Things To Know Before Starting a Vinyl Reupholstery Project

With just a few supplies, you can reupholster a piece of furniture using vinyl fabric pretty quickly. Many people choose vinyl for its ease of maintenance, ability to look like leather without the high price tag, and an array of color choices. It doesn’t crack or scratch easily and wipes clean with just a damp cloth. Let’s discuss a few things to know before starting a vinyl reupholstery project.

Supplies You’ll Need

Before you get started, have supplies at the ready, so you can avoid searching frantically when you need them. Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

  • Vinyl fabric
  • Batting or foam
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Hammer

Not so bad! Just a few supplies for a simple reupholstery job.

Remove the Old Fabric and Cushion

Off with the old and in with the new. First thing’s first: remove the old fabric from the item you are reupholstering.

This is easiest to do by flipping the furniture upside down and unscrewing the seat (if necessary). Next, using a flathead screwdriver or the claw of a hammer, remove any staples or nails. The fabric and old batting or foam should come off easily.

Replace With New Vinyl Fabric

Measure enough foam or batting to fit the seat and cut accordingly. Place the new cushion on top of the seat.

Now measure enough vinyl fabric to cover the entire seat and cushion, allowing about four to six inches of overhang on each side. Using the staple gun, staple the excess material to the underside of the furniture. Flip the seat upside down to do this, but hold the new cushion in place so it also gets covered. Pull taught while stapling.

Sometimes the underside might look a little messy. This doesn’t mean you did it wrong. It’s just the underside; no one will see it. That’s the beauty of reupholstery.

If you’re adding any extra details, such as grommets, use your hammer to pound those in as the final step.

In conclusion, there are only a few things to know before starting a vinyl reupholstery project. Gather your supplies, remove the old fabric and cushion, and then apply the new. Voila! You’ve got a brand-new piece of furniture with easy-to-maintain vinyl fabric.

At All Vinyl Fabrics, we pride ourselves in providing the best customer service along with the best products for all of your vinyl upholstery fabric and project needs. Contact us, and let’s get your questions about vinyl fabric answered.

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