Reupholstering Your Side Chairs With Wood Arms
A side chair classically included in dining room sets, although there are many other uses for side chairs. You can reupholster side chairs even if they have obtrusive wooden arms to refresh their appearance or get new life out of an old chair. The process for reupholstering a side chair with arms first involves removing the seat pad and backing pad, if possible. After you remove the pads from the chair you can remove the old fabric, wrap the refreshed pads with new fabric, and affix the fabric with tacks or adhesive. Then you reinstall the refreshed pads to the chair. While the pads are off you can also refinish the chair’s wooden arms and frame with paint or stain. If the pads aren’t removable, carefully stretch fabric over the pads after removing the existing upholstery. Work around the wood arms where they meet the seating surface by cutting a small slit in the fabric if necessary. Secure the fabric below the seat and behind the seat back with tacks or glue. Reupholstering a chair makes use of a limited number of materials. The fabric you use to reupholster a side chair with wooden arms can be cotton, nylon, vinyl, leather or a soft synthetic fabric such as microfiber.
Some side chairs with wood arms feature upholstered arms with fabric pads. You may reupholster these arm pads using the same process as the rest of the chair. Arm pads typically match the upholstery on the seat and back, but you may choose a different material for a custom look. If you can’t remove the arm pads, securing the fabric to the underside of the arms should be simple since tacks and glue work well on wooden surfaces.