Let’s get started with How to Reupholster a Picture Back Style Dining Room Chair.  You’ll learn many upholstery skills that will take you to the next level in your upholstery journey. Choose a bold fun fabric and show off your new piece to your family and friends.  And you can even do this one in a weekend of DIY fun!


This DIY tutorial shows webbing and padding the seat, upholstering the seat, and upholstering the inside and outside back of the picture back chair. The fabrics in this tutorial include using velvet upholstery fabric for the seat and working with large print upholstery fabric for the back.  You’ll learn about pattern placement to achieve a one-of-a-kind style. The final detail in this upholstery project is attaching and making the double welt cord.

  • Part 1 Support Systems Seat And Back
  • Part 2 Padding The Dining Room Chair Seat
  • Part 3 Seat Fabric
  • Part 4 Inside Back Fabric and Pattern Placement
  • Part 5 Outside Back Fabric and Pattern Placement
  • Part 6 Attaching Single and 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

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