Upholstery Tips:

When purchasing fabric, keep in mind
that many drapery and/or
multi-purpose fabrics are suitable for
upholstering. Many are used as much
or more than regular upholstery fabric.

Any fabric other than a solid will
usually require some matching; this
includes florals, stripes, plaids and
most geometric designs. When
purchasing these types of fabrics,
remember that the larger the pattern
repeat, the more additional fabric that
will be required to allow for matching. If
the pattern repeat is 3 inches or less,
additional fabric is not usually required.

If you want to add a tailored skirt
about 6 inches long, you will need
approximately 3/4 yard for chairs, 1
1/4 yards for love seats, and 2 yards
for sofas up to 96 inches long.
Additional yardage will be required to
match patterns.

Decking is the portion of the chair or
sofa that is under removable seat
cushions. You can save money by
using a medium-weight unbleached
muslin or denim instead of using the
outer-cover fabric. To figure yardage,
measure the widest part (usually
across the front) and add 4 inches (2
inches for tacking each side). The
fabric you purchase should be wide
enough so that it doesn't need to be

The dust catcher is the portion on the
very bottom of the chair or sofa.
Measure just as for the decking and
purchase either a cambric or a
medium-weight unbleached muslin.

You can save on fabric requirements if
your fabric can be railroaded. Some
fabrics cannot be railroaded, such as
prints with buildings, trees, flowers with
stems, or any solid or printed velvets
or corduroys. These fabrics would
look strange when turned sideways
because of the pattern. The same is
true of nap in the case of velvets and