I’m sure we’ve all had furniture starting to show signs of wear and tear. May it be your end table or sofa, it just doesn’t scream new and modern anymore. One of the best ways to keep it from wearing out, even more, is through reupholstering it, especially when it still works efficiently and without a problem. If you want to know how to reupholster a recliner, then it’s pretty easy and would save you big bucks.
BUT, you’ll need to make sure that you follow a good set of instructions. So read on as I show you how to reupholster a recliner and other things you need to learn about this fun piece of furniture.
What is a Recliner?
These pieces of furniture are also called armchairs or sofas, known as recliners because you can easily adjust it to your comfort. You can recline it to an angle for relaxation, even raising the front to lift your legs. You can either extend and adjust its position through a lever, or with a remote control (which are new features of modern recliners).
These recliners are ideal for people who want to relax in the living area, used for sleeping or resting without the discomfort. Some even come with other features such as tray tables and drink holders for a cinematic experience.
Why Upholster a Recliner?
What does reupholstery mean in the first place?
It’s not a major surgery to your furniture, but to strip down the furniture until only the frame is left. Then, it will be rebuilt with different material or design. It’s not only perfect for repairing your recliner’s condition, but it can also change its overall look to match your home’s interior design.
While reupholstery can be quite expensive, you’ll save money when reupholstering a recliner. Plus, it also helps you enhance your DIY skills while beautifying your furniture and home.
It will lake a bit of tie and effort when reupholstering your recliner, depending on the design you’ll want. On average, it takes about $500 to $700. Again, it depends on the materials you purchase.
How to Reupholster a Recliner
If you want to reupholster your recliner chair and give it a fresh, new look, here’s a step-by-step procedure on how to do so.
But before that, you’ll need to prepare the following:
- Flat head screwdriver
- Upholstery Tack Strip or Cardboard Tape
- Metal Tack Strips (also found in your recliner so that you can reuse it)
- Upholstery Pneumatic Stapler with an air compressor (just a small one will do)
- Piping (which you can reuse from the recliner or couch)
- New pattern (you can use either fabric or leather for your recliner)
- Upholstery Needle (curved) and thread (heavyweight)
- Fabric Glue
The whole reupholstery project will take about a week on average, depending on the amount of time you put into it. As for the costs, it will be based on the tools you purchased (or already have), as well as the type of patterns you buy.
Here are the steps to follow to reupholster your recliner:
1. Measure Out Patterns
Make sure to take the accurate measurements to cut out the patterns for easy stitching. Label the different parts of the recliner to know how you can reassemble the recliner and what fabric cut to use it with.
2. Pull Out the Bottom Half of the Recliner
You will need to remove the lever under the recliner, unscrewing it then pulling it off. Start seam ripping the seat cushions. Take photos, so you know how to reassemble it the frame again after seam ripping the material from the parts of your recliner.
3. Lay Out Pattern and Start Sewing
Apply fabric glue to your design and put it on its respective area of the recliner. This will help keep the fabric down and avoid it from moving around.
Begin stitching your fabric onto the recliner. Make sure that the stitches are large and spaced, still securing the pattern to your seat. You can use the pliers to push and pull the thread for it to go through the seat properly.
Once all of the parts of your recliner have a new pattern and are relatively sewed together, use the photos you took earlier so you can correctly assemble the recliner again. Make sure to tightly screw on all the parts to avoid it from breaking. You may need help for this, or you can refer to the instruction manual of your recliner (if it came with one).
And you’re done! You’ve got a whole new recliner to use.
Tips on Maintaining Your Recliner’s Construction
After reupholstering your recliner, what are the thongs you can do to maintain its condition and avoid it from damaging too soon? Here are some tips you can follow to keep your recliner properly:
- Recliners are usually made out of leather, so use the proper leather cleaning product to maintain the leather finish.
- Avoid using household cleaners or acetone when cleaning stains from your recliner, since they can damage its material. Use water and soap when blotting the stain away.
- Dust and wipe body oils and stains from your recliner at least once a week. Use a soft cloth and leather finish to keep it glowing.
- Condition your recliner with a leather cleaner at least twice a year, especially if a lot of people use the recliner.
When it comes to maintaining your furniture, you may want to learn how to reupholster a recliner to retain its condition and have it last for years to come. Not only can it help save money, but you improve your skills as a handyman as well!
I hope this article showed you an easy way on how to reupholster a recliner. Now that you know what you can do to maintain your furniture’s condition make some time and follow these steps today!
If you have any questions or would like to share your experiences on reupholstery, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.