Reupholstering A Chair: Five Great Effects To Try

Reupholstering can take an old piece of furniture from "no" to "woah." Old, worn chairs and couches can look brand new after reupholstering, and boring furniture can become the perfect addition to your home decor. Whether you'll be doing it yourself or seeking the help of a professional, the possibilities for different patterns, designs and effects are nearly limitless. If you've found a chair with the perfect "bones" but old and worn upholstery, here are six effects you can try to bring it back to life.

1. Choose a different fabric

Reupholstering an old and worn chair with new fabric can make it unrecognizable. When you're choosing the new fabric, don't be afraid to choose a bright or boldly patterned fabric—this can add a punch to your home decor, making it look bright and fresh. You can even experiment with atypical fabrics such as burlap and silk to match the job to your personal style. 

2. Tufting

Tufting, or gathering, can add shape, structure and flair to the back of an upholstered chair. Even if you're not prepared to reupholster a whole piece, tufting can be easily added to the original upholstery of an old chair or cushion for a fresh new look.

3. Nailhead trim

Nailhead trim adds a metallic studded edge to seams and edges. It offers an opportunity to add a little class to your finished product and often reads as more classic and masculine. Studs and nailhead trim come in many different sizes, colors and styles and can be used to accent certain areas and compliment the overall design aesthetic of the chair. Nailhead trim is also very easy to add to an existing piece of furniture for a more finished look.

4. Refinishing and painting exposed wood

Don't underestimate how big of a difference refinishing exposed wood can make on antique chairs. Refinishing wood can add a warm classic or natural feeling to a space, while painting over exposed wood can brighten the piece and make it feel more modern.

5. Piping

Piping is the edging fabric that lines the arm and cushion corners of some upholstered chairs. A complementing color will make the edges of your chair look clean and straight, or for an edgy look, you can use contrasting piping to spice up your interior decorating. 

A little creativity and vision can go a long way when you're reupholstering an old chair. Look around online for more information and ideas that will spark your creativity. Try some of these techniques and you might not even recognize the finished product.