How to Reupholster a Wingback Rocker, Part VIII: Outside Arms & Wings

<<Part VII: The Inside Back

Here I am, back from Christmas  with another few steps on my wingback chair. My chair had plywood fit into the gap on the outside wing, which saved me some webbing and lining fabric.

Step 1: Thanks to my jumping the gun on webbing, I had to re-web the outside arm (for instructions on webbing, see this post).

Step 2: After the webbing was in place, cut lining fabric and staple it over the webbing and other gaps, making sure to pull it taut.

Step 3: Cut thin layers of batting to size and use only a few staples to put these into place over the lining.

Step 4: Staple the welting along the back/outside wings. Cut the outside wing fabric to size and stapled the fabric to the welting. For me this was a trick at times since I didn’t have flexible metal tacking, which I would recommend for the curves that need stapling.

Step 5: Staple welting from front arm panel securely to the side of the arm.

Step 6: Place cardboard strip along the base of the arm roll. Push it as far up as possible to hide the lining and batting.

Step 7: Staple the cardboard strip into place.

When you pull the fabric down, the outside arm should look like this:

Step 8: Cut tacking strip (I used a cardboard tacking strip) to size, and place it tacks up beside the rail. It might take a few times to place it correctly. Pull the fabric down over the tacking strip, pushing the staples through. Flip the tacking strip over and make sure it is straight and all looks good. Then pound in using a rubber mallet. Be sure to go with the rubber as opposed to a regular hammer which will break down the fabric over the tacks. Repeat for the other side.

Step 9: Staple the fabric securely along the bottom of the chair.


I forgot to take a photo of the completed side, so the photo below is a current one with the rockers reattached.



  1. Posted January 3, 2011 at 10:27 am | Permalink | Reply

    Very impressed with your work, Sarah!

    • Posted January 3, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Brianne! It was a great learning experience.

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