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Chair Upholstery Singapore


Is your well-used chair now worn-out, with torn covers and uncomfortable, flat cushions?

No, you do not need to spend on a completely new one. To upgrade your old chair into one that looks as good as new, engage a chair upholstery service.

If you desire to change the fabric of your chair or want to replace your current chair that has undergone some wear and tear, then reupholstering the chair is the best and the easiest way to get your chair changed completely to become new. Moreover, if you want to build a custom chair for yourself then generally the upholstery falls into the project cost, and you do not have to pay anything extra for getting the chair upholstered.


Chair Upholstery Repair


Here’s what you can expect when you send your chair for reupholstery:

Step 1: Remove the old fabric
To start off, the upholsterer will use a screwdriver or a pair of pliers to remove the old staplers attaching all layers of your old fabric to your seat. Sometimes, they may use a utility knife to cut through the fabric and foam instead.

Step 2: Make a new base
If the base of your old chair is in bad shape, a new base will have to be created with half-inch plywood. The old base will be traced out to get the dimensions, and the wood will be cut using a jigsaw. This step may be skipped if the upholsterer determines that your seat is still strong and sturdy.

Step 3: Cut and add foam
After tracing the seat’s outline on a new foam, a bread knife will be used to cut out the foam. The upholsterer should use light pressure and short strokes to avoid tearing the foam. To slightly round the sides, they may also cut off the top edges of the foam.

This step may be skipped if your chair is newer, and you do not plan to replace the foam of your chair.

Most modern chairs do not have or require batting or padding, as the foam would be of a higher density and thus sufficiently durable. If your chair requires padding, a new padding will be wrapped around the bottom of your seat by about 2 to 4 inches, and the upholsterer will staple each side to hold the foam in place.

Step 4: Staple down the new fabric
Lastly, while pulling the fabric tightly, the upholster will use a staple gun to staple the fabric to the seat, working from the middle of the sides to the corners of the seat. An assistant will likely be required to help them stapler while they pull the fabric, or vice versa.

During the process, they will also have to make sure that the pattern is running straight, and that the fabric is stretched extremely tightly to ensure that the seat would be wrinkle-free and that cushion remains taut when someone is sitting on it.

There are two methods of attaching your fabric – one is the folding method, which works best for square edges, and the pleating method, which would be better for chairs with rounded edges. While the pleating method creates softer, rounded corners, it is more complicated to execute.

Your chair is now ready to be reassembled by reattaching your reupholstered seat.


Reupholster Chair Cushion Foam

Chair cushion foams come in various shapes, sizes, densities and thicknesses. It is important to know the differences between these variations to choose the perfect foam for your upholstered chair.

High-density foams and medium-density foams may feel the same when you sit on them, but don’t be fooled. The higher the density of the firm, the higher its durability. So, if your chair will be used frequently, go with high-density foam for it to stand the test of time. High-density foams that are above 2.5 pounds (1.13 kg) should be able to last up to 12 years.

On the other hand, a medium-density foam will be sufficient if your chair will only be used occasionally, perhaps in an area in your house with less traffic.

The thickness of the cushion foam can range from 1 inch to 6 inches. If you can’t seem to find a foam thick enough for your comfort, multiple pieces of foam can be layered on top of one another to increase the thickness and sturdiness of your cushion. Foam layers are attached to each other using a spray adhesive.

From bolster foams to wedge foams, upholstery foam can be in different shapes and dimensions, depending on how it best fits your current sofa.

Types of foam:
Worried that your chair placed outdoors would get wet? You can choose an outdoor foam that allows water to flow through them instead of absorbing water like a sponge.

For a more durable and firmed cushion foam and chair, consider the rebond foam, an open-cell foam that provides solid support and holds its shape well. It is commonly used for bar stools and exercise mats.

If you’re looking for foams that are easy to work with for your upholstery projects, sew foam, which has a cloth backing, might be the one for you. Commonly used to make seats for vehicles and boats, it can be sewn to the back of the fabric to create padded upholstery.


Chair Upholstery Fabric

Upholstery fabric can be categorised according to its colour, pattern and type of fabric.

The various fabrics that are used to upholster a chair are broadly classified into two types: Natural and Synthetic fabrics. The fabrics for upholstery that fall under natural fabrics are: linen, leather, cotton, wool, cotton blend, vinyl and silk. The fabrics for upholstery that fall under synthetic fabrics are: acetate, acrylic, nylon, olefin, polyester and rayon.

If you have children or pets in your home, opt for a dark-coloured, water-resistant fabric to avoid obvious food and water stains. Patterned fabrics are also a good idea to hide any stains created.

Practical reasons aside, you should also ensure that the colour and patterns of your chairs match the colours in your room. If the colours of other furniture in your house are warmer, you might want to avoid cooler colours to complement them well.

More technical things to look out for while choosing your upholstery fabric include its weight, drape, weave and double rubs. If the fabric is thin, translucent and its weaves are loose, it’s not suitable for chair upholstery, as they are more suitable for pillows and drapes. Fabrics with embroidery are also not recommended as they may not be strong enough to withstand heavier weight.

You can determine the durability of the fabric by checking its double rubs. Double rubs measure how much the fabric can resist abrasion, and one back and forth motion counts as one double rub. For most upholstery projects, it is recommended that the fabric has at least 15,000 double rubs.


Chair upholstery cost

The first thing that is considered is the type of the chair that has been brought to upholster. Bigger the chair brought to upholster, more is the cost. Next is the fabric that you want to put onto your chair. There are a huge range of fabrics with different durability, longevity, colour or texture.  Better the quality and texture of the fabric, more is the price of upholstering. The condition of the chair when it is taken to be upholstered is also important as it helps to gauge what the repairing and reupholstering costs might turn out to be.


Chair Upholstery Service

If you’re thinking of giving your chairs a new look, get your old ones repaired by engaging a professional to reupholster your chair seats. From changing its fabric to replacing the foam, reupholstering can help you preserve your chair’s life, save money, and refresh the look of your home!

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