If you have been dreaming of some new furniture for your home, studio, or office, but the prices and tariffs have you thinking about the fastest way to become a minimalist… you’ve come to the right place. Insurance salvage is an excellent way for you to score lightly damaged furniture that can make a great accent to your space with a bit of handy work. Re-upholstering furniture is a great DIY skill, and this blog is the beginner’s guide for upcycling your next interior decor addition. 

The DIY beginner’s tools for reupholstering furniture.

If you have wrapped a Christmas present, then you are ready to start your project––if you replace the tape with a staple gun, of course. Here are the tools you need to complete your project and have it look fantastic! 

Choose your unique fabric 

The best part of learning to upholster is customizing your furniture to suit your unique personality and decor. A good quality and heavy-weight fabric will stand the test of time. While the style is entirely up to you, try a lower-cost fabric for your first couple of projects (which can always be updated in the future). Always choose a generous amount of fabric, as mistakes are part of the process of learning a new skill. 

Update your batting and foam cushions

Batting, also known as dacron, is used to round corners and provide a comfortable and professional finish to furniture. Whether you choose cotton, recycled polyester, wool, or even bamboo fibre batting, it is an essential component of your project. 

Most furniture up for auction will have some water or fire damage, so you must be prepared to fix or repair damaged materials. Memory foam is the perfect material for replacing damaged cushions on your stool, couch, or chair. You can also choose natural options if it suits your project better. 

A pneumatic staple gun is your ultimate DIY tool

While a regular staple gun will suffice, a pneumatic model can save your hands –– especially when working on multiple projects or larger furniture items. 

Tacking creates a professional and clean finish 

Tacking is used underneath your upholstery fabric to hide staples and secure fabric and creates a professional experience. Using cardboard, metal, or flexible tacking is essential for a durable and sleek finish for your DIY upholstery project. 

Accessories can tailor your look 

If you prefer a more traditional look, you can add unique furniture nails in many styles, from sleek chrome to decorative and vintage-inspired brass. Ensure you have an upholstery mallet, or you can use a rubber band and some batting on a regular hammer to prevent scratching and damage. 

Browse, bid, and buy your next DIY project with Barga! 

If you’re ready to try your hand at upholstery, register to bid on high-quality insurance salvage. From office furniture, reception seating, and home goods, there is a unique piece that can avoid the landfill with your handy work!