Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Replacing a Leather Seat

I recently replaced some leather seats on a few old mission style chairs. This is how it was done...






































8 comments:

  1. That's cool. I think it'll look better if the bottom of the chair is replaced with leather. If you have an old chair at home, consider doing it.

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  2. What material do you use under the tacks to cover the staples in the leather?

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  3. Hi Lauren,

    The piece under the decorative upholstery nails is called "gimp". This can be made out of any material. For this project, the gimp I used was black leather. Hope that helps. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Does the "gimp" serve any purpose other than decorative? For example, does it hold the leather in place more securely than if you simply folded under the ends of the leather seat cover and used the upholstery nails alone, without the staples and without a gimp? Additionally, in this instance, is the gimp made from a strip of leather? It appears maybe it is a strip of leather folded in half width-wise. And is it a strip of leather or a loop of leather, i.e. it has no ends? So many questions. Thanks.

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  5. Gimp is used for decoration. It covers the ragged edges of the seat. The staples in this case are holding the leather secure. If the seat were only held down by these decorative nails, it would be insufficient.
    The gimp is a strip of black leather with both edges smooth, so no folding was necessary. The gimp joint is in the back and has a nail covering it.
    Hope that helps. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Where did you find the materials for this project?

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  7. My upholsterer supplied this job. You can find DIY upholstery supplies many places online. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. can you give a list of materials used so I know what I'm looking for when surfing the web for supplies?
    thank you!

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