This is truly a DIY made-from-scratch wingback chair. When making a chair frame that will be upholstered, you have to keep in mind how the foam/batting/fabric will wrap around the frame, and where it will be stapled. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is a necessary took if you’re going to use jute webbing, because there’s no way to stretch it tight enough by hand. I think she has the porter-cable stapler – HOWEVER, I am disappointed to find out that the recommended set does NOT have the proper stapler for upholstery after spending $200! The bottom where the wing fabric meets the arm fabric is just folded under, and the fabric is shoved into the stretcher post and stapled into place on the back. Copyright 2007-2019 - Kristi Linauer, LLC. So I can only be out there about 45 minutes at a time before I have to come in and cool off. I can’t wait to see how this turns out. Here’s a look at the outside of the arm with the fabric stapled into place and trimmed. add to cart. Incredible! I used more of the 2.25″-wide lumber that I had ripped for the top piece and then used a full 2″ x 6″ piece for the side. I avoid geometry at all costs, so I just tested out some different angles to see what would work. Could you try it sometime, Kristi? And finally, the fabric, which is also tucked into the stretchers, and stapled into place. I’ve wanted 2 wingback chairs for our dining table and now with your pics and instructions…..I just think I could also do this. To see how I upholstered this chair, you can see Part 1 here. Is there anything you can’t do? I don’t know that I would ever take on such a huge job. Introduction A seat like this is usually called a "porch swing," and a porch certainly is a good location for it. But gosh, I wonder how many 100’s of $s it would cost to have a chair custom built like the one you’re making. After gluing/nailing/screwing those pieces together at a 90-degree angle, I attached them to the DIY chair frame using pocket screws. I would like to point something, with only good intentions. For the front legs, I wanted them to be 2.25″ square, so I cut two lengths of 2″ x 6″ lumber for each DIY chair (FYI, 2″ lumber is actually only 1.5″ thick), glued the two pieces together, and clamped them until they dried. Can’t wait to see this finished. How to Date Old Chairs. I trimmed off all of the excess foam, batting, and fabric, and then stapled everything so that it was all contained within the framing of the chair. So in the end, each corner support was attached with wood glue, four nails, and three screws. And if that’s clear as mud, it should be much clearer when I actually get started on the upholstery. Your instruction are so easy to follow and you make it look so easy. I’m still leaning that direction. You are incredibly talented to think, design and make your own wingback chairs. (I’ve started so many comments with WOW, that I had to come up with something different, LOL) You are truly a Renaissance woman! Now on the front of the arm/seat area, I pushed the seat foam/batting/fabric aside and stapled the arm foam around the edge and at the bottom. His hands moved so fast, he was difficult to follow. The one at Joann Fabrics looks like this, and has instructions on the back of the package. has done some damage that now limits me. This is the second part of our Juvenal wing chair build. Having that other dining chair right there to use as a template throughout this building process really made the whole thing much easier. I am sure you will feel a great sense of accomplishment completing this project!!! So that’s my progress so far. Jan 3, 2017 - DIY Wingback Dining Chair - How To Upholster The Frame (Part 1) I did end up using one screw between the nails on each side of each corner support, but I failed to get a picture of that. You certainly don’t need a lot of strength to use it. . Might help you to have air moving in the garage. I can’t wait to see the finished chair! And a hundred more exclamation points. I’ll be doing that process on my other dining chairs, so if that doesn’t make sense now, it should make sense soon. Springs can be purchased at upholstery supply shops. I just looked at the wingback chair I had, the dining room chair I had, and that photo linked above, made a few adjustments, and went from there. . I can’t belive you, petite woman did it yourself! Did you learn how to make that chair from a book or website or did you actually reverse engineer this upholstered armchair? It is going to look great. I don’t seem to have all the skills you have (funny how that works, huh?) Looking really good!! It’s funny the things a person can learn when reading a blog. How did that work out? Repair the Padding of the Chair. Front Porch & Exterior Makeover (In Progress), Dining Room Crown Molding Progress, Problems & Solutions. Have you considered opening the garage door to your house and blowing cold air into the garage with your fan? Is there ANYTHING you won’t try to build? Interesting article, but I wonder…did a cat walk across your keyboard as you were typing the subject header? While those dried, I finished assembling the back of the DIY chair. Open in Google Maps Saved by Danielle Gipson. But a hanging seat can go just about anywhere; unlike a chair… And I thought HE was good when he curved the legs of the benches so they would fit in the space better. Those were covered with 1-inch foam, adhered in place with spray adhesive, and tucked into the stretcher rail on the arm and the stretcher post on the back. The horizontal pieces are called “stretcher rails” and the vertical pieces are called “stretcher posts.” So inside the framing on the back of the chair, I added a stretcher rail along the bottom, and then a stretcher post on each side. I'm not making a chair here. I can’t make up my mind what I want. I made the top piece by cutting a piece of 2″ x 6″ lumber to 19.5″ wide. I then used that piece as a template to trace three more pieces (since I’m making two chairs). OMG! Redesigning and making over the Eiffel Tower?! Sometimes building a new chair from scratch may not be the best solution, even if it might solve the problem. This design mounts to a bed frame of your choice: just be sure to have a screwdriver on hand. My years of retail on concrete floors and outdoors at a garden center lifting 40 lb. There are many designs and shapes you could choose from, so we recommend you to study the alternatives before starting the actual construction (wooden fort, playhouse). But for now, I’m just relieved to have the basic frame done, and to see that it actually looks like a chair! The Best Wingback Chair Frame Plans Ebay Free Download PDF And Video. It is a mortise and tenon joint that almost looks like several dowels joined together side by side.ive used it several times and it’s a super fast method of reliable joinery.Also, i would consider adding some horizontal blocking in the wings for stability. Then back to the seat, I added a piece of 1/2-inch foam over the top, glued into place with spray adhesive. Do you use anything bigger? I also added jute webbing to the inside of the arms. I have a six-gallon pancake Porter Cable air compressor that I use for all of my pneumatic tools. This was the hardest part. You can see that on each piece, I just drilled right through the outside of the side support and into the ends of the cross pieces. vanguard furniture unfinished rosette wing chair frame. My father (carpenter) would love you for a daughter….lol.. Now that’s it !!!! WOW….your fearlessness inspires me to take small steps toward my construction goals…This senior citizen is in awe of your talent…Soar on. At least 20 other people posted having the same problem and finding it difficult to find something that could get the rubber off, without damaging the floors. I found that cutting the ends of the side seat supports at 2.5 degrees worked perfectly to give that ever-so-slight angle to the seat so that it was just a tad bit higher in front and angled down towards the back. Copyright 2007-2019 - Kristi Linauer, LLC. . As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). Addicted 2 Decorating is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Good for you. I think I would have been throwing a tantrum too. And then using a separate piece of fabric, I covered the wing. For instance, I didn’t know that jute at JoAnn’s was for webbing in a chair. I cut one of them to 19.5″ long to use for the bottom support. Oh ok. Didn’t realize they were the arm chairs. I pre-drill ALL of my holes when building stuff like this. I would have never thought about building my own chair- great job!! It was somewhere around 16.5 inches from the bottom. You are doing an amazing job Kristi and in the Texas heat too!!! Can’t wait to see the finished chairs. Okay, lady, you are amazing! Show me a picture of a fully upholstered couch frame like mine with mortise and tenon on every joint. For big projects, like spraying walls and such, I use the Wagner Flexio 590. I got the basic frame built for one of the chairs yesterday. What wood did you use for the frame? This job definitely requires patience, and with the heat I don’t know how you can “keep your cool”! Just wondering – have you finished refinishing the table ? Could you just sink them in and plug/putty over? Front Porch & Exterior Makeover (In Progress), click here to see the second and final part of this project, Finished Bathroom Artwork & Dining Room Rug Indecision. Since it was a holiday weekend, I decided not to pressure myself to get the entire wingback dining chair upholstered. JR Wing Swivel Desk Chair Frame . And then I used my jigsaw to cut out the back legs. Who does this? 80. I’m taking the plunge to build my own chairs following this tutorial! Just a note about the seat. It’s cheap, easy, and makes really strong joints ideal for chairs. Just a note about the side seat supports: I used the other dining chair to get all of the measurements, like the seat height, front leg length, etc. I often document my work at www.dovetailsandales.blogspot.com Sign up for eletters today and get the latest techniques and how-to from Fine Woodworking, plus special offers. Phew, it’s HOT. Those are the ones that are currently flanking the buffet. And on top of that, I adhered a piece of high-loft polyester batting. WOW! After seeing how much seamstresses charge ($400 and up) to have a custom made slip cover for a wing-back chair, I decided to look up instructions to see how to do it myself and I’m so glad I came across your tutorial. I know you are not a carpenter (neither am I), and I know that these are good for start, but it is a pity to work hard on these two chairs and have them fail in a few years if heavier people sit on them. Two areas I really concentrated on lining up correctly were (1) the very bottom (i.e., “foot”) on the leg. Amazing! So annoying to know I can do these things in my head, but not in reality! Okay, who are you? I would be throwing things and cussing like a sailor! Oh, it’s Thursday. They run around $100 but you can get coupons for 20-25% off. Run a line of pins down the corner where the seam should go, remove the pins that are holding the fabric to the chair and sew the two side seams. Thank God you only have to make one more form scratch. I can’t believe the things you do! Feb 6, 2019 - DIY Wingback Dining Chair - How To Upholster The Frame (Part 1) This is such a great tutorial. Money for more projects. I cut out that design with my jigsaw, and before attaching it, used this piece as a template to trace the design onto the other three pieces. Good luck! This is soooooo splendid! You are fearless. I attached those side seat supports to the back side supports using pocket screws and wood glue, and then attached the front legs by screwing 2.5″ wood screws straight through the front of the legs and into the ends of the side seat support pieces. So at the end of the last post, I had a frame that looked like this… Before I could get started with the upholstery, the chair needed a bit more framing that the foam, batting, and fabric could wrap around. it looks amazing, exactly what I have to come to expect from you! I … I have always thought it would be fun to be a skilled furniture maker and work for some really classy furniture company like Hardin or Ethan Allen or something like that. And on the top, I wrapped and stapled just like I did on the arms/wings. I bought it at Home Depot, and I love it! Wow. Please help by providing the names/numbers/sizes of staples you are using. Next, I prepared the framing for the wings. FREG-C-SW Regency Carver Swivel Desk Chair Frame F5STAR-ACTION You just made a chair from scratch . I started by cutting a piece of 2-inch foam to fit inside the seat area, and gluing it into place using spray adhesive. Are you building both at the same time or doing one at a time ? Bravo on all you do! Cut a loooooong piece of twine, maybe four times as long as the chair frame plus a bunch extra. Then I ripped several pieces of 2″ x 6″ lumber down to 2.25″ wide to use for the seat supports. I like your fabric Kristi. It has been a wonderful experience for me to have had the opportunity to serve the Guild in this role for the past two years. Congratulations! I have a box fan set up, but it’s not doing much good. FCAPT-LEGS Captain’s on Legs Desk Chair Frame. Brackets were added to support wings because the wings innevitably become loose on these chairs. Incredible. 16.5 or 17 inches would have been preferable. She wouldn’t be the first! I'm a DIY fanatic remodeling my way through our 1948 fixer upper.More About Kristi. Look for a 1/4-inch-thick upholstered plate that follows the contour of the arm on the front. Right now, I have nothing that the foam/batting/fabric can be stapled to where the chair back meets the chair seat, and I also don’t have anything to wrap the inside arm foam/batting/fabric around and staple to where the bottom inside of the arm meets the chair seat. I’m not sure if it goes as far north as Waco but your chairs aren’t worth heat stroke! Kristi, you are so creative and energetic! I scored a wing back chair on the side of the road in desperate need of an update - here's my refashionista version of how to reupholster a wing back chair Helena Nieman Reupholster Chair Redo Diy Chair Chair Fabric Redo Chairs Diy Desk Chair Cushions Bag Chairs Swivel Chair Chaise Floral What’s for tomorrow? And here’s a view of the back, where you can see the fabric (and underneath that, the foam and the batting) shoved between the stretcher posts and stapled into place on the inside of the framing. On a wingback chairs with curved wings like mine, the inside of arms and wings require two separate pieces of fabric since there’s no way for one piece of fabric to make the inside curve. I didn’t need or want arms chairs, but I wanted those two chairs to be different from the ones that I’m planning to use around the table. It’s a great chair for lounging, so while it works well in a living room, it’s also a cozy choice for the corner of this master bedroom.” Photo by Laure Joliet. I made the top piece by cutting a piece of 2″ x 6″ lumber to 19.5″ wide. The chair already looks amazing and I thank you for the detailed process. FYI, I’m with you on the Texas heat. Make It Happen Monday – Bookcase Turned Pantry Finished! Home Decor. Maybe you’d much rather prefer to reupholster an old chair, one that you’re attached to in a particular way or one that simply has a good frame which is not worth throwing out.By reupholstering the chair you basically give it a whole new look. Simply amazing. You can see my faint pencil marks lined up with the top of the back seat support in this picture…. In other words, they’re just glued together in pairs. MY CONGRATULATIONS! Each one required a slight angle (which you can see in the photo below) to fit against the back supports and the arms. I did get all of the front upholstered, though. As I said, on the blog BETWEEN NAPS ON THE FRONT PORCH, which is completely different from Kristi’s, but sometimes just as interesting, she had this awful thing happen to her hardwood floors because of a rubber backed sisal rug. I actually have this narrow crown stapler. . I am tickled by your use of the word “just.” There’s no “just” in what you do. That means that the seat has a very slight angle to it, so the ends of the side supports needed to be cut at slight angles. :-/ I have no idea why it looks like that. A lot of wingback chairs employ the use of filets on the front of the arms. It’s small, but works great. It worked! Your dining room reveal is going to be so A-MAZ-ING!!!!! How To Build A DIY Chair Frame - Addicted 2 Decorating® I wanted to challenge myself with a project I've never done before, and this this DIY chair was a perfect opportunity. Yes, speechless. $1,499.00 $299.00. I had thought you would do something with the 2 arm chairs that came with your table. So if you just want to wrap and staple, and not add a skirt, then you’ll need to make sure that you’ve allowed enough fabric so that it reaches the bottom of the seat framing and can be turned under just a bit and stapled into place at the bottom. , That’s strange. Take a look at the wingback chair and evaluate if the chair itself … But if I were making occasional chairs rather than dining chairs, I’d forgo the plywood and use jute upholstery webbing for the seat. You never disappoint and I can’t wait to see the finished product although I would be tempted to finish up after it cools down. You continue to inspire me and believe in myself to keep challenging myself to diy. Do you ever get tired of hearing how amazing you are? Girl, you seriously need your own furniture line! I’m totally lost for words! Only part of the legs will show. You’re amazing. He died at 92 in 1981 and I so want to fix this chair. When we first moved into our house there were not enough vents upstairs to make it cool enough so we put a fan at the bottom of the stairs to blow cold air up and it worked. Wow. Beyond amazing. What you see here is enough to make four legs — two for each chair. So I started with the arm, and wrapped, tucked, and stapled that piece into place. And finally, the back. I attached those together with wood glue and pocket screws. OMG, this amazing! Next, I cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood for the seat using my jigsaw and attached it with wood glue and 16-gauge nails. KRISTI BUILT A CHAIR!!! The upper portion of the wing is probably coming off the back at a different angle than the lower horizontal arm portion. I’m with everyone else. Anyway, if you missed the first part of this project where I built the frame for this chair, you can find that here. Takes courage to do something like this … kinda like jumping off the dock and figuring you’ll learn to swim! http://www.homedepot.com/p/Porter-Cable-18-Gauge-Pneumatic-1-1-2-in-Narrow-Crown-Stapler-Kit-NS150C/203555606 Just WOW! F5STAR-BASE Complete 5 Star Base for Swivel Desk Chairs. I would guess it was about 85 degrees in there during the hottest part of the day, which is warm but not miserably hot. As usual, Great work! Well done my friend, very well done! Hands down, completely impressed. I’m not 100% happy with that indentation where the fabrics meet, but that’s the type of thing that gets better with lots and lots of practice. When you tear the engine out of the jet, I want to be there. Add me to the speechless crowd. Los Angeles, CA 90016-3095 . I think I’ll build a wing back chair. I don’t recall the length of the long piece, but I cut it longer than it needed to be, and then held it in place to mark where it needed to be cut. Addicted 2 Decorating is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. This is what popped up as the topic of the email under subject: =?UTF -8?B?RElZIFdpbmdiYWNrIERpbmluZyBDaGFpciDigJMgSG93IFRvIFVwaG9sc3RlciA=?==?UTF-8?B?VGhlIEZyYW1lIA==?=(Part1), Better watch out! Learn how your comment data is processed. I cut this piece larger, and tucked it under the stretcher rails on the sides and back, and then attached it to the front of the seat so that it would reach the bottom of the seat framing. This is lovely, skilled work. This is absolutely fascinating. IT IS JUST NOT POSSIBLE! I trimmed off the excess, and then wrapped the 1/2-inch seat foam around the edge, right on top of the arm foam. . Part 6 of 10: How to Reupholster a Wingback Chair – Create a Pattern for Seat and Arms and Sewing. You can see the taper on the bottom in the pictures below, though. But you did it! . Chairs from scratch! And then on the front edges, I wrapped it around the wood and stapled it right along the edge. Filets and Bling. Queen Anne Wing Chair Frames Hand Cut Thru Dovetails I write this President’s message with many mixed feelings as it will be my last as president of the Guild. Then I drilled more pocket screw holes to use to attach the wing to the DIY chair frame, and then I drew a curved wing design. Wow. Now I think I will just send the pieces out. . You’ll notice in the photo above that my arm fabric doesn’t quite reach the bottom edge, so there’s not enough to wrap under and staple in place. I could just be overthinking it too…. I want to be you when I grow up. Here's how I built the chair frame. The fabric is simply gorgeous and the wingback chair is looking stunning and truely very professional looking. Like I said, it will need a few more support pieces. Turn your fabric upside down, and pin on the batten running from front to back under the arm rest. I used two on the outside…. I know you must get tired of hearing that! I think there’s still plenty of wood to staple into. And if I were making living room chairs, I’d probably take the time to learn how to use actual springs. That would be YOU!! How you can use it on a chair is beyond me. Hmmmm…. Girl power! FMINGAIN-SW Mini Gainsborough Swivel Desk Chair Frame . Here’s how it looks…, Of course, almost the entire thing will be covered with foam, batting, and fabric by the time it’s finished. I’m almost speechless… All I can say is that you are freaking genius! Is there anything you can’t do? I bought a Critter paint sprayer off your recommendation. . bold project that I love. I also added a stretcher rail inside the arm framing. Wow! Next I covered the arm and wing with high-loft batting, adhered with spray adhesive and tucked into the stretchers. You give me such inspiration to DIY and I always say if Kristi can do it, I can do it too. I made an upholstered headboard once out of a striped fabric & swore off stripes after that. Here’s a view of one of the back corner pieces, secured with wood glue, four nails going into the side support pieces, and one screw going diagonally into the leg. I knew I shouldn’t have engaged you. For a chair, mortise and tenon, dowel or other kind of joinery (+ glue, obviously), are stronger and resist in time. I think we should have a party celebrating your splendiforousness. I am using mortise and tenon on all my chair parts when I can. Just google the staples/nailers that you bought and the staples should also pop up! Yesterday and today, I actually set up one of our extra window unit air conditioners in there, with the garage door open a bit and the A/C backed up to the door. You need to order the Porter Cable staples on-line. Thankfully it didn’t! Great job, especially the stripes. You take my breath away…………….. No one woman (or any other sex or species) should be this damned talented………….. Can you tell me what staples you are using??? If you don’t get those back supports right, the whole chair will look awkward and feel very uncomfortable. If you don’t pre-drill, you risk splitting the wood. I don’t think the screws will cause a problem. I have yet to find a single one. Mary. I love watching the work you do. But for now, here’s the 360-degree view of the basic DIY chair frame. There’s no glue between the two center pieces. Those areas also needed to be perfectly straight, so I lined them up with the very edge of the 2″ x 6″ board. Just wow. Looking forward to learning how to upholster them! And in this heat, too. So I didn’t follow any instructions or look for “how to build a chair” tutorials. Just WOW. It totally intimidates me! Is there an Olympic gold metal in DIY??? And then the fabric around the leg was just folded under, and stapled right on the very edge. I hope you and Matt have a Happy Fourth of July! $449.00 $79.00. Then I cut the side seat pieces using more of the 2″ x 6″ lumber that I had ripped down to 2.25″ wide. Coming along great! Great selection of fabric for your wing backs! I’m still uncertain how I’m going to finish the bottom of my chairs. I cut those pieces to 16″ long, but in hindsight, I wish I had made them just a bit longer. Yes, you are amazing, and your effort and patience are admirable. And then I wrapped the batting and fabric around to the side and stapled in place. Wish I knew then what I do now! But you top it all for figuring stuff out on your own. You could even use it for painting the exterior of your house, and other large projects like that. I’m showing this post to a carpenter friend who rebuilt our deck. I placed it onto a 2″ x 6″ piece of lumber, and traced around the entire side piece, from the bottom of the leg to the top of the side back. Saved from youtube.com. Keep in place with fitting pins then blind stitch your two pieces of fabric together to keep the tension from the bottom. And after repeating that whole arm and wing process on the other side, I had the basic frame for a wingback dining chair! Will have to send you a pic of a chair that needs reupholstering to have your suggestions. If you will notice on my post I didn’t take any personal shots at you. Linda, Use some fitting pins to keep it pulled down then blind stitch your pieces together. 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