How To Reupholster A Channel Back Chair

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In this Channel Back Chair upholstery video tutorial, you will see the steps I have taken to reupholster a chair.

This upholstery project has 14 individual videos and a running time of 4 hours 45 minutes.

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Class Overview

In this Channel Back Chair upholstery video tutorial you will see the steps I have taken to reupholster this chair. We will begin with creating and attaching the T-Deck in parts one and two.

The next two videos will show the inside arms from padding to fabric. We then move on to sewing the channels for the inside back. Once this is attached we move on to making and attaching the buttons before we move onto closing up the outsides. I will be making and attaching a double welt cord as a final decorative detail before we attach the dust cover and sew the cushion.

Class Lesson Breakdown

This upholstery project has 14 individual videos and a running time of 4 hours 45 minutes.

  • Part 1 Creating The Deck
  • Part 2 Attaching The Deck
  • Part 3 Inside Arm Right
  • Part 4 Inside Arm Left
  • Part 5 Creating Channels For The Inside Back (Wing Area)
  • Part 6 Sewing And Stuffing Channels For The Inside Back
  • Part 7 Attaching Channels
  • Part 8 Buttons – Making And Attaching
  • Part 9 Outside Arm Right
  • Part 10 Outside Arm Left
  • Part 11 Outside Back
  • Part 12 Double Welt Cord
  • Part 13 Dust Cover
  • Part 14 Cushion Overview



  • Pneumatic Long Nose Staple Gun
  • Osborne 120 ½ Staple Puller
  • Wooden Mallet
  • Wire Cutters
  • Scissors
  • Klinch-It Tool
  • Sagless Stretcher Tool
  • Button Press
  • Sewing Machine
  • Double Welt Foot ¼”
  • ¼” Cording Foot
  • Regulator
  • Pipping Tins


  • Synthetic Sagless
  • Coil Springs
  • Ruby Italian Jute
  • #12 Upholstery Tacks
  • 1 ¼” Edge Roll
  • Burlap
  • Synthetic Upholstery Cotton
  • 1oz Bonded Dacron
  • 8 Yards Fabric
  • 69 Bonded Nylon Thread
  • Button Twine
  • #22 Button Molds
  • 1 yard Decking Fabric
  • 1 yard Cambric Dust Cover
  • 4” Ultra Foam Medium
  • 5/32” Fiber Flex Welt Cord
  • 9/16” and 3/8” Staples

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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