How To Recover An Antique Victorian Chair

Need to know how to recover an antique Victorian chair? If the cute Antique Victorian chair that you inherited from grandma or purchase from your local vintage shop needs a face lift than you will find that your fabric choices are limitless in designs and textures, but to begin the recovering process of your Antique chair you will need to start with the frame of the chair to insure the quality and sturdiness of the wood frame. Check for cracks in the chair and make sure the joints in the frame are tight and secure. After determine that the wood frame of your chair is in good condition for recovering the fun begin. The process is easy providing you have the tools and Fabrics to recover your Victorian chair, which can be purchase at your local fabric store and craft supply stores.  Deciding to recover you Victorian chair will give you the chance to not only choose your own fabrics and save money but also to express you own creativity. Below are steps on how to recover a Victorian antique dining chair.

Things you'll need:

  • Victorian chair
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Scissors
  • Cotton batting
  • A durable fabric
  • screw driver
  1. Choose a fabric that is a good upholstery quality and durable for everyday use.  Make sure your fabric express your taste and match the room that it will be in. You can purchase quality fabrics at your local fabric shop or on the Internet.
  2. Remove the seat cushion from the chair frame by unscrewing the screws that are located under the seat of your chair. Remove the staplers from the fabric with your needle noise pliers being careful not to stick yourself with a stapler. Now remove the old fabric and the batting if it is old and falling apart.
  3. Use the wood seat frame as your template, lay the wood frame on your fabric. Have your fabric wrong side up. Cut your fabric adding 2 or 3 inches all around. Add new batting by laying the seat board on top of batting. pull the batting tight over the bottom of the seat starting at the sides. Staple the batting with your stapler gun on all sides and trim off excess batting.
  4. Put the seat board on the fabric with the wrong side of fabric facing up and the batting face down on the fabric. Pull the fabric tightly beginning with the sides of the chair. Begin stapling from the center outward. Staple all four sides and trim off excess fabric.
  5. Put seat on chair frame and screw back into place.


  • Wood frames that are considered quality in antique chairs are Oak, Maple, Ash, Alder, and Mahogany.
  •  Some old chairs are stuff with horsehair. It can be reused if your chair is not lumpy.
  • To check your chair for loose joints place on the floor and move around. If you notice a loose joint tighten it with a screw driver then add wood glue and allow to dry.
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