A matching pair of wingback chairs was given to me by our neighbor several years ago. In very short order, a couple springs on each chair let loose. Through the bottom, thankfully, not the top. Otherwise this post would be about living life with a punctured butt cheek.

We left the chairs that way for quite awhile, but finally fixed them up. And when I say ‘we’, I mean my husband fixed the chairs. Obviously. While I’m sure not every single chair can be fixed this way, it means that in the future I won’t automatically get rid of a chair just because of broken springs.

First, remove the cushion. Start removing staples from the bottom of the chair. To fix the springs, only the fabric where the springs are attached needs to be removed.

Start peeling back the fabric and stuffing. You only need to peel back as much as necessary to see the springs and where they are attached to the wood of the chair.

See? The springs are attached with heavy staples.

Please ignore all the dog hair. 

Bring the loose springs back up where they used to be and reattach them using screws instead of staples. The original brackets on this chair were large enough to insert screws in place of the staples without having to replace the brackets. 

In order to never have to do this again, he replaced all the staples with screws on all the springs. 

And that’s it! Then you work backwards and redo everything in order. Put all the stuffing and fabric back and staple it in place.

Woo-hoo! The chairs didn’t cost anything to fix, and now are actually comfortable to sit in again.

See you in a few!

One thought on “Fixing Broken Springs on a Wingback Chair”

  1. I can't think of anything more painful than punctured butt cheeks. Great job fixing the chairs to make certain that's not ever a possibility.

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