Make your furniture look like NEW with these easy DIY upholstery tips!
Buying upholstered pieces of furniture can be really expensive with prices ranging from as little as £30 for a dining chair, to as much as £775 for a tight covered 3-seater sofa with 4/6 cushions. Getting a new piece of upholstered furniture or even just having your old pieces reupholstered can be expensive, especially if you do not have the extra money to cover for it. But there is actually a way for you to cut the costs in half, if you manage to do a DIY upholstery or reupholstery project in the comfort of your own home. All you need are the right materials – from fabrics, wood, cushions, and nails, and of course, the right upholstery tools to do the job, and you are good to go for a do it yourself project.
The Only Shop You Need
If you are only a beginner in terms of putting together an upholstered piece of furniture, then something with a straight cut design would most likely fit and suit your skills. It would be easier to do, and the materials would not be hard to come by, especially if you would all of your buying from Heico Direct. They have the convenience of online shopping, with your purchases delivered straight to your doorstep. Not only that, but it is also a one-stop shop where you can buy everything you need to complete your upholstered piece of furniture. The most important thing that you should have in your arsenal when you want to attempt DIY in upholstery projects is your own set upholstery tools that would make it easier for you to get the job done. Of course, these tools along with your chosen fabrics of choice (leather, silk, satin, canvass, cotton, etc.), pieces of wood for the frame, and of course cushions would be your top things to buy before you start with your project.
Tools for Keeps
When you take on an upholstery project on your own, one of the best investments you could make is on the actual tools that you would use not only for one specific project but would also last you for how many more projects in the future. You might think that you could just simply use the tools that you have at home lying around like a pair of scissors, pliers, or wrenches. But that is where you are wrong. Yes, you can opt for the easy way out and use whatever tools you have at home, but it would be a guarantee that you would not be able to make an upholstered piece of furniture as beautiful, as details, as clean, and as durable as the one that you would make given the right tools. This is because these tools are made of course for the sole purpose of upholstery, that is why you would need them to have the best upholstery project experience ever.
One of the most essential tools that you would need when considering a DIY upholstery project are shears that are made specifically for the type of fabric you are using. You cannot simply use any pair that you have at home, especially if you want to deal with more delicate fabrics or even harder materials. There are different kinds of shears available on the market, like the ones to be used primarily for leather which is a heavier type of fabric, and there are also those which are available to be used on more delicate fabrics. There are also snips which would make it easier for you to cut thread with so that you would have a more efficient way of building your upholstered piece of furniture. If you are into reupholstering old pieces of furniture, it is also essential to have a nail and tack remover in your arsenal.
These tools, even though so simple to hear and know about in concept, would allow less wastage of materials, and of course a cleaner output. Having nails, tacks, and staples removers would help you remove the old fabrics attached to the frame that you would use so that neither the frame nor the fabric would be damaged in the process. There are so many different types of upholstery tools you would need to build from your toolbox, but having these essentials along with a basic hammer, mallet, pliers, chalk, adhesives, and safety gear like goggles and aprons is a great place to start.