6 Tips for Reupholstering Your Furniture

March 16, 2012 Interior Design, General, Alumni News & Events, Alumni & Career Services 2 Comments

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Yesterday, Harrington alumna and owner of Chicago-based Recovered Interior Kylie Egge shared her experience that led her to establish her own small company. Today, Kylie draws on her professional expertise and shares some tips for reupholstering furniture.

1. Make sure the piece of furniture you are going to redesign is structurally sound. Check everything from cracks in the frame to the springs in the seat. It doesn't matter if it is a designer piece! If you like the lines, it will become valuable to you.

2. Have the proper tools for upholstery. The most important tool you will need is a pneumatic staple gun. Hand staple guns or electric staple guns just don't cut it in upholstery.

3. Don’t be afraid to mix styles, patterns, textures and color.

4. Realize that upholstery is a craft. It takes many years to learn this art, and it is quite difficult. The No. 1 comment from the students who take my upholstery workshop is, "Wow, this is a lot more labor intensive than I thought!”

5. Upholstery can be expensive, especially when purchasing fabric yardage for your piece. It takes a lot of time and effort to recreate something, but it is definitely worth it in the end when you have something that no one else will ever have an exact replica of.

6. Take my class! I'll get you started on the basics.

Many thanks to Kylie for your advice! Check out her company here to get the details on her next workshops.

Photo courtesy of Kylie Egge


Kylie Egge March 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Hi Lori, We typically offer upholstery classes on Monday and Friday evenings from 6-9 and on Saturday afternoons from 11-2. I am happy to talk to you about class details! Please send me an email to and we can chat! Thanks! Kylie

Lori Ann Lont March 17, 2012 at 09:34 AM

I would love more info on your upholstery class!

What do you think?