Ways To Upholster Windsor Chairs
Windsor chairs are most often made of wood, but reproduction pieces might be made of metal. To make Windsor chairs more comfortable and stylish, try upholstering cushions in your desired fabric. Here are the ways. Firstly, create cushions for the chair. If your style of Windsor chairs already has cushions, remove the existing fabric for reupholstery. To make a new cushion, trace the shape of your chair seat on a piece of butcher paper or muslin cloth. Use this as a pattern by positioning it over a piece of 2-inch upholstery foam. Wrap the foam in cotton batting for extra comfort. Create pattern pieces for each portion of the chair. Fold upholstery fabric in half so it is doubled over, print-side in. Pin your fabric sides together with straight pins. Position your cushion in place over the doubled-over upholstery fabric. Trace around the cushion directly onto the fabric with a pen or pencil. Add 2 inches on all sides for seam allowance. Cut out your pattern from both sides of the fabric. Keep the fabric print-side in so that the underside of the fabric is what’s exposed. Sew along the sides of the traced lines, leaving one side open to slide a cushion in place. Turn the fabric right-side out and slide your cushion inside the fabric. Sew the last side closed.
Attach the cushion to the chair frame. There are several ways to do this. If the cushion has wooden backing, mount it in place to the chair seat with screws. For cushions without wooden backing, tie the cushion in place to the back of the Windsor chairs with fabric ties. To create these strips, cut four pieces of fabric that are 8 to 10 inches long by 2 inches wide. Fold the strips lengthwise, print side in, and sew closed along the longest edge. Use a pencil to turn the fabric strips right-side out and fold the edges over to sew closed. Sew two strips to each back corner of the chair cushion to tie around a chair back spindle.