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Upholstering: It’s Not Just for Chairs!

Furnishings maketh the home … but not all your interior style inspiration has to come from chairs, sofas and cushions!

From doors and walls to stools, headboards and bookcases – there is no end to what you can upholster. Here we look at three unique options for you to try.

1. Decorative doors

Tired of two-dimensional doors that offer little decorative input? Upholster them to create sensational designs that really stand out.

Reupholstered Door

To recreate this look, you’ll need: vinyl sheeting, gold tacks, hammer and a utility knife.

Step 1: Remove the door from the wall and lie on a flat surface.

Step 2: Cover the door with the patterned vinyl sheet, leaving a small margin along the edge.

Step 3: Hammer the tacks into position by tracing the pattern of the vinyl.

Step 4: Cut the vinyl away from doorknob holes and install the handle, adding tacks to finish the design.

Step 5: Cut vinyl from the hinge locations – leaving around 1/8 of an inch to tuck beneath the hinge plate.

Step 6: Fit the hinges and door-handle before re-hanging the door.

TOP TIP: decorate both sides of the door before fitting.

2. Beautiful bookcases

Practical and stylish, upholstered bookcases can be a great way to expand storage and add additional seating options if used on low-lying options.

Reupholstered Seat - Bookcase

To recreate this look, you’ll need: MDF board, foam fabric, staples and staple gun.

Step 1: measure and cut the MDF to size for your bookcases.

Step 2: place the MDF board on top of the fabric and foam face down.

TOP TIP: use the fabric’s pattern as a guide to keep everything straight.

Step 3: staple the fabric to the back of the MDF, being sure to pull it tight.

TOP TIP: fold the fabric over before stapling to give more material to puncture and create a strong hold.

3. Handsome headboards

Better than shop-bought options, upholster your own headboard for a unique style that exudes your unique design passion.

Reupholstered Headboard

To recreate this look, you’ll need: headboard, foam, batting, fabric, a utility knife, scissors, staples and staple gun, flush mount and spray adhesive.

Step 1: lay the foam on the floor with the headboard on top and cut to shape.

Step 2: repeat for the batting and fabric – allowing a margin of 4-5 inches.

Step 3: use the spray adhesive to fix the foam to the front of your headboard.

TOP TIP: wear a mask and only using the adhesive in a well-ventilated room.

Step 4: when dry, place the batting on top and turn the headboard over.

Step 5: staple the batting securely to the back of the headboard using the staple gun.

Step 6: repeat with the fabric.

Step 7: fix the headboard to the wall using the flush mount.

Unique upholstering

With these great DIY upholstering ideas, you’re sure to find the inspiration you need to transform your home. Match these choices with our professional furniture upholstering service at Plumbs and ensure every aspect of your home is as beautiful as it should be.


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