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Upholstery how to – courtesy of the Makehouse

The first time I walked into The Makehouse to upholster a footstool, I was a little nervous. After all, the last time I touched a hammer was years ago and the only crafting I do barely competes with a 10 year old. But you never know about a secret hidden talent until you give it a try!

Luckily, Jenny at the Makehouse has brought in a veteran upholsterer, Miro, and with his help, I learned a thing or two about traditional upholstery. No staple gun allowed!

After taking this course, I can say hand on heart that I could confidently upholster a piece of furniture.

Getting started

If you don’t already have a piece in mind, find your local site and head to Antiques & Furniture > Antique Furniture or Household > Furniture until you find that perfect piece of furniture, just begging for some love. Next, search for some sturdy fabric that works for upholstering and won’t tear and buy some padding. Now all you’ll need are some tools:

  • A magnetic upholstery hammer
  • Small upholstery tacks
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
If you are unsure, call The Makehouse and check in.

Ready, set, go, tack!

With a little guidance, upholstering with traditional tacks is quite enjoyable. So the next time you see a great project or find the perfect addition to your living room, don’t hesitate, tack!

Look for The Makehouse or a small shop that also offers courses in your community and take a look at our pinterest boards for more inspiration. Happy tacking! Let us know how it goes.


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