Sometimes chairs of varied designs from different eras can be co-ordinated in such a way which creates a stunning effect. Classic chairs of varied designs can be co-ordinated when re-furbishing by such things as using the same timber stains and utilising matching ranges of upholstery fabrics. Here we have an example of when these ideas were used to great effect.
A client came to us from a farm in the central WA wheat belt with two chairs of sentimental value having been in the family home for many years. One lounge chair was from the 1930’s while the other was a lounge chair from the 1960’s. The house was an old style farm house which was being renovated and our client wished to keep her favourite chairs.
Both chairs had previously been re-covered but not re-upholstered so we stripped the layers of fabric and the upholstery materials back to the bare frames. The frames were then screwed and corner blocks re-set. The timber legs sanded back with both sets stained Walnut then three coats of lacquer and new traditional castors fitted.
Although the chairs were of different vintages the re-upholstery processes were similar. The process started with fitting jute webbing, lacing coil springs, tying the springs down then hessian overlays. We then took the liberty of using synthetic furniture edging and premium foam seat and back padding. Like all high quality furniture we also lined and padded the outside arms and backs on the chairs. The chairs were covered in co-ordinated fabrics from the same range, one a small diamond and the other a traditional floral pattern. Great attention was given to the finish which replicated the original detail. However using a mix of traditional and modern methods for the re-upholstery retained the authentic appearance of the chairs while the foam padding provided superior comfort.
Our client was ecstatic with her finished chairs and could not wait to get them home!