How to Reupholster a Channel Back Chair And Add A Riser Board

In this Channel Back Chair video, you will learn several skills. The project involves adding a riser board before reupholstering and padding the deck. You will see how I reupholstered and padded the inside arms with decorative wood fronts. I have created 8 equal size channels referring to the old channels for measurements. The two outer channels were created by attaching them to the frame behind the decorative wood detailing on this chair. When closing up the outside arms and wing area I will show you how to plan for a perfect pattern match. We will then close up the outside back before moving onto adding decorative gimp. Once our chair body is finished we will sew a boxed cushion and complete our chair with a dust cover.

This Channel Back Chair is a bit more of an advanced upholstery project.

  • Part 1 Installing The Riser Board
  • Part 2 Measuring, Cutting, And Sewing The Deck Fabric
  • Part 3 Attaching The Deck Fabric
  • Part 4 Support System for Inside Arms
  • Part 5 Padding The Inside Arms
  • Part 6 Putting Fabric On The Inside Arms
  • Part 7 Creating The Channels
  • Part 8 Stuffing The Channels
  • Part 9 Back Support System
  • Part 10 Attaching The Channels
  • Part 11 Trimming And Adding Buttons
  • Part 12 Putting Fabric On The Outside Arms
  • Part 13 Putting Fabric On The Outside Back
  • Part 14 Gimp And Dust Cover
  • Part 15 Sewing The Cushion

Run Time: 5 hours

Supplies List

  • Sagless (Polypropylene) (Jute webbing can be used as well)
  • Spring Tying Twine
  • Burlap
  • Synthetic Upholstery Cotton (Natural is fine too)
  • 1 oz Bonded Dacron
  • Jute Webbing
  • Silk Film or Other Thin Plastic
  • Muslin
  • Gimp Trim
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • ⅜” and 9/16” Staples
  • 4” Ultra Medium High Density Foam
  • Cambric Dust Cover
  • Cardboard Tack Strip (½”)
  • Metal Tack Strip
  • #22 Upholstery Buttons
  • Button Twine


  • Pneumatic Staple gun (Fasco Long Nose – 7 series)
  • Air Compressor (90 PSI)
  • Wooden Mallet
  • Osborne 120 ½ staple puller
  • Wire Cutters
  • Upholsterers Regulator
  • 12” Button Needle
  • 6” Curved Needle
  • Hammer
  • Drill and Drill Bits (for riser board)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Non Fabric Scissors
  • Cloth Tape Measure
  • Straight Edge
  • Chalk or other Fabric Marking Tool
  • Upholstery Needles (Osborne)

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