|Need some ideas and input on reupholstering these dining chairs for my husbands mom. The fabric wraps around the front and i am worried that the foam will get too thick there and look funny/hit you in the wrong place on the back of your leg. They have been redone sometime in the past and have virtually no padding, they are very uncomfortable. I was thinking of using 1 or 1 1/2 inch high density foam. I think that it will just be to bulkey as it wraps under. Should I taper the foam?|
|Taper the foam, an electric knife works well for that.....or wrap first in muslin....pulled tightly to compress the foam at the front. Then cover with your upholstery fabric.|
|Do you have a picture of the chairs, or something similar? I just finished reupholstering a set of shieldback dining chairs for my dining room; I bought them from an antique dealer at a local flea market because I fell in love with their lines, but like your MIL's chairs, they were hard and uncomfortable. I removed all of the stuffing and prior upholstery (taking it down to the bare wood seat), added 2" high density foam, and covered that with batting and fabric. I probably should have used 1.5 inch foam but the fabric stores in my area only had 1 and 2" in the foam that I wanted. The thickness of the foam, paired with the shape of the chairs and the stiffness of my upholstery fabric caused me to have trouble pulling the corners taut; so I had to fold & crease the corners (I've never had that problem recovering prior dining chairs), which annoys me because it makes them look less professional. |
Like Lindac suggets, the electric knife worked well to cut and shape the foam. The front of my chairs curves, like a bowfront chest, so I traced that shape onto my foam (using the bare wood of the seat base), then used the electric knife to cut in the curve. The electric knife was key; the foam was too thick to cut the shape with scissors, and my utility knife gave me uneven edges. Once I switched to the electric knife it was smooth sailing.
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