What Glue Do I Use for Upholstery Fabric?

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Use glue to help with a multitude of problems with upholstery.

When you want to repair upholstered furniture by using glue, it is imperative you use the right type of glue. Some glues work specifically with fabrics. These glues are stronger than school glue, some are washable, and some do not melt upholstery fabric as hot glue has a tendency to do. Choose the right type of glue for different upholstery jobs.

Spray Adhesive

Spray adhesive is useful for holding large pieces of fabric in place as you reupholster a piece of furniture. Use spray adhesive when applying new foam or batting to the back of a couch or chair seat. Spray adhesive comes in different strengths, including a specific upholstery adhesive.

Hot Glue

Some types of hot glue are helpful when working with upholstery fabric. However, when purchasing hot glue sticks, buy the highest quality you can find, which usually are the most expensive. Hot glue is only helpful when it comes to placing piping along the edges of the furniture. The hot glue holds the piping in place long enough for you to permanently secure it using staples. If you only use hot glue, plan to use it repeatedly as it does not stand up to the use a piece of furniture receives. Before using hot glue, put a dab on an inconspicuous part of the fabric. Some upholstery fabrics may melt when using hot glue.

Foam Adhesive

Many times when reupholstering a piece of fabric, the foam in the cushions needs replacing. When wrapping quilt batting around the foam, use a specialized glue that sticks to foam. Many other types of spray adhesive do not work to hold batting to foam. Use the proper foam adhesive to keep quilt batting from slipping around between the foam and the upholstered cushion cover.

Fabric Glue

Use a liquid fabric glue to make small repairs to upholstery. Fabric glue can help seal up seams that might be coming apart, or to re-attach fabric to the underside of the furniture. Make sure to use an extra-strength fabric glue when repairing upholstery.


Ruth O'Neil

Ruth O'Neil has been a freelance writer for almost 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles and stories in dozens of publications including "Parentlife," "CBA Retailers and Resources," "Lookout" and "Standard." She has also worked with a publishing company editing and preparing manuscripts for publication.