How to Reupholster Furniture 

The idea of reupholstering your furniture yourself can be more than a little intimidating, but it really doesn’t have to be. With just a little guidance and practice you’ll be able to reupholster your furniture all by yourself, making sure that it always looks its best while saving more than a little money on the side. 

Before you commit to reupholstering one of your bigger pieces of furniture or something like a feature chair, it is well worth working on a practice piece of furniture. This should be something that you are happy to reupholster over and over again, and that won’t be too sorely missed if you make a mistake and have to start again. 


It might be a surprise to hear that you don’t really need any specialist tools to reupholster your furniture. All you really need is: 

  • Hammer 
  • Screwdriver 
  • Pliers 
  • Sharp Scissors 
  • Staple Gun (automatic will be much safer, easier and accurate for upholstery) 
  • That’s it! 

You’ll be able to do each step of the reupholstery process with just these tools, so don’t worry about having to go out and pick up anything exotic. 


When choosing the material that you’d like to use for your reupholstery you should prioritise materials which are easy to work with, look good and suitable for use on furniture. Most stores will have details about what their materials can be used on, but if you’re in any doubt ask for help or look online for advice. 

For your first reupholstery project, I recommend using simple dress-weight cotton material which you can pick up inexpensively. Try and pick up more than you think you will need so that you can deal with any mistakes. Once you’ve had some practice with this basic material, you can then move on to something more attractive and of higher quality. 


There are lots of tips and tricks to reupholstering furniture that will make the process much easier for you and give you even better results. I’d suggest giving the short video below a watch for some really handy advice that will save you time and make your reupholstery project that little bit better. 

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