What we generally recognise as Australian styled ‘club lounges’ were made from the late 1920’s through to the mid 1950’s. This design was not uniquely Australian however it was very popular during this era and the suite featured is typical of this period however many variations were available.
These suites all featured the wide arms with timber trays and bases but some also decorative timber trim on the arm facings. The upholstery finishes were also available in a wide variation of finishes. This included cord trim, contrast piping and raised panel patterns on the backs.
We were requested to completely re-furbish this ‘club lounge’ by a client who inherited this furniture from her parents but which originally belonged to her grandparents. This lounge suite was made in the late 1940’s and then re-upholstered in the 1970’s so it was in a dilapidated condition when received for refurbishment.
We completely stripped the existing upholstery to the frame. The frame was well constructed using thick Jarrah timber however the joints were only nailed we screwed all the joints to eliminate any potential movement. We sanded back the timber arm trays and base blocks then polished the Jarrah leaving a natural finish.
The suite was then re-upholstered using the traditional jute webbing, coil springs and hessian for the seat and back bodywork. For comfort and practicability we then use premium cushioning for the base, back and arm overlays also polyester encased premium seat cushion inserts. Combining the traditional and modern upholstery techniques gives an authentic finish but provides practical and comfortable seating.
In rejuvenating this classic Australian styled ‘club lounge’ our clients will be able to cherish their family memories into the future.