How to Reupholster a Picture Back Style Dining Room Chair

How to Reupholster a Picture Back Style Dining Room Chair


In this Dining Room Chair upholstery video tutorial you will learn the steps we used in upholstering this chair. The video begins with your seat support system including sagless and springs. Once we have completed the springing up portion of the seat I will then go into padding the seats before applying the finished fabric.


Introduction Video

What You Get

  • Streaming HD video lesson with anytime, anywhere access

  • Watch on any device

  • Close-up instruction from an expert

  • Answers to student questions from instructor and owner of Kim’s Upholstery, Kimberley Chagnon

  • Discussions with other members in the DIY FB Group

Class Overview

In this beginner DIY upholstery online course, you can follow step-by-step and bring your chair to its’ original glory without having to hire a professional.  YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF!

This tutorial starts with webbing and padding the seat before moving on to reupholstering the inside and outside backs of the chair. The fabrics in this tutorial include velvet upholstery fabric for the seat and working with large printed upholstery fabric for the back. Learn how to place your fabric pattern for a pleasing design and create your one-of-a-kind style.   The final detail in this upholstery project is attaching and making the double welt cord to finish off the dining room chair.

  • Part 1 Support Systems Seat And Back (webbing and synthetic sagless)
  • Part 2 Padding The Seat With Foam and Dacron
  • Part 3 Adding Your Seat Fabric
  • Part 4 Adding The Fabric To The Back Of  Your Chair
  • Part 5 Attaching The Fabric To The Outside Of Your Chair Back.
  • Part 6 Last You Will Attach Your Double Welt Cording And Dust Cover

Run Time: 2 hours


Supplies List

  • Synthetic Cotton
  • Dacron
  • Foam – 2” 2.6 density 35 lb compression
  • Jute Webbing
  • Burlap
  • Synthetic Sagless
  • 9/16 and ⅜ Staples
  • Cambric Dust Cover
  • 5/32” Welt Cord
  • Muslin
  • Hot Glue


  • Pneumatic Upholstery Staple Gun
  • Air Compressor
  • Wire cutters
  • Osborne 120 ½ staple puller
  • Osborne Goose Neck Webbing Stretcher
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Industrial Sewing Machine
  • Double Welt Foot
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Measuring tape or yardstick
  • Pencils and chalk to mark fabric

Taught By

Kimberley Chagnon
Kimberley ChagnonWith over 20 years of experience, Kimberley Chagnon has become a trusted name in both upholstery and instruction. In 1996, she started her own business, Kim’s Upholstery, which continues to thrive and give clients the custom upholstery they truly want. When she’s not busy in the workroom, Kim is busy teaching. For the past six years, she’s led classes for the Window Coverings Association of America group as well as popular trade shows, workshops and conferences.

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