How to restore an old armchair beautifully
The quickest way to solve the issue of changing the interior is by arranging a “dressing-up” of the room. They hang new curtains on the windows, cover the bed with another blanket, put covers sewn to the color of the curtains on the chairs, change the upholstery of the furniture and the room becomes unrecognizable.
More difficult is the issue of restoring the chair. This requires some knowledge, experience. But you can do this work with your own hands, especially if there is a desire.
Pursuing a chair, make a global or fragmented reconstruction. Most often, the upholstery is changed; sometimes it is necessary to replace the springs, soft parts on the seat, back.
Having decided to restore the chair, they stock up: foam rubber, jute tows, synthetic winterizer, any coarse fabric for the template, burlap, soft upholstery fabric (for example, velvet), batting, furniture buttons, staples for hidden paneling, scissors, aerosol glue, needle, thread , tailor chalk, knife, furniture gun.
The problem with the springs is solved by jute tows made of fibers and close in characteristics to the rope. The springs are removed, and in the plane of the seat, between the edges, staggered strips of strings are placed; the edges are attached with a furniture gun to the frame, on its back.
Three-layer soft packing is arranged: foam rubber, burlap, synthetic winterizer. A template is made of fabric: it is applied to the frame, outlined with chalk on the edges and cut out.
Using the prepared template, cut the blanks from foam rubber, burlap (two pieces), synthetic winterizer (two pieces). One of the latter is arranged with a margin of 5 ... 10 cm.
Burlap blanks cover the jute base on both sides. From above they close with a synthetic winterizer blank, on which foam rubber is laid. The entire structure is closed with a synthetic winterizer (a larger workpiece), wrap its edges down and attach to the frame. All layers are joined together by gluing with aerosol glue.
A template is cut out of the fabric for the skin. Its dimensions should cover the surface of the seat, wrap a soft "pie" and go to the back of the chair frame. Wrap the front edge of the workpiece, grab its edges with a furniture gun. Then, just pulling the fabric, do it with the opposite side. Further, all repeat around. At first, grabbing is done at large intervals. After they are reduced, pressing simultaneously to the frame folds of tissue.
Everything ends with the formation of the corners of the casing and fastening them to the back of the frame. When they are added, the investment method is used.
Having finished with the seat, they begin to restore the back of the chair. Upholstery is done according to the type of capiton stitch, in which deep-seated furniture buttons are used that are fitted with fabric.
Inside the frame is filled with jute tows, as was done during restoration of the seat. They are closed on both sides with burlap, the edges of which are attached to the frame. Cut the foam blank, adjust it so that it fits perfectly to the frame.
Holes are cut in the foam rubber, into which the legs of furniture buttons and screws will later be inserted. Foam rubber is glued with aerosol glue to the burlap, the batting made of batting of the same shape and size is glued on top. They make holes in it coaxial with those that are in the synthetic winterizer.
The whole "cake" is tightened (put on glue) with a blank of thin synthetic winterizer, the edges of which are shot to the frame with a pistol. Excess pieces of synthetic winterizer are cut with scissors.
Make a blank of upholstery fabric for the back with a margin. On the wrong side of it, the same holes are marked and cut out that were made in synthetic winterizer and batting. Cover it with the front surface of the back, insert buttons into the holes. The fabric is pulled, its edges are attached with a gun from the back of the frame. Surplus cut off.
Finish everything by making a blank from the fabric, which covers the back from the back. It is attached to the frame of the chair with furniture studs or special “gripping brackets”.