How Much Tulle to Buy for Tied Chair Backs

Like any project involving tulle, the important thing to remember when making your purchase is to measure ahead of time so that you can calculate the amount of fabric you’ll need to achieve the look you want. And if you happen to be using tulle as a way to tie decorative embellishments around the backs of chairs for your home décor, a dinner party, or a larger event like a wedding, just for example, you’ll definitely want to make sure that you order enough product to turn your creative vision into a fun and functional reality.

For this type of project, the width of tulle you prefer to use probably won’t factor in to how much you buy simply because the lengths of tulle needed will be the same regardless of width. That said, you may have more options if you go with a spool of ribbon or bolt of fabric that is as wide as possible since you can then decide if you want to lay it flat, double or quadruple it by folding it in half lengthwise, or bunch it in a variety of ways for different effects.

As for the length, this will be determined partially by the chairs you’re using and partially by how you plan to tie the tulle. If, for example, you simply want to wrap the tulle once around the chair back and tie it, you can measure around the back of the chair using a soft measuring tape and then add six inches or more to each end (an extra foot of length total or more) to your measurement, depending on the size of the bow you want and how far down you want the ends to hang. Or if you’re crisscrossing lengths of tulle down the side of a ladder-back chair, weaving it through the openings and adding a bow at the bottom or top, mimic the intended path of the tulle with your soft measuring tape.

Once you have determined the length you’ll need for one chair you can easily multiply it by the number of chairs you plan to adorn in order to calculate the total length needed. If the length is in feet, divide by three to figure out the number of yards you’ll need. It’s always best to overestimate in order to account for slight variations in measuring and cutting your tulle, so whatever amount you think you need, it’s probably best to tack on about 10% extra in case of mistakes.

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