Diy Upholstered Settee Reveal Pt. 3

Diy Settee Reveal

So today is finally the day.  The day that I’ve been anxious to  get to.  The day that I reveal the Diy settee that I worked so darn hard on.

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In case you’re just joining us, you can read all about how I hacked an Ikea chair to build the settee frame then how I upholstered the settee.

The road to completion was not as glamorous as the finished product.

When we last left off, I upholstered the seat and the seat back.  I also added the welt cording around the perimeter of the seat back.

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The last step in upholstering the settee was attaching the back fabric. Using the last of the fabric I draped it over the front of the settee seat back right-side down and centered the fabric. I made sure that I had enough fabric on both sides to cover the entire back plus a few inches for tucking.

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Next I cut a few pieces of chipboard to 1/2″ wide.

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I stapled the pieces of chipboard to the back of the wrong side of the fabric.  I was extra careful to line the chipboard tight up against the welt cord underneath the fabric.  I secured each corner with an upholstery tack.

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I cut a piece of Dacron about an inch bigger than the back of the settee.

Then I hot glued the Dacron to the back of the fabric on 3 sides.  I could have used spray adhesive but its messy and hot glue is easier and faster.

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I trimmed the Dacron neatly across the top to avoid any bumps underneath the fabric.

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Then I flipped the fabric over and secured the bottom middle of the fabric underneath the seat.

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Now was the time for what seems like the most difficult part of upholstering…..hiding the back fabric.

You have three options for doing this.

  1. You can hand sew it closed carefully hiding your stitches.
  2. You can use upholstery tack strips that come in 24″ long pieces.
  3. You can use a product called Ply-Grip or Curve-ease

I choose option 3.  The Ply-Grip

The reason being that the back of my settee that needed to be closed in measured 27″ and the super easy to use upholstery tack strips  were only 24″ long.

three tooth ply grip

The Ply-Grip isn’t very difficult to use but if you don’t have an upholstery hammer or a pneumatic staple gun, securing the strip to your frame will pose a challenge.

I opted to nail every third hole with an upholstery tack.

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How to apply ply grip curve ease

Once I had the strip secure and in place tight against the welt cord, I pressed closed each of the toothed flaps with my fingers. You want them closed just enough so that when you tuck your fabric inside, it gets stuck.

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Once all the teeth were in the closed position, I stretch my fabric over the sides and trimmed right along the welt cord. I also cleaned up the top corner to eliminate any bulk that would keep my fabric from laying flat.

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Very carefully and slowly, I pressed the cut edge of the fabric into the closed ply-grip.

Now they make a tool called a regulator to press the fabric against the teeth of the ply-grip but I didn’t have one of those.  When I Googled “upholstery regulator” I saw a bunch of butter knives so that’s what I used. This particular butter knife I used to use to open cans of paint when I couldn’t find my paint can opener. Now it’s found its third use. :-)

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About every 3 or so inches, I checked to make sure my fabric was even and that there were no wrinkles in the fabric.

When I got to the bottom, I snipped a 1″ valley in the fabric near the leg and I folded and tucked the excess fabric. I stapled the rest of the fabric underneath the settee.

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To secure the ply-grip, I lightly tapped it down using a rubber mallet covered in fabric.


  A hammer will damage your fabric and if you use velvet, I guarantee that it will crush your pile and potentially break through the fabric.

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I am considering adding welt cording across the bottom of the settee but I’ve already moved onto other projects so It will likely not happen very soon. I didn’t get a photo of it but I did cover the bottom of the settee with Cambric Dust Cover.

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Now that the upholstering is complete it’s time to add a little flair to the settee.

I still had about 6 yds of  nailhead trim left over from the Diy Upholstered Headboard so here comes the nailhead.

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This nailhead only uses an anchor nail every 5th nail.  This makes using it a cinch but if you cut a few nailheads off every time you start a line, that adds up to a lot of waste.  I don’t waste a single nailhead.

I start by drilling a tiny hole in the end.

Then I trim down the newly holed piece to its bare minimum using my metal snips.

I cap the end with an anchoring nail.

how to use nailhead trim

I started my nails about a half an inch from the edge and secured it with about 3 nails. then I used a spring-loaded center punch to pull and pre-punch the hole for my anchor nail to set in.  This may seem tedious but it actually goes quite fast.

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Eyeball it!



Continue every 5th nail .

To turn the corner, I use a very similar method to starting the nails. Before I nail in the last anchor nail, I snip away the excess metal.

Then I drill a hole in the next nail and trim away the excess metal on that one as well.

Then I marry the new-holed couple and they are joined with a single anchor nail.

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Once they are hammered in, you can’t even tell that they are sharing one nail.

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I planned on trimming the bottom of the seat in nailhead but I decided that there is a such thing as too much nailhead.

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This settee will have its permanent home in front of the large window on the other side of the room.  I just placed it on this wall to take photographs because it was a rainy day with almost no good daylight.

So now for some “Revealing” photos. *-)

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I’m still working on the toss pillow situation so bear with me.

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Oh and how much did it cost you ask….

Cost Breakdown

(5 Yds) 54″ wide Upholstery Velvet Fabric


4” HD Foam


3” HD Foam


25 yds 9lb. Jute Webbing


12 ft. 3/4” Dacron


Lumber (Thank Goodness for scraps)


Heavy Duty Staples (2 pk)


(5 Yds)  36″ wide cotton muslin


12 ft. Welt Cord


(2 Yds)  45″ wide Calico (Quilting Cotton)


Spray Adhesive


Kreg Screws


Grand Total : $139.36

I know this is a lot of work but in my opinion it’s totally worth it.

Look at this low-priced settee from Overstock.

Inspire Q Easton Gray Linen 2-seater Accent Loveseat

It’s $300, only comes in this solid color and it measures 40″w x 29.5″d x 32.5h.

So to me, it’s too short, too narrow, not deep enough and it costs $160 more than it will cost to build myself.  Plus it probably built with MDF and lacks sturdiness.

I don’t mind working off that $160 if it means I’m going to get what I want at a much better quality for a whole lot less.

So what do you think?  Are you ready to tackle your own Diy Upholstered Settee?

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  1. LaRica says

    You are the! I NEVER fully read blogs, blame it on my self diagnosed ADD, but you are not only detailed with pics at the right moment, you are also entertaining. Who makes building sound so easy!? I’ve sifted through several posts, you’re my new fav “book” to read over my coffee. Thank you for your work!!!

  2. Maria Starkey says

    Just TOO awesome Ayisha!! You are my NEW blog to follow!!! I am inspired now to build one of these for my daughters room!! It will be PERFECT!! THANK YOU for such great photos and instructions!!!

  3. says

    I’m planning to recover some wingback chairs in Richloom’s Olson fabric, and found you through googling that. So glad I did! This is a great tutorial for upholstering a chair back. That’s always the part that scares me the most! Your settee is absolutely gorgeous!

  4. Casey says

    New here, and I absolutely love your settee! You did an awesome job! Yours is the first “upholstery” tutorial that I really got! I completely understood your steps and how you did it. Thank you for sharing this! I hope you get lots of pleasure out of your new piece!

  5. Steph says

    This turned out beautiful. Great job!!! I appreciated your step by step throughout this project so much. I have upholstered a few projects but your instructions taught me that some of the things I have done I could be doing a whole lot easier. Lol, I especially like the step by step on the ply-grip. I can’t wait to see what you do next. :)

  6. Selma Harris says

    This settee is gorgeous!!! I am always amazed at your work. I would love to do something like this but I am truly new at this and am intimidated by it. How did you get started in working with power tools and making furniture? I am a wife and mother of two young girls and I love DIY and become extremely excited, which short lived, b/c my experience does not match the excitement I feel when I see bloggers such as yourself build beautiful furniture! I look forward to the final reveal. You Go Girl!!!

    • Ayisha says

      Thanks Selma. My first few attempts at Diy were prior to me having any power tools were complete disasters. I realized that my expectations were too advanced for my skill level. I found Ana-White’s website and started building her “beginner” projects. Each one required me to learn a new skill. Mitering corners, Kreg Jig use and worst of all “how to make accurate cuts”. I read a lot of carpentry books which most people don’t want to do but I like having the information handy. I’ve also learned that nothing ever turns out exactly how I plan so I just go with the flow. The passion is there so don’t give up on it.

  7. Noël says

    That Ply -grip strip is AMAZING! I was wondering how in the world the fabric was going to get tacked into place. Wow, that piece of furniture turned out professional!


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