August's Room The Victorian House

The Spruce Upholstery Book, and Plans for August’s Bed

I know how to upholster a simple chair seat. Years of Trading Spaces viewings taught me to start with a staple in the center, pull the fabric taut to the opposite side, staple, and work out from there. Beyond that though? I don’t know. Stick some batting in there under the fabric if you’re feeling fancy, and call it a day? And forget about webbing and springs. That wasn’t covered by Hildi. Of course, my lack of knowledge in this area didn’t stop me from purchasing an inexpensive wooden framed bed for August’s room, with the intent to upholster it.

I waffled between several blue fabric choices, but I fell for a design with tree slices during a recent trip to IKEA. The color palette is neutral, and I’m thinking of it as a manly take on polka dots. You know, for my manly two-year-old.

Boy's Bed Upholstery Fabric

I felt like I could approach the project with my limited sewing skill set and do a decent job, but I wanted to do an amazing! job. I searched for tutorials online, but there are a lot of people out there putting out a lot of tutorials with questionable methods. Then I heard word that Spruce’s Amanda Brown was coming out with a book (Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design), so when I was asked to take part in her online book tour, I agreed.

The book is divided among five key projects, and from those, you can adapt the techniques to whichever piece you want to work on. It’s thorough and covers what I would consider to be complex reupholstering jobs, but everything feels doable rather than overwhelming. I’m paying close attention to the section on the frame of a three-seater sofa, as it’s pretty close to what I’ll be doing to the bed.

Upholstering a Sofa

Win a Copy of the Book!

Do you have any upholstering to do? The Spruce book tour and classes are about to start, and they’re also holding a giveaway with their “Ugliest Chair” contest on Facebook right now.

I received a copy of the book for review, but I’m also giving a copy away. Just leave a comment below to enter*, and I’ll choose a winner at random. Good luck! And be sure to visit the other blogs participating in the online book tour.
Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design

Open to US residents only, 18 and over. Ends Friday at midnight, CT.

*The giveaway has ended. Congratulations to the winner, Annie!

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  • Kristin
    November 15, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I would love to learn this skill!

  • Megan
    November 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I would love to learn this! Having something broken down to steps makes it seem much more approachable for me. Good luck with August’s bed! I can’t wait to see it!

  • Erin
    November 15, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    How lovely! Hope I’m not to late!

  • jamie
    November 16, 2013 at 10:50 am

    This book sounds amazing! My mother and grandmother used to re-upholster pieces. There most amazing work was with some very french tufted sets. I’d love to learn how to do this.

  • Shannon
    November 17, 2013 at 5:16 am

    I have a set of wing back chairs that were my grandparents. Re-upholstering them has been one of my dreams.

  • Kathryn Brierley
    November 17, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I recently rescued a horrible pink chaise from Craigslist and can’t wait to reupholster it in some fabulous fabric. I would love to DIY it, but fear I lack the skills required!

  • kara
    November 19, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Perfect! I just bought a beautiful/ugly chair at Goodwill for four bucks, and rather spend the grand I was quoted to have it redone (seriously??) I’ve decided to try to reupholster it myself. This book would be PERFECT!!! (Especially since I have no idea what I’m doing, and so far the instructions I’ve found basically say: undo everything, take a lot of photos, cut new fabric, and reassemble– I need a bit more detail, I believe!)

  • rebekah
    November 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I would be so ecstatic to win this book! I would have so much fun if I had this skill!!

  • Megan
    November 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Just wondered if you’d chosen the winner yet?
    Thanks M

  • Erin G
    November 20, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Can’t wait to see how your project turns out! Would love to win this book.

  • Marie
    November 22, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    what really caught my eye was that kelly green quilt. Where did you get it? (its gorgeous)

    • Making it Lovely
      November 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks! I got it at the Land of Nod outlet in Naperville. It’s been discontinued on the site though (which is why it was on clearance there).

  • Clarisa Ramirez
    December 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Wow, over 300 comments! That’s amazing! Thanks again for blogging about Spruce. If you or your readers are so inclined, please write a comment about Spruce on Amazon:

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