Tools and Materials:
When you’re just starting out, it’s not necessary to purchase each and every upholstery tool there is. You can substitute many tools you have on hand for the upholstery specific tools. Once you determine if upholstery is a skill/craft you want to pursue, then it’s time to start building your toolbox.
The tools listed below will be more than enough for you to complete your chair. Since I won’t see everyone’s individual pieces, there could be a tool that you’ll need that’s not included on this list. Upholstery is 40% problem solving, so if you can think of using something besides the tools listed, then do it.
Electric or pneumatic staple gun
Electric knife or foam cutter
Screwdrivers, Phillips and flat head
Long tufting needles or regulator, curved needles
Drill and bits
Obviously, the materials that each of you use will not all be identical. Here’s a list of the materials that will be used in your chair. If you have an alternative, just email me to see if it will work. Open communication will save lots of frustration and trips to the store.
Upholstery jute webbing
Dacron or cotton batting
Upholsterer’s hand sewing twine/thread
T-pins and straight pins
Upholsterers skewers (optional)
Cambric or other material for making a pattern
Wood glue (optional)
Saw dust for wood repair
Screws, small finishing nails
Jute twine (for spring tying)
Tacks or Spring nails (for spring tying)
Coil springs (if you don’t have them)
Measuring tape, yardstick or straight edge
Pencil, markers, chalk