Fun fact. Your final upholstery product will only ever last as long as the infrastructure. If the spring job is 50 years old, your new upholstery work is already 50 years old, and when the springs give, so will everything else.

Spring tying can look intimidating, but I promise, if you can follow a recipe, (and my mantra Under the spring, over the string, under the spring…) you can learn how to tie springs. Most students find it enjoyable, and even oddly satisfying.

The first thing you will want to do is strip off all of the old material completely. Remove every staple or nail if possible because your frame can only hold so many before it starts to deteriorate. Apply your jute webbing to the bottom of the seat first. The number of straps should be commiserate with how many springs you have. There should be a jute intersection for every spring. Got 9 springs? You’ll need 3 horizontal straps, and 3 vertical straps. Now. Not every frame lends itself to this logic, so make sure you take pictures of how it was before you stripped them off.

The goal of the jute is to evenly distribute the weight on the chair. If the jute is placed properly, then your springs will be most comfortable. You don’t need to make all of the straps tight into one another, just evenly spaced apart.

Next you will add your springs, and tie them to the jute so they don’t move, then lastly you will begin the tying process, which is a bit more difficult to explain in a simple blog post. If you like, I can walk you through the steps 1 by 1 to make sure you get it right. 100% of my students have done it right on their first try, 100% of the time!

Sign up for a class. You can attend in-person or virtually. I’ll walk you through it and save you some time and struggle by answering your questions in real-time.

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