How to Reupholster a Wingback Rocker, Part VII: The Inside Back

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I am really not as slow to reupholster this rocker as it seems, I’m just slow to put up these posts! I want to continue to divide the posts into steps so they are easily found.

  • Step 1: For the inside back of the wingback rocker (the part where your back will lean), I needed to extend the fabric a bit. So I sewed some scrap denim to the bottom of the fabric, the part that would tuck inside the chair and not show.

  • Step 2: Cut “Y” slits into the corners of the fabric so it will easily wrap around the chair posts.

  • Step 3: Place the fabric where it should go, tucking it in behind the chair deck and bringing the top over the back of the chair. Put one staple in to the middle of the back of the fabric so it will hold while you staple the bottom.
  • Step 4: Pull the fabric that has been tucked into the chair deck through the back of the chair, so it drapes over the bottom rail. Staple to the bottom rail. Trim excess fabric, if desired. It can also be tucked back up into the back of the chair.

  • Step 5: Staple the fabric to the chair back just below the padding. Stop stapling at the point where the fabric begins to bunch and you need a pleat. Be careful to watch the padding on the chair back, you don’t want the fabric to be pulled unevenly or too tight.

  • Step 6: Pleat the fabric crisply and staple over the top of the fold as you go. Mine had 3 pleats on each side.

Now your chair should look complete from the front view!


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