Last week we discussed How To: Upholster A Chair. I highlighted measuring the chair to determine fabric yardage requirements. Well, here’s how!
A tape measure
Something to record measurements
First review the piece of furniture. Notice each section of its body, where each piece connects. For instance, my arm chair has two inside arm sections, two front arms, the seat (also known as the deck), and the front rail that continues to the floor.
After analyzing the furniture, measure each piece with the tape. Add a few inches, I like to use 4-5″, so we have enough extra fabric to hide the staples. Always record measurements Width by Length for consistency.
When finished measuring, take graph paper and cut it to demonstrate the sections of fabric. Use a scale of 1 square equals 6″; if the section is 48″ x 24″, you’ll have 8 x 4 squares. Then, graph each section on the graph paper. Label each section clearly. Next grab a piece of 1/4 inch graph paper to represent the length of fabric. Since every square is equivalent to 6 inches, and typically upholstery is 54 inches wide, the representation will be 9 squares wide. Once done, count the squares and multiply by 6, to determine the inches of fabric required. Divide this by 36, which equals the total number of yards required.
These guides, from All Things Thrifty, show dimensions of popular pieces of furniture. Now go measure furniture like a pro!