Upholstery 101 - Procratsination

Sunday, January 15, 2012

After -The Eames-like detail that hooked me in

I have been trawling trademe for the dream chair to recover. I'm looking for the sort of chair that is local, and easy to cover. Of course, I shouldn't have been looking any further than my own lounge. So here we have my first attempt at upholstery.

Before recovering, after sunlight and small hands

I'm not sure if this counts as upholstery because I could remove all the cushions to measure up. The chair was in much better condition when I picked it up, but direct sun and curious fingers have forced me into action.

During - the naked chair

When I first picked up the chair, I was tempted to remove the cushions and leave it as is, for a homage to Eames look. However as these chairs reach the end the their lives, the wires come a little loose and have a tendancy to try and pinch your summery legs. It was either pick up the welding gear or the sewing machine.

After - chair ready to go

Now that I have a pattern ready to go I have 4 more to cover. There will be a little tweaking as the seat could do with a little less ease. I am eyeing up the gorgeous Outside Oslo fabrics from how about Orange for use on these. Any other suggestions for affordable upholstery/canvas fabric would be welcomed.

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  1. woah, that chair looks amazing, great fabric x

  2. That really does look gorgeous. I like the wire look too, but I think that the cushions win out on the comfort stakes.
    Last year when I went to a commercial curtain and upholstery shop I saw some beautiful smaller bits in their bins and end-of-roll stacks.


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