Yardage Chart for Upholstery

Dining Chair:Seat Only: 0.5 to 1 yard
Seat and Back: 1 to 1.5 yards
Armchair:Chair with Loose Cushion: 5 to 7 yards
Chair with Attached Cushion: 4 to 6 yards
Chair with Tight Back: 4 to 6 yards
Loveseat:Loveseat with Loose Cushions: 9 to 12 yards
Loveseat with Attached Cushions: 8 to 11 yards
Loveseat with Tight Back: 8 to 11 yards
Sofa:Sofa with Loose Cushions: 12 to 18 yards
Sofa with Attached Cushions: 10 to 16 yards
Sofa with Tight Back: 10 to 16 yards
Sectional Sofa:Small Sectional: 15 to 20 yards
Medium Sectional: 20 to 30 yards
Large Sectional: 30 to 40 yards
Ottoman:Ottoman with Loose Cushion: 2 to 3 yards
Ottoman with Attached Cushion: 1.5 to 2.5 yards
Ottoman with Tight Top: 1 to 2 yards
Upholstery Yardage Chart

The formula for calculating fabric yardage for upholstery depends on the dimensions and style of the furniture piece. Here’s a general formula that can be used as a starting point:

  1. Measure the Width and Height of the furniture piece.
    • Width: Measure the widest point from arm to arm or the widest point across the backrest.
    • Height: Measure from the floor to the highest point on the backrest.
  2. Calculate the Seat Area:
    • Seat Area = Width (W) x Depth (D) Note: Depth refers to the distance from the front of the seat to the backrest.
  3. Calculate the Back Area:
    • Back Area = Width (W) x Height (H)
  4. Calculate the Total Yardage:
    • Total Yardage = Seat Area + Back Area
  5. Consider Additional Fabric Requirements:
    • If the furniture piece has arms, add an extra allowance for the arm area.
    • If the furniture piece has cushions, add an allowance for the cushion area.
  6. Round up the Total Yardage:
    • It’s recommended to round up the total yardage to the nearest half-yard or whole yard to ensure you have enough fabric for pattern matching, cutting, and any unforeseen adjustments.

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