I got a lot of stick on social media for attempting to reupholster this chair, including some quite strong words from an upholstery company! (if they feel that threatened by somebody trying it for the first time, they should probably question their own skills!)
In the brief for the study in Aberaeron, it was mentioned that that liked the chair but it needed reupholstering. So, as far as I was concerned, my choices were to ignore the chair or have a go at it myself. Yes... getting a professional would be an option also, and let's face it, the best option, but are they going to be able to do it in 24 hours, at short notice, at a price that's suitable for a total room budget of £1000... I very much doubt it.
I had "reupholstered" an Ikea sofa before, but that was a simple job involved a staple gun and very little skill... I knew this would be a very different ball game. I did some research beforehand by watching a few videos by professional upholsterers on YouTube (yes... YouTube... lots of people have learnt many useful skills on YouTube... may I direct you to Javelin World Champion, Julius Yego).
My initial plan was to save time by covering what was already there rather than stripping it, but the first thing I did was start stripping the old material off!... Fool! Anyway, it ended up taking a lot more time than I had hoped, but I was pleased with the final results and it certainly looked better than it did before... even if I did make a rookie mistake by not ironing the material first!
The homeowner told me that he had been quoted over £300 to have it done in the past... that certainly wasn't possible within my budget. So, if you have an old chair sitting around and can't afford to get it done professionally, why not have a go yourself? What's the worst that can happen?... It might not be very good and need reupholstering... well, it did anyway, so you haven't lost anything, apart from your time and a bit of fabric!
NB... I'm not for one minute suggesting that professional upholsterers are a waste of money and you can do a better job yourself... of course you can't!... but what I am saying is, if you can't afford that service, what's the harm in having a go!