How To Reupholster A Bergere Chair

Kim will walk you step by step through the upholstery process. This tutorial will teach you how to pad the seat using cotton and Dacron, adding the fabric to the deck and making the cuts necessary to properly fit the frame.

You will also learn how to upholster the outside back, add support and padding along with attaching the fabric for the inside back. Next we move onto padding and upholstering the top of the arms as well as fabricating and attaching the double welt cord. Once the body of the chair is complete Kim’s shows you her method for creating a cushion template.

When the template is created we will move onto cutting and fabricating the cushion with cut out details that make a proper fit around the arm and back posts of this Bergere Chair (this is a more advanced style cushion fabrication). You will also learn Kim’s method of installing an invisible zipper for the cushion.

  • Part 1 Padding The Seat
  • Part 2 Putting Fabric On The Seat
  • Part 3 Outside Back Fabric
  • Part 4 Inside Back Support And Fabric
  • Part 5 Upholstering The Arms
  • Part 6 Sewing Double Cording
  • Part 7 Attaching Double Cording
  • Part 8 Making A Template For Our Cushion
  • Part 9 Cutting Parts For The Cushion
  • Part 10 Sewing The Cushion

Run Time: 3.5 hours


  • Burlap
  • 1” Edge Roll
  • Synthetic Upholstery Cotton
  • 1 ounce Bonded Dacron
  • Synthetic Sagless (Polypropylene)
  • ⅜” Staples
  • 5/32” Welt Cord
  • #69 Bonded Nylon Thread
  • High Temp Hot Glue Sticks
  • #6 Nylon Invisible Zipper and Slide


  • Fasco Long Nose Pneumatic Staple Gun
  • Osborne 120 ½ Staple Puller
  • Wire Cutters
  • 60” Straight Edge Ruler
  • Soft Cloth Tape Measure
  • Wiss 10” Upholstery Shears
  • High Temp Hot Glue Gun
  • Juki DNU 1541s Industrial Sewing Machine
  • ¼” Cording Foot
  • ¼” Double Cording Foot
  • Juki DDL 5550N Straight Stitch Machine
  • Left and Right ¼” Zipper Feet

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