February 19, 2015

How To: Reupholster a Piano Bench

Years ago I bought this piano from a man who restored old pianos and sold them at reasonable prices.  It's not what I would have chosen if I had been able to buy a brand new piano, but I was happy to finally have a piano in my home again.  I love playing and really wanted my children to play as well. But, this new piano came with an UGLY piano bench....and I lived with it for years.  I didn't realize how easy it actually is to recover.  If I had known....I would have done it LONG ago!

And not only is it an ugly green and white gingham, somewhere along the line it developed this lovely stain as well.  So it was time to take matters into my own hands.

I took the piano bench out to the workbench and unscrewed the legs.  Then it was just a matter of removing the staples with some pliers to remove the current fabric.

I had purchased some fabric for my Magnetic Bulletin Board and had plenty of leftover for my bench.  I measured the bench and added about 3 inches to all sides to have plenty to wrap around the bottom and staple.  Make sure to wash and iron your fabric before you start.

I laid the new fabric out, making sure there were no wrinkles and the pattern matched up with the edge of my bench, and began wrapping the sides being especially careful on the corners.  To secure the fabric to the wood, I used a staple gun (mine was hooked up to an air compressor, but you could easily do it with a hand-staple gun as well) securing it every few inches.

Then, using a screwdriver or drill, re-secure the legs back on to the bench.  The screws should be able to poke through the fabric easily (unless it is very heavy fabric, in which case you could easily cut a little hole for the screw.)

And here is the finished bench.  I just can't tell you how easy it was and how happy I am with the result.

And here is the before and after.  Such a difference!

Have you recovered or re-upholstered any furniture?  Did you find it easy or difficult? Send me some pictures or a link! I would love to see it!  I would also be happy to answer any questions you have or hear any comments!

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