This comprehensive guide to furniture upholstery covers everything from the very basic techniques for beginner's right up to advanced techniques for a professional-looking finish.
It explores how to choose second hand pieces of furniture and flea market bargains and turn them into beautiful pieces of furniture to be proud of. Easy-to-follow, illustrated instructions explain all the essential upholstery techniques, including covering buttons to stripping and upholstering entire chairs.
Includes advice on choosing the right materials and tools for the job as well as estimating yardage and more complex upholstering techniques. There is also information on choosing second hand furniture: recognising what's fixable and how to avoid costly mistakes by choosing the right stitches, techniques and textiles for the job.
Webbings and springs
Stuffings, fillings and foam
Coverings and linings
Working a sprung edge
Preparing a hessian base
Stitching an edge
Planning your fabric cuts
Attaching new coverings
Making single and double piping
Finishing the chair
Close nailing and adding a nail strip Types of Furniture
About the Author
Cherry Dobson has been teaching upholstery techniques for over 20 years and holds a distinction in Furniture Advanced Studies from the London Guildhall University. As well as writing, Cherry also teaches and runs both day and residential courses in furniture upholstery.