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Monthly Archives: April 2019

  • How To Replace The Webbing On A Chair


    Do you have a favourite chair that has recently lost the support under its cushion? Replacing the webbing on your chair is a great way to bring it back to life when it’s unable to be used, as well as ensuring it continues to provide support and comfort to the user.

    There’s no need to throw away your old, loved chair when you can mend it!



    Finding Your Webbing


    Before you start mending the webbing of your chair, you’ll need to remove the cushions to get a clear idea of how the chair has been webbed previously and what the best webbing to use is. Once you know what sort of webbing you’ll need why not peruse through our selection of webbing and tools to find the best for you?


    Top Tip: Don’t forget to order tacks to hold the webbing in place!


    The First Step

    When you come to re-web your chair, make sure to take a picture of what the webbing looks like before you remove it. You don’t want to do all that hard work just to find that its not how it should be!

    Once the old webbing has been removed you can finally begin to bring new life to your beloved chair.


    Let The Webbing Begin


    Step 1 - Fix the webbing to the first side of the frame, ensuring that your tacks are not fixed in a straight line otherwise this may cause the wood to split.


    Step 2 - Try using an M or W formation. When fixing the two tacks on the outer edges try to get them as close to the edge as possible as this will make sure that the webbing is as taught at the edges as it is in the middle.


    Step 3 - Now bring the webbing across to the other side of your chair frame, securing good, even tension. To keep this tension, fix your first tack in the middle, before placing the next two tacks on the very edges. Maintain the tension whilst doing this.


    Step 4 - To finish off your first piece of webbing, cut the webbing from your roll allowing a turn over of about 30 to 40mm and place the last two tacks as if finishing off the M or W pattern you began with the first three.


    Then repeat over the rest of your chair until all your webbing has been done.


    A simple but effective way to rescue your favourite chair, eliminating the need to throw it away! If you would like further advice, please contact our team on 01691 624023.

  • How to Reupholster a headboard

    Reupholstering your headboard is an easy and effective way to give your bedroom a  refresh. Perhaps you have recently redecorated and would like your headboard to complement the new décor or you would like to make the headboard the focal point of the room. If this sounds like you, follow our steps below to learn how to reupholster a headboard.



    Step 1 - Choose your fabric


    There’s a lot to think about when choosing the perfect fabric for your headboard. You want to go for a fabric that reflects the décor of your bedroom such as matching your curtain fabric or an upholstered chair. You should also choose a soft fabric that is durable and easy to clean (especially if you have little ones in the house). Fabrics that look great on a headboard include leather, suede, cotton or polyester.

    We have a large selection of fabric in a variety of colours and textures, take a look at our fabrics page for inspiration.



    Step 2 - Remove headboard fabric 


    Remove the headboard from your bed or wall - the headboard should be easy to remove by undoing the screws. Once removed, you will need to take off the current fabric using a staple remover.


    Step 3 - Measure, cut and attach padding to headboard


    Next, measure the padding for the headboard. Our furniture foam can be cut to any size, shape and thickness, making it ideal for padding your headboard. Once measured to size, cut and attach using a staple gun.


    Step 4 - Measure, cut and attach fabric to headboard


    An easy way to measure your new fabric is to use the previous material as a pattern. Simply lay the original fabric onto the new fabric and cut around it using fabric scissors, making sure you leave enough room for the fabric to be pulled behind the board and stapled.

    If you damaged the original fabric when removing it from the headboard, don’t worry, you can still measure your new fabric to fit. Just measure the size of the headboard, leaving around six inches to overlap onto the back. Mark the fabric with tailors chalk or fabric markers to ensure you cut straight lines.

    Attach the cut fabric to the headboard using a staple gun. The easiest way to do this is to lay the headboard on top of the fabric and pull the fabric tight and staple the fabric into place at the back of the headboard.



    Step 5 - Refasten headboard back on the wall or bed


     When you are happy with look of your headboard attach it back onto the wall or bed using the same screws as before.

    Ta-da! You now have a reupholstered headboard!


    Tools you


    Staple remover

    Furniture foam

    Staple gun


    Fabric scissors

    Tailors chalk or fabric marker

    Measuring tape


    We hope these steps have helped you reupholster your headboard. If you would further advice, please contact our team on 01691 624023.

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