Reupholstering a Wingback Chair With Metal Flexible Jaw Clips

Often a situation will arise in which a piece of furniture needs to be covered quickly and securely but the solution only needs to be temporary and not damage the furniture or current fabric cover. This type of problem is often encountered by students or renters who rent furnished apartments. Far from being free to cut up the chairs or couches and remove ugly fabric, they must find a temporary, non-destructive solution. Covering a wingback chair with fabric using metal, flexible jaw clips is a perfect example of this type of measure, which must be done with flair and precision for a quality result.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Metal flexible jaw clips
  • Scissors


    • 1

      Measure all sides of the chair, including front, back, sides and armrests. Find the area of each side by multiplying the length times the height of each side and add the areas together to find the total fabric area of the chair. Round up to the nearest yard and add an extra yard for backup when purchasing your new fabric.

    • 2

      Drape the fabric over the wingback chair. Stuff the fabric deep into the cushion cracks around the sides and rear of the cushion. Shove the fabric deep into any front crack as well if the wingback chair has a loose or half-attached cushion. Clip the fabric to the old fabric wherever possible underneath the fabric, keeping the clips out of sight and trying to clip every 12 inches.

    • 3

      Stretch the fabric over the back of the chair and over the sides, and clip the fabric together on both sides of the chair where the rear fabric meets the side fabric.

    • 4

      Stretch the fabric under the chair on all four sides and clip the sides together thoroughly, using as many clips as necessary to have a good, strong connection between the four sides of the chair. Remove excess fabric with the scissors.

Tips & Warnings

  • Matching fabric can be added to a pillow by wrapping it around the pillow and then tucking the fabric into itself. This can be done with any fabric remnants from the reupholstering of the chair.
  • Use safety pins to keep the two layers of fabric together as a backup in the cushion crack, on the rear of the backrest and underneath the chair.
  • Do not jump on the chair or sit roughly, as this may pull off the fabric or snap the connections at the various clip junctions.
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