How To Reupholster A Tufted Back Club Chair With Rolled Arms and Rolled Back

In this video tutorial “Upholstering a Tufted Back Club Chair” I will share the techniques I used to reupholster this chair.

We will begin by adding a riser board with edge roll. This video includes creating and sewing a boxed deck by making a template, upholstering and padding the deck, attaching the support systems, padding and upholstering, tufting the inside back, creating the rolled back with button details, upholstering and attaching the arm panels, closing the outsides using curve ease (pligrip) and metal tack strips.

This is an advanced project and not one I would suggest for a beginner. The cushion is not part of this tutorial as you will find multiple cushion videos available.

If you need to create a template for your cushion please refer to the “Measuring Your Chair For A Cushion” tutorial.

Run Time: This tutorial is 5 hours 39 minutes long.

  • Part 1 Adding Burlap To The Deck
  • Part 2 Installing A Riser Board
  • Part 3 Preparing The Deck Fabric
  • Part 4 Attaching The Deck Fabric To The Chair
  • Part 5 Padding The Deck
  • Part 6 Adding Support For Inside Arms And Back
  • Part 7 Burlaping The Inside Back And Arms
  • Part 8 Padding The Inside Arms
  • Part 9 Putting Fabric On The Inside Arms
  • Part 10 Padding The Inside Back
  • Part 11 Tufting The Inside Back
  • Part 12 Outside Arms
  • Part 13 Outside Back
  • Part 14 Button Detail For Rolled Back
  • Part 15 Creating The Arm Panels
  • Part 16 The Dust Cover

Supplies List

  • 9 yards Upholstery Velvet (Greenhouse Fabrics)
  • 1 Roll Synthetic Cotton
  • 1 Yard Twill Deck Fabric
  • 1 Yard Black Accord (Cambric) Dust Cover
  • 2 Metal Tack Strips (make sure you have extras in case one bends)
  • Plastic Metal Tack Strip Cover
  • Curve Ease
  • 6/32” Fiber Flex Welt Cord
  • 5 Yards 1 oz. Bonded Dacron
  • Button Twine
  • Jute Webbing (Red Stripe)
  • 4 yards 40” W Burlap
  • 1 Yard 40” W Synthetic Sagless (Polypropelene)
  • ¼” Luan
  • #30 Buttons (7)
  • #45 Buttons (2)
  • ⅜” and 9/16” Staples
  • 4 Yards 40” Muslin


  • Pneumatic Upholstery Staple Gun (Sailrite or Fasco Suggested Brands)
  • Goose Neck Webbing Stretcher
  • 6” Curved Needle
  • 12” Button Needle
  • Wooden Mallet
  • Wire Cutters
  • 120 ½ Osborne Staple Puller
  • Scissors
  • Industrial Walking Foot Sewing Machine (Juki DNU 1541s was used)
  • Cloth Tape Measure
  • Chalk
  • Marking Pencils
  • 2 Work Horses

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