Spruce Upholstery Tip: Chalk Transfer

It is quite a common occurrence that we get furniture in pairs.  This can provide the additional challenge of not only making the pair look great but also making them look the same.  I have a  nifty trick if you ever find yourself in this predicament.  The example below is actually done on my very own project.  I acquired a very cool sectional sofa (from the side of the road) and am FINALLY getting one of my own projects done.  I cannot wait to show everyone the final product, but for now, here is a sneak preview of how Frank used a chalk transfer method to make the two ends of my sectional perfectly symmetrical.

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Frank begins by mapping out the design that will be topstitched onto the fabric for the inside back.

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Next, Frank carefully places the chalk marked fabric face down on the fabric for the opposite side of the sectional.  After smacking the “fabric sandwich”  a few times with a yard stick, magic will happen.

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Such a simple concept!  Now Frank (and I) can rest assured that these two pieces will be precisely the same.  See for yourself.

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Perfection!  This is only half of my “almost finished” sectional.  Stay tuned for a before and after shot of this rescue.

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We love sharing our insider tips and tricks.  You can find many more on the Spruce Instructional DVD.  There are many skills to learn in the upholstery trade, and this DVD is loaded with them!