Wingback chairs are a favorite reupholstery project piece for many do it yourselfers. They have a classic, yet versatile design, and when they are reupholstered, they can take on a completely different look that can’t be found in a store.
Although they often have curves and intricacies that can make adding new fabric difficult, wingback chair reupholstery is a project many first timers are able to handle.
Getting your measurements right is a key part of the process of recovering a wingback chair. You’ll want to make sure you have enough fabric to fully cover the chair.
This method requires you to measure each chair piece with the old fabric still on. While you have the option to keep the old fabric and simply cover over it with this method, it is recommended that you remove the fabric and start fresh once you’ve gotten your measurements.
Another option is to remove the old fabric pieces, then use them as a pattern for your new fabric. This method doesn’t really require any measuring at all, just tracing. However, it requires that you have new fabric ready to trace, which may be a problem if you’re not sure how much you need before measuring.
In general, a wingback chair will need about seven and a half yards of fabric to be fully reupholstered. However, you should carefully compare your measurements to that of the fabric. Keep in mind that fabric may come in different widths, and that you may want to turn it one way or another to accomodate patterns.