Measuring for Reupholstering or Re-Covering


Does the cushion on your chair, chaise, bench, or other outdoor furniture need reupholstering? Or maybe your old poolside furniture could use a little updating and a firmer cushions. Whatever the case, we can create new cushions or re-cover your old cushions with one of our many fashion-forward fabrics.

Keep in mind the following:

  1. Exact measurements are absolutely important for us to complete your job accurately.
  2. There are no standard sizes for most furniture cushions.
  3. We will design the cushions from the information you give us; therefore, we are unable to offer returns on this custom service. Provide us with as much information as you can, and follow these instructions thoroughly.

So grab a measuring tape, something to write with, and let's get started.

Standard Chair, Chaise, or Bench

  1. Measure the width (W), shown in orange. This is the area between the arms, on the seat of the chair.
  2. Measure the height (H), shown in blue. Take the measurement from the back of the seat all the way to the top of the frame.
  3. Measure the depth (D), shown in red. Measure from the front edge of the seat all the way to the back of the seat.
  4. Measure the thickness (T), shown in green. Measure from the top to bottom of cushion (not compressed).

Please note: Since some seats are wider in the front than they are in the rear (and occasionally vice verse), keep this in mind as you make these measurements.

Deep-Seating Furniture

  1. Measure the width. This is the seat of the chair, the area between the arms.
  2. Measure the height.
    a. If the back cushion sets atop the seat cushion, make sure that you subtract the thickness of the seat cushion from the total height of the back cushion measurement. If the cushion is thicker than two inches, it is necessary that the back cushion sit atop the seat cushion.
    b. For seats with curved corners using cushions with the seat and back connected, please include a template of the curved corner. You can do this by tracing the angle of the frame onto a piece of paper, and including this with your measurements.
  3. Measure the depth. Measure from the front edge of the seat all the way to the back of the seat.

Measuring Pillows

If toss pillows are part of your order, please note the following.

  1. Square toss pillows come in four sizes: 14 inches, 16 inches, 18 inches, and 24 inches. Any sizes or shapes other than these will incur an additional charge for the custom work.
  2. Pillows are measured square, not diagonally.
  3. Stand the cushion upright on its side.
  4. Then, measure across the pillow, from side to side (not from corner to corner).

Odd-shaped Furniture

  1. Many types of furniture simply can't be measured by easy or traditional means. If your furniture has odd curves or difficult-to-measure angles, you will need to provide us with a pattern. You can make the patterns out of any piece of paper large enough to accommodate a pattern piece. Newspaper or wrapping paper usually works well.
  2. In addition, please include a photograph of the original cushion or the piece of furniture. Note that curved backs and cutouts on corners will incur an additional charge.

Optional Cushion Details

Most cushions use additional accoutrements to provide a satisfying finish and to allow for ease of use. Zippered cushion covers, for example, are easy to remove, wash, dry, and replace on the cushion. In addition to zippers, we provide Velcro ties, buttons, matching fabric ties, single or double cording (piping), and welting.

Special Note about Striped Fabric

If you require striped fabric, please specify the direction you want the stripes. Some long bench cushions with vertical stripes may require additional seams across the end.