Here’s the chair when it arrived in our workshop…as you can see, it had seen a lot of use!
When we started to strip off the upholstery, we saw that it had been reupholstered at least once! So you could say that we were giving it a third life…or maybe more. This isn’t unusual…very often an old chair can offer secrets from the forgotten past.
Fortunately, the frame was good and sturdy, just needing to be reglued. There was no sign of dry rot or disintegration that would have required reinforcement with new wood.
So we reglued the frame and prepared the seat for the spring work.
We added more support to the seat, and retied the springs using the eight-way tie method
Then covered the springs with burlap and applied the edge rolls
Only then did we begin reupholstering, starting with the seat.
Next, we reinforced the scrollwork on the arms with wood, and covered them with burlap.
Then covered them with layers of cotton, foam and muslin for cushionin
Next, we covered the arms with the customer’s chosen upholstery. Can you see the new chair starting to take shape?
Adding foam cushioning to the backrest came next.
Last of all, we upholstered the backrest and the seat cushion – and the chair was complete and ready for delivery to its delighted owner!