Upholstery webbing, also called jute webbing or elastic webbing depending upon the brand you purchase, is used to make a firm but comfortable surface on heavily used seating items, such as chairs, ottomans, and couches. Inspect the frame for weak corners and cracked boards before applying webbing. If you find any weak problems with the frame, repair them before you start. It is important that the frame you attach webbing is solid, because webbing needs to be pulled tight or your upholstery will sag.
Cut the end of the webbing straight across, removing any frayed, uneven spots, using scissors. You do not have to cut the webbing end if it is already cut straight.
Place the webbing's cut end in the centre of the frame, so the end extends 1 inch past the frame.
Tack or staple the webbing to the frame every 1/2 inch, using the staples and stapler or tacks and tack hammer.
Fold the cut end over the long part of the webbing back over itself. Tack or staple the folded part down, with the tacks or staples offset just enough to avoid hitting the first row of tacks or staples.
Pull the webbing across the frame until it is snug. With the webbing stretcher on the underside of the webbing, hook the stretcher's teeth into the webbing 2 inches beyond the frame's edge. Pull the stretcher's teeth toward your body, using the frame to create leverage to pull the webbing until it is tight.
Staple or tack the webbing the same way you did when you set the first row of staples or tacks. Cut the webbing 1 inch past the frame, fold the webbing end back over itself and tack the end down flat.
Place a strap every 1 inch across the frame, until the frame is covered, with all of the straps going the same direction.