Upholstery becomes crucial when you want to change the overall look of your bench.
The hardwood seat may not be comfortable after you sit on it for several minutesYou may end up complaining about back pains.
How to Upholster a Bench with Vinyl
And instead of buying a replacement bench that has cushion, why don’t you customize your bench. This is where the art of upholstery comes in. Not only does it make your bench look magnificent but also more comfortable.
Step 1: Make a Decision
You should make a decision on whether to make a new bench or add a layer of upholstery material or repair an existing one. If you choose to replace an existing bench, then follow all the laid steps here to upholster the bench with vinyl.
- Unscrew the legs.
- Use nose needles pliers to remove the staplers at the back of the base. These are the staples that were initially fixed to the bench when initial upholster materials were applied.
- Gently remove the fabric, batting, and foam. You don’t need to keep these materials. We advise that you use new materials. Once you are done, you can progress to the next step.
If you decide to make a new bench, worry not. This article will give you valuable insights on how to go about it.
Step 2: Gather All the Materials Needed
After you have made a decision about what you want, you should gather all the materials needed for the process. The good thing about the materials required is that they are readily available and cheap. You won’t have to break your bank to procure them. Some of the materials needed include;
- Staple gun
- Vinyl upholstery fabric 3 inches longer
- Fabric batting the same size as fabric
- Household wood cleaner
- Spray adhesive suitable for foam
- permanent marker
Step 3: Prepare the Bench
Once you have settled on the bench to upholster, you should prepare it so that you can begin the process.
- Clean the bench thoroughly using a household Wood cleaner and a damp cloth. This removes all the dirt.
- Allow the bench to dry before you proceed to the next step.
- Drill four holes on the four corners of your bench. This is where you are going to attach the legs.
Step 4: Attaching the Foam, Batting, and Vinyl
The process of attaching the foam and batting is easy, and you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to carry out the procedure. Ensure you have a spacious working table where you can place the bench. You realize that you only deal with the top of the bench since you have unscrewed the legs.
- Lay the foam on the top of the working table.
- Flip the bench and let it rest on the foam.
- Using the marker pen, trace the seat. This ensures that the size of the foam that you cut perfectly fits the bench.
- Press the foam with the bench.
- Take your scissors and cut through. Strictly follow the line you created with the marker pen. After you are almost through, remove the bench and complete the other. You must realize that the size of the foam is the same as the bench size.
- Spray adhesive on one side of the foam that becomes the bottom. You can spray the seat as well if the manufacturer directs so. You should ensure that you use the right spray adhesive meant for foam.
- Press down the glued side of the foam on the seat and make sure it fits well on the seat. Allow the glue to dry. Look for manufacturer directions on the duration it takes for the glue to dry.
- Remove the bench from the working table.
- Spread the vinyl face down and smooth it, and spread the batting fabric on top of the vinyl material.
- Take your bench after the glue has dried and let it rest face down on top of the batting and vinyl material.
- Grab the batting and vinyl material on one side and fold it over the bottom edge of your bench. Ensure you hold it in a position to ensure it fits your bench so well.
- Take your staple gun, and staple through the batting and vinyl. Leave an inch in between the staples. Leave the corners of the bench unstapled
- Now that you are through with stapling the vinyl plus the batting material to your bench, you might realize there is some excess material. Use your scissors to trim the excess material.
Step 5: Reattach the Legs
Your bench is now almost ready; the only thing remaining is the legs. Reattach the legs and how you do it depends on the model of your bench. After you have reattached the legs, you can go ahead and make yourself comfortable on the chair.
Tips: Always carry out this process in an open area that is well ventilated. This is because some materials used, such as spray adhesives tend to have strong fumes. Also, when stapling, it is recommended that you wear eye protection gear. This reduces the chances of eye damage.