In this video on “How To Upholster A Vintage Barrel Chair,” you will learn many skills. This is more of an advanced project and not one I would suggest for your first upholstery project. This DIY upholstery tutorial will teach you:

  • How to pad and upholster a tight seat
  • Installing your support systems when there is no liner board
  • Padding the inside back and arms
  • How to create your own fabric template for an inside curved back with sewn together inside back and arms
  • Adding a cording detail on the seat perimeter
  • The proper order for attaching the inside back and arm unit
  • Closing up an outside back curve
  • Planning your double welt cord order and creating perfect intersections for the double welt

This tutorial is broken down into parts so you can easily find the section you want. With a membership, you can view this video as many times and as often as you’d like.

  • Part 1 Padding The Seat
  • Part 2 Adding Fabric To The Seat
  • Part 3 Webbing The Inside Back And Arms
  • Part 4 Adding Burlap To The Inside Back And Arms
  • Part 5 Padding The Inside Back And Arms
  • Part 6 Adding Dacron To The Inside Back And Arms
  • Part 7 Creating A Template For The Inside Back And Arm Fabric
  • Part 8 Using Original Fabric As A Template
  • Part 9 Cutting And Sewing The Inside Back And Arm Fabric
  • Part 10 Attaching The Inside Back And Arm Fabric
  • Part 11 Adding Muslin To The Outside Arms and Back
  • Part 12 Attaching the Padding And Fabric On The Outside Arms and Back
  • Part 13 Adding The Double Welt Cord
  • Part 14 Dust Cover

Run Time: 5 hours and 45 minutes

Supplies List

  • 1 Roll Upholstery Cotton or Synthetic Cotton
  • 4 yards 54” Wide 1 Ounce Dacron
  • Red Stripe Jute Webbing
  • 3 Yards Burlap
  • 5/32” Cotton or Fiber Flex Welt Cord
  • 1 yard Cambric Dust Cover
  • 4.5 Yards Decorator Upholstery Fabric (Greenhouse Fabrics – F2899 Meadow and B9519 Rain were used for this project)


  • Pneumatic Staple Gun
  • Air Compressor, Hose and Fittings
  • Osborne 120 ½ Staple Puller
  • Wire Cutters
  • 12” Upholstery Scissors
  • Straight Edge
  • Measuring Tool
  • Pencil/Chalk
  • Sewing Machine
  • ¼” Double Welt Foot
  • ¼” Single Welt Foot
  • Straight Pins
  • Regulator
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks