Upholstery 101: Webbing & Springs

I took my second upholstery class on Tuesday and have so much to share! My chair officially has webbing weaved and springs attached (although not yet tied). The webbing was fairly straightforward using a staple gun and webbing stretcher, but attaching and tying the springs is going to be a lesson to learn next week, my friends! I also stapled a piece of burlap onto the back rest of my chair (on top of the webbing). This will keep the foam and fabric from poking through.

A few pointers for the webbing: 

1. Be sure the seat webbing is tight (where people will sit). You don’t have to worry about the back (or arms) as much.

2. You will double staple each side (take a look at the pictures to see a visual). You will want to staple the first side as close to the center of the wood as possible and immediately fold over the fabric and re-staple. If you don’t re-staple quickly, the webbing will loosen.

3. Staple on a slight diagonal. You can weaken the webbing by stapling fully vertically or horizontally.

4. Make sure not to overlap the webbing going in the same direction. You can space them out slightly (mine just happened to fit 4 exactly) and it’s okay if there is a bit of space left on the end.

5. When you weave the other direction make sure you alternate (one starting on top, one starting from below)

What I’ve learned so far on spring tying:

1. Make sure the ends of the springs are not facing out (so they don’t poke through the fabric)

2. There is a kinked (slightly bent) side of the spring. This side goes up.

3. We clipped the springs on with this pinning tool… apparently it works to tie the springs on from the bottom with twine and a needle

4. You will need to nail two tacks for each side of the springs and tie the strings to one side per row horizontally and vertically. Also do nails for each diagonal (but I didn’t tie strings… yet). You can hammer down the nails once tied (take a look at my pictures to see how to put the string on).

5. The strings will be 2.5 lengths across the springs (and over) from side to side. When you hammer the string down leave the 2 lengths on one side of the string and the .5 on the other side.

Pictures below!


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