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Reupholstering a chair may seem intimidating, but even novice DIYers find reupholstering isn't as hard as it sounds. Reupholstering makes old, stained chairs new again. It also allows you to choose colors and patterns that perfectly complement the rest of your decor. Dining room chairs and armchairs are perfect candidates for reupholstering. Once you get started, you'll realize it's not all that complicated.

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1. Don't buy supplies first

For most projects, organization and purchasing all needed supplies in advance is key. But just this once, it's best not to purchase your supplies until you've removed the old upholstery from the chair. To minimize waste, use the old upholstery from the chair as a pattern. Measuring the old fabric and cord or welting lengths after they are removed from the chair helps you determine exactly what is needed when you shop for supplies.

woman measuring chair she is renovating
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