How to Reupholster a Chaise Lounge

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A chaise lounge, sometimes called a chaise longue, is a cozy and comfortable chair with an elongated cushion for stretching out. Because these chairs are oddly shaped, they may seem rather intimidating to reupholster. That doesn’t have to be the case with help from Sailrite®! Our comprehensive tutorial will walk you through the entire process of reupholstering a chaise lounge from start to finish. As part of our Chaise Lounge Revamp, you’ll learn how to pattern your chair, remove the old fabric and add new upholstery fabric. Let’s get started!

Our finished masterpiece!

Our old chaise lounge was badly in need of some new upholstery fabric, and we chose to reupholster it using Crypton® Home Daria Eggshell. As a woven polyester blend, Daria Eggshell is a textured, indoor performance fabric with a plush, chenille-like feel. It’s soft and supple enough to make for an unbelievably cozy chair. Not only that, but all Crypton Home fabrics possess an exceptional resistance to stains, spills and odors, making them a perfect choice for any interior upholstery project. They truly stand up to the rigors of any living space! You can also order samples of these gorgeous fabrics on our site to decide which one will best suit your interior décor. And if you’d like to learn more about the amazing attributes of Crypton fabrics, check out our blog “Crypton Home Fabrics — What Is Crypton?” (300396XHT).

As you disassemble your chaise lounge, you’ll want to keep the old pieces to help you pattern the new pieces. Our chaise lounge also has a decorative skirt that we’ll be adding, but this is completely optional. When we reassemble the chair, adding this skirt is the last step in the process. If you decide that you do not want to add skirting to your chaise lounge, your reupholstery process will be slightly different but we’ll cover that in the video.

Every supply needed for this project, from the staples and staple gun to fabric and sewing machine, is found at Sailrite. We’re your one-stop shop for all things DIY. And once you’ve completed your chaise lounge project, be sure to post a photo on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and tag Sailrite to potentially be featured on our social media. We can’t wait to see what you create!

Video Chapters:

  • Removing the Old Fabric – 0:59 min
  • Patterning & Sewing Decking – 14:06 min
  • Patterning & Sewing Inside Arm – 32:50 min
  • Patterning & Sewing Inside Back – 40:55 min
  • Patterning Outside Arm & Back – 46:20 min
  • Making Bias Piping – 47:23 min
  • Securing Decking Assembly – 51:10 min
  • Covering Inside Arm – 1:07:22 min
  • Stapling Inside Back Assembly 1:14:16 min
  • Stapling Outside Arm Fabric – 1:19:56 min
  • Securing Back Fabric – 1:24:28 min
  • Adding Dust Cover to Bottom Side – 1:35:00 min
  • Making & Stapling Skirt Pieces – 1:36:12 min
  • Making the Cushions – 1:50:59 min
  • Materials List – 1:51:43 min

Materials List:

  • Decor & Upholstery Fabric from Sailrite – we used Crypton® Home Daria Eggshell - #121890
  • Polyester Batting White 55" .30" Loft (5 Yds) - #122182
  • Coats Extra Strong® Nylon Upholstery Thread Natural - #104816
  • Medium 5/32" Welting Cord - #107035
  • 21 Gauge 3/8" (10mm) Staples 10,000/Box (Galvanized) - #8010GZ
  • Polyester Fiberfill 15 Denier Hollow Slick Conjugate - #104467
  • Upholstery Tack Strip 27" - #106422
  • Flexible Metal Tack Strip Medium Duty - #106421
  • Cardboard Upholstery Tack Strip 1/2" - #106420
  • Cambric Dust Cover Black 40" Fabric - #106739
  • Roc Lon® EconoSheen™ Ivory 54" Drapery Lining Fabric - #120185

Tools List:

  • Tack & Staple Remover - #104319
  • Tape Measure 120 Inch - #102986
  • Gingher® Scissors Right Hand Lightweight 8" - #101017
  • Multiuse Pins 1 1/2" - #102985
  • Sailrite® Fabricator® Sewing Machine, Table & Workhorse™ Servo Motor - #400500
  • Cording Foot Set 1/4" for Fabricator, 111 & Big-N-Tall - #400414
  • Clear Acrylic Ruler 6" x 24" - #102400
  • Sailrite® Short Nose Upholstery Staple Gun - #121410
  • Rawhide Upholstery Mallet - #106423
  • Marker, Wire Cutters, Pencil