation by: Katie Location: Canada For Christmas this year, I decided to update my grandfather’s living room as my present to him. My grandmother passed away last February, and he needed a change – something that he could see everyday that would make him happy to remember his life with her. They had kept their 1960s furniture in near perfect condition, so I knew I would just need to update the styling of the room with fabrics and some interesting wall art.
Jan 12, 2015
How To Reupholster A Seat PadOrganize & Clean
Whether you want to change up the overall look of a chair or recover worn or outdated fabric, understanding how to execute minor upholstery techniques can save you big money. Fabric Upholstery batting Staple gun Pliers or Tack lifter Remove the seat pad from the chair (save all hardware in a bag so you can reuse it later!) and begin to strip away the old fabric. If the upholstery batting is in good shape, you might want to leave it on.
Jan 10, 2015
Before & After: A New Life For A No-Name CastoffHome Projects
I spotted this gorgeous Thonet-esque chair while strolling through an antique mall a few months ago. It was in supremely rough shape, but I had a vision and at $8 I just couldn’t pass it up! If the chair had a makers mark I might have thought about restoring it and finding someone who wanted it in original condition, but it didn’t —so I grabbed some sandpaper and a can of spray paint and got to work!
Jan 8, 2015
How To Clean Velvet UpholsteryOrganize & Clean
I don’t buy into the I-can’t-have-nice-things-because-I-have-a-pet hype. This is especially true when it comes to textiles in my home. So when I spotted a gorgeous velvet sofa on Craigslist for a song, I did my research and went for it.
Dec 10, 2014
Before & After: Theater Seats Get a New Featured AttractionHome Projects
These conjoined movie benches sat in Natasha’s garage for a while, just waiting for inspired intervention. It turned out that all they needed was a fabric good enough with which to reupholster them. Although they look like classic corporate waiting room fixtures here, the end result is far from staid… Straight from the Brenda Starr book of decorating, this comic-themed fabric is fun and unexpected.
Dec 3, 2014
Before & After: Jenny Lind Becomes Furniture to “Chairish”Home Projects
Forgive the bad pun in the title of this post, but do check out the makeover of this classic Jenny Lind-style chair, recently restored and revamped by Reddit user the Grizzard of Oz. After peeling off many layers of old upholstery, she stripped off the green paint and even used toothpicks to clean out all the nooks and crannies in the wood. The new natural looking wood stain is covered with a layer of wax for added protection.
Oct 21, 2014
Before & After: Worn Vintage Settee Gets a FaceliftHome Projects
Last year Danielle picked up a vintage settee for $50 and, with her mom as co-pilot, wanted to take it on as her first foray into upholstery. She was conflicted about the fabric to use: something modern and bold or something more traditional? Readers chimed in, many urging her to have it professionally recovered instead of trying it herself and the majority of readers advised going with a classic print and color for the fabric. Did she take either piece of advice?… No and yes!
Sep 30, 2014
10 New Ways to Re-Upholster Old FurnitureStyle
Nothing perks up an old piece of furniture quite like new upholstery. If you’re looking for a chair or sofa that will make a statement, something a little out of the ordinary, take a gander at these 10 creative ways to reupholster old furniture. 1. Cover the back of the chair in a contrasting fabric. Like Andrea of Wild Chairy, who is the queen of transforming old chairs into stunning new pieces. (The chairs pictured above are available, if you’re not feeling like a project yourself.
Aug 27, 2014
Can You Spy the DIY? Sophisticated BedroomStyle
We love DIY projects – especially when they look as good as everything else in a room. Take a look at this boy’s bedroom – can you guess which item here is a DIY? It’s the chic headboard! Here’s what the homeowner told us about this DIY: We found an old headboard left behind in one of the bedrooms. We spray painted the frame gold and added a fun fur cowhide print and now it anchors Ben’s bed. It took about 20 minutes and $20 to complete.
Aug 8, 2014
Try This DIY Project!: Turn an Old Box Spring Mattress into Stand Alone Bed FrameHome Projects
This DIY project is a great use for older box springs, and an affordable way to have a “brand new” bed. It only requires about four yards of upholstery fabric, and can be done in just a couple of hours… Katy from The Clever Bunny had a hand-me-down mattress which was relegated to her guest room. In lieu of a bed frame she chose to cover the box spring with fabric and add legs.
Jun 18, 2014
Before & After: IKEA Hack Makes the BESTA Even BetterHome Projects
Suzanne saw potential in IKEA’s popular BESTA shelf, and not just as vertical storage. When flipped and tweaked, she was able to make it into something else entirely. Keep on reading to see the pretty remarkable transformation… This might just qualify for a hack and a half. Using the IKEA BESTA as a base, Suzanne custom created a DIY tufted banquette that’s sophisticated and stylish (and offers extra hidden storage as a bonus).
May 8, 2014
Quick DIY Tip: How To Cut Linen Fabric Perfectly Straight Every TimeOrganize & Clean
I learned how to cut linen properly last week, when I was wrestling with a very large piece of fabric for this DIY headboard project. Linen is a wily fabric and its loose weave likes to change shape a lot when handled. No matter what I did to line it up, the linen would shift and I couldn’t cut a straight line to save my life. Thank the heavens for this amazing tip: Here’s the fabric I used. You can see here how it “bends” and makes finding a true straight line difficult.
Apr 18, 2014
Upholstery Project: How To Make a DIY Headboard with Fabric SlipcoverHome Projects
I get obsessed with things I see on Pinterest, and this padded headboard (okay, the whole place) is one of my recent fixations. I like the modern, streamlined look of it— but that it’s also more relaxed than a lot of the tufted, nailhead DIY headboards I see all the time.
Apr 16, 2014
DIY Upholstery Project: How Make Your Own Custom Fabric Piping (or Welting)Home Projects
Piping (or welting if you prefer) adds a nice detail to DIY upholstery projects, and gives added tailoring to cushions and headboards. Choose the same color as your main upholstery fabric, or a fun contrasting color for more zip. It’s also easy and quick to make.
Apr 16, 2014
Before & After: MCM Chair Gets an Upholstery RedoHome Projects
This old vinyl MCM style chair was asking to be rescued. Vinyl cushions paired with good bones and clean lines — need I say more? For 20 bucks it was mine, and I set off on my first attempt to reupholster a worthy chair. For my first re-upholstery job, I’m happy with the results. The structure of the chair was very sturdy, and the condition of padding was fair. I carefully un-stitched the vinyl and saved it to use as a pattern. The frame had to be sanded and re-stained.
Apr 11, 2014
Before & After: Beat Up Chair Finds Way Back to BeautyHome Projects
Tanya swiped this chair from a trash heap, shoved it in the back of her car, and and drove away without looking back. Over time, she grew sentimental about this “garbage chair,” and finally made the leap to reupholster it: The labor was $630 (which included repairs), new foam cost $50, and the velvet fabric was $250.
Apr 9, 2014
Create Your Dream Bedroom: Best Upholstered Fabric HeadboardsStyle
Nothing softens a room and makes it more inviting than a fabric upholstered headboard. Affordable and stylish, here are some of our favorites on the market right now.
Apr 7, 2014
Before & After: Rachael’s Simple and Sweet Found Free Chair MakeoverHome Projects
Is there anything more delightful than coming across a piece of furniture with good bones and a “free” sign? It’s not everyday that a simple DIY project sparks career inspiration, but this free chair Rachael stumbled on and brought home to fix up did. Though simple, it’s a sweet little makeover, and proof even the most unloved of furniture pieces can look nice with a little cleaning up.
Mar 29, 2014
Before & After: From Cat Scratcher to Purrfect ChairHome Projects
This chair was spotted in the free section on Craigslist, and listed as the “Attack Cat Chair.” Apparently, the owner couldn’t bear junking it, and Cat (yep, that’s her name too) was happy to take it on as a project. Cat used discounted remnants to reupholster the 1961 chair. It was more complicated to work on than she expected (especially when it came to the tufted back and buttons) but she made it through!
Mar 20, 2014
10 Easy-to-Find Secondhand Staples (and How To DIY These Thrift Store Finds)Style
Here are 10 secondhand staples you run into at thrift stores all the time, and 10 corresponding DIY projects to modernize them. Most are simple projects that are both do-able and transformative. Keep them in mind the next time you are wandering around a flea market, or in your favorite Goodwill. Mismatched Plates: These DIY tiered stands are inexpensive to make, and a great way to use old dishes.
Mar 14, 2014
Before & After: How Plycraft Met IKEA and Made a Great Chair BabyHome Projects
Sometimes, while thrifting and searching about you come across something amazing, and in perfect condition. This wasn’t one of those times. Kelly found this old Eames-style Plycraft chair whose leather was nasty, grime-covered, torn and faded.
Feb 25, 2014
DIY Room Decor: How To Make a 3-in-1 Upholstered Tray BenchHome Projects
Small spaces require items that do double- or even triple-duty. Cristin repurposed this sewing bench to act as bedside storage, a serving tray, and a lap desk (not to mention extra seating in a pinch!), all in one useful piece of furniture. Skill Level: Easy Time Required: 1-2 hours Project Cost: Less than $50 Upholstery fabric Quilt batting or 3″ foam Grosgrain ribbon Decorative fabric tacks Leather scraps Fabric tacks or small wire nails Iron-on laminate Hot glue gun Hammer Scissors 1.
Feb 1, 2014
How Much Did it Cost to Reupholster Your Couch?Style
For February’s “Project Month,” we’re asking readers to share how much they spent on a given item, project, or upgrade in the home. We hope this information proves helpful to anyone needing to get a basic sense of how much that something costs, and how much you can expect to pay to hire someone. We’ll report back with your “reader intelligence” next month. If you can, let us know the type of couch or sofa you have (length? is there tufting?
Jan 30, 2014
Before & After: A Red Retro Chair EvolutionHome Projects
This red pod chair had seen better days, and Cathy of Retro Evolution Design knew she could give it some new life. The upholstery was old, dirty, and damaged. Not to mention the base, which was a little too tall, too heavy, and maybe a little bit ugly? Cathy recovered the chair in a sturdy linen tweed blend fabric. Her son fabricated a new “cats cradle” style wire rod base with angles that complement the chair above. Now all that’s missing is a custom ottoman to match!
Dec 16, 2013
Before & After: IKEA Lack Coffee Table to Upholstered OttomanHome Projects
We’ve seen IKEA coffee tables customized dozens of different ways. They can be retextured, studded, and even given heavy marble tops. But this hack takes it in a different direction and turns one coffee table into an upholstered ottoman. Over at IKEA Hackers, Marynell from Amusing MJ showed how she turned an IKEA Lack coffee table into an upholstered ottoman like the ones she liked from West Elm with some 5” foam batting from JoAnn’s and some upholstery fabric.
Nov 7, 2013
DIY Bedroom Project Idea: Extra-Wide Upholstered HeadboardStyle
I’ve seen lots of upholstered headboard projects over the years, so my eyes often glaze over when they cross my desktop. Not so with this recent one from Mandy at Fabric Paper Glue. There’s something about the vertical tufting — and that green — that really appeals to me. It’s also wider than most headboards, making it more statement piece than furniture. Mandy used a photo of another custom bed for inspiration and figured out how to create the look she wanted.
Oct 31, 2013
Before & After: I Spy A Reimagined SofaHome Projects
Megan fell hard for a semi-circular, midcentury tufted sofa she spotted at her local coffee shop but when she tracked down the source, the retail price was an unfathomable sum, only slightly less than the down payment on her house. Yikes! Once again Craigslist saves the day.
Oct 17, 2013
Before & After: Retro Chair Reaps Benefits of ReupholsteryHome Projects
Kaylei McGaw, Associate Editor at Lonny, inherited this ripped vinyl saucer chair from her Great Grandmother. Not wanting to get rid of it, she decided to hand it over to the talented folks at Chairloom. She picked fabric, they reupholstered it, and now the chair’s got another fifty years of life. See the transformation next…. Not only did baby get a new pair of shoes, she got a whole new wardrobe!
Oct 3, 2013
Before & After: A New Side to IKEA’s ExpeditHome Projects
Krys saw potential in Ikea’s popular Expedit shelf, and not just as vertical storage. When flipped horizontally, the unit fit perfectly in an awkward space in Krys’ dining room. Now, if she could only make it look like it belonged there and had a purpose… By modifying other simple upholstery projects she’d seen online (including a headboard and seat cushion), Krys custom created a restaurant-style dining banquette that’s cute, cozy, and packs extra storage.
Sep 16, 2013
Before & After: Pumping Up The Volume on a BenchHome Projects
A few months ago, while searching for furniture to restore for an upcoming outdoor market, I came across this beautiful painted bench. She was so lovely to begin with that part of me debated whether I shouldn’t keep her as is. But seeing how much potential there was in this piece, I decided to up the wow factor and add a little more personality. Check it out!
Sep 4, 2013
Faux Fancy: 10 Ways to Turn Old, Busted Decor into New Luxe HotnessStyle
We all know how hard it is to make something look more expensive than it really is, let alone transforming old furniture into decor worthy of high end, elegant spaces. But here are a series of projects that do just that, turning salvaged finds into fancy pieces, with the help of luxurious faux finishes.  TOP ROWShagreenA Mere LifeAgateGorgeous Shiny Things 3. MarblePoppytalk 4. MalachiteLittle Green Notebook 5. SnakeskinRecently BOTTOM ROWFurStyle At HomeBoneThe Vintique Object 8.
Jul 31, 2013
Apartment Therapy’s Guide to Upholstery FabricStyle
Last week I wrote the guide to sofa shopping, and this week I am looking at the fabrics that upholster your sofa. If you are going high-end with a custom sofa and need the perfect fabric, are re-upholstering a vintage piece, or just want some insight into what all of those funny characters on the sofa tag mean when you are perusing IKEA next weekend, this is the guide for you.
Jun 26, 2013