Upholstery 201- How To Use Curve Ease

The most satisfying part of reupholstering a chair can also be the most intimidating. Putting the sides and back on. But if you have the right supplies and the right steps. It can go smoothly. Meet your new best friend.
Curve Ease, also know as Ply Grip. I purchase mine from DIY upholstery supply.
Line it up where you want your seem. 

Staple, staple.

Trim your edges.

Now bend the bottom edges with the teeth up with your thumb.

Grab the piece of fabric measured for the side, line it up and start tucking it in behind the teeth.

You can also use an awl to help get it tucked in nicely. Keep going until it is all tucked in. Pull it tight and staple the bottom end under the chair. 

Grab a rubber mallet so you don’t hurt your fabric and tap the curve ease all the way closed.

Tada! The side is on!
To see the finished chair, click HERE.


  1. Sue@Uniquely Chic says:

    Awesome tutorial…just wish I had the nerve!

  2. Amanda says:

    This is awesome. Maybe I should give this a try!!

  3. Meg and Mum's says:

    Fantastic! Thanks for the tutorial :)

  4. Catherine @ peace love sweater says:

    The timing of this post is perfect. I actually picked up the most ugly (soon to be beautiful) roadside chair the other day. I took the whole thing apart right away and brought it down to the frame. It had this curve ease inside it and I was just about to start searching to find out what it was called and how to use it. Thanks for the amazing instructions.


  5. Lauren says:

    Thank you for the tutorial on how to use this! I've always done it the wrong way. AND, you lined everything up perfectly!! The chair is looking so good :)

  6. fran says:

    You make it look so easy!

  7. Graziela says:

    I didn't know such a thing existed! I so want to learn how to re-upholster but I don't think I can do it, I can't sew worth a lick! That looks awesome!

  8. Rachael says:

    you make this look so simple! I hope it really is. This is so exciting to me!!!

  9. Pine Tree Home says:

    Girl, you are amazing with all those tips and tricks up your sleeve. Do you even know how professional that looks? Keep spilling the beans.

  10. allenaim photography and design says:

    ummmmm BRILLIANT…no wonder I was always scared of upholstering something…I had not the tools!

  11. hollyG says:

    Bookmarking this for the day when I actually tackle my first re-upholstery job!

  12. Kathy@ Gone North says:

    Great Tutorial!!

  13. Gloria Fox @ Potentially Beautiful says:

    I've never seen this stuff and always wondered how people handled the curved arms like that. Awesome tutorial!

  14. Maureen says:

    Wow – it looks perfect!

  15. Denise says:

    You make this look SO easy!

    Thank you for the tutorial. I am on the prowl for a good recovering specimen. When I find one, I'm coming back to this post!

  16. Joselyn @ The DIY Spot says:

    This is great! I have been browsing your blog and your upholstery projects are phenomenal. Did you take classes or are you self taught? I took classes and still struggle to get a professional look. So glad I found your blog. Following you!

  17. Traci says:

    This looks much less difficult that I imaged. I have a chair at the point where I need to use the easy curve and after reading you description of the process I feel excited to give it a try. Wish me well. Thank you for sharing you knowledge.

  18. Miss Char says:

    I've been kicking around the idea of trying upholstery again, this would certainly be a handy dandy supply to have. Thanks for the great information.

  19. Sunnyside Dru says:

    that is fantastic! I never knew how that worked, thanks!

  20. P? @ $ € € ?? ?®0?... says:

    This was amazing to read. You make it look so easy!

  21. P? @ $ € € ?? ?®0?... says:

    This was amazing to read. You make it look so easy!

  22. P? @ $ € € ?? ?®0?... says:

    This was amazing to read. You make it look so easy!

  23. P? @ $ € € ?? ?®0?... says:

    This was amazing to read. You make it look so easy!

  24. The Paupers Castle says:

    Great tutorial. Thanks for posting. I will be looking for this product. Also…I feel EXTRA SPECIAL…I am your newest follower, but also number 1000! Congrats on a milestone!

  25. Inspired by you says:

    I've worked with curve ease before. It really makes it look so professional!

  26. Connie @ Sensible-Redesign says:

    Thanks for the tutorial, that part stumped me for a long time. My first project with curve ease was a silk (tricky). You did a fantastic job lining up those stripes!!

  27. Catherine says:

    That is really great. I am getting my nerve up to reupholster a chair. This may be a lifesaver!

  28. Tammy says:

    Thank you! What a great tutorial. I want to upholster some things too! Thanks for sharing.

  29. Betsy (BB) says:

    Thank you for a great tutorial! You made this look so easy! I love your chair!

  30. Sommer says:

    This is awesome! I'm self taught and recently tore apart a wingback chair where I saved all these pieces. Not knowing what they were called but I figured out how to use them. It's nice to see it being done though. I hope you will come show this off at my VIP Party today. http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/08/vip-party-22.html

  31. Robin's Nesting Place says:

    I just bought a sofa today that needs to be recovered. This will be very helpful!

  32. Aroura says:

    Thank-you so much for this helpful tutorial!

  33. Janette - The2Seasons says:

    I learned to use a drill this week-end. If I could learn to upholster, I could be dangerous!!! You made it look so easy.

  34. Beverly@southernhomesweethome says:

    You made that look so easy.. thanks for the tut on how to do curves. If I get enough nerve I might try it. Over from Met Mon..looks great

  35. Marlis says:

    Wow this is a great tut on how to do the yucky part of upholstery.. Now i just need more more more and maybe I can tackle the chair in the garage! thanks a bunch, so very helpful. xo marlis

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  37. contractors says:

    you make this look so simple! you made it easy and great

  38. Shelley says:

    No way… that seems so simple now! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

  39. Lynda @ {ubersavvy} says:

    I never knew about this little gadget. Great advice for someone like me about to embark on a simpler chair cover. Thank you

  40. Lisa - A Room with A View says:

    This is a great, detailed tutorial – thanks so much! New follower!

  41. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    i need some reupholster-ease… do they make that? ;)
    you are so good at what you do, sarah.

  42. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    i need some reupholster-ease… do they make that? ;)
    you are so good at what you do, sarah.

  43. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    i need some reupholster-ease… do they make that? ;)
    you are so good at what you do, sarah.

  44. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    i need some reupholster-ease… do they make that? ;)
    you are so good at what you do, sarah.

  45. Bunny Jean says:

    I was wondering how you were going to get the stripes lined up, you did a good job!

    xoxo Bunny Jean #141 at Met Monday

  46. Laura says:

    WOW, that is amazing. Thank you for the tutorial. Didn't know that even existed.

  47. Julia @ 551Eastdesign says:

    What a cool product! Thanks so much for the tutorial, I have to try it:)

  48. Natty by Design says:

    Soooo awesome! Thank you for sharing this trick.


  49. Brandi says:

    Great Tutorial!! I found it to be very helpful! Thank you for sharing.

  50. Clare G says:

    Holy Cow! This is probably one of the most helpful posts I've seen in blogland! Thank you so much for the great tute!

  51. Pam says:

    Great post! Who knew :)

  52. Jeannie-JB says:

    Wow, Wow, Wow! Thank you so much for the helpful tutorial.

  53. Megan @ Apple House Revival says:

    Genius! It's always about having the right tools, isn't it! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

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  55. Lisa E says:

    Great info. Question, do you know how many feet the average chair would use. Although the 100′ roll is only $13 and change from the site you mentioned, it’s also only .38 a foot, so if I could order less… I just don’t know if I would need so much to have on hand!

  56. ray says:

    Great job and thanks for the easy step by step instructions and tips. What kind of stapes and staple gun did you use? I just bout a power shot from home depot and picked up some 3/8 inch nails and not having luck. The stapes keep buckling and don’t really work. Any tips or help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Ray,

      I use the Maestri 3 upholstery staple gun. If that is happening it can be for a few reasons
      1) If you are stapling into the curve ease you may be missing and hitting the metal- so they buckle
      2) the gun isn’t strong enough to go through the wood/ fabric and hold.
      3) You aren’t applying enough pressure to the head of the staple gun when you fire.

      I really recommend an upholstery gun it makes a HUGE difference!

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