Milo Baughman recliner transformed

I’m back!  I’ve got a backlog of projects for the new year, so check back often for updates.


One of my recent jobs was this Milo Baughman recliner.


I think it was modified in the 70s to go with a traditional sofa.  The fabric is one of those dobby weaves that were popular back then, and it obviously had cushions that had disappeared along the way.  It’s not supposed to be sat in the way it looks here.


Unfortunately I neglected to get a good shot of the finished chair but you can get an idea of the difference.  I added foam to the seat and back, with a thin layer of extra-firm foam in the lumbar region for comfortable support.


The fabric is Knoll’s “Classic Boucle” in the Red Fox colorway.  This is a very popular fabric for mid-century modern upholstery  and is one of my favorites to work with.  It comes in great colors and is reasonably durable.  The fiber content is half wool and half nylon and it just feels nice.  We have some of the colors in stock; stop by Home Anthology in Catonsville on the weekends to check ’em out!



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5 Responses to Milo Baughman recliner transformed

  1. Patricia hart says:

    I just acquired a set of Baughman rocker recliners. Both of the rocker springs are broken on one of them. I have all the parts of the springs. I am wondering if having them soldered to fix would be a good idea or if replacement would be the way to go. If replacement is the thing to do, do you have a source for that type of spring? Thanks

    • MCR says:

      I don’t do this kind of repair, nor do I stock parts for these. I don’t even remember what the mechanism looks like–sorry! The one that I redid was a few years ago. Maybe the parts can be welded or maybe they are easily replaced, I just don’t know. You could try posting your question (with photos) on the forum at There are a lot of helpful, knowledgeable people there. Good luck.

  2. Frank Andre says:

    Hey, i found this posting online. I know it is old, but i am in baltimore too and am beginning to restore a broken baughman 77 recliner like this. Yours came out awesome! Am remaking a broken frame piece now. Am wondering if you have any photos documenting the process? I have had the thing in pie es thru 2 moves and am trying to figure out if i am missing hardware and if so what, lol.
    Thanks Frank

    • MCR says:

      Sorry, I don’t have any other photos and I don’t remember any specific details about this chair at this point other than I think it is supposed to have separate seat and back cushions. But i could be wrong about that. I would advise finding as many photos online as possible, save them to your computer, then study them. Sellers on the high-end sites like Chairish and 1stDibs tend to have better quality photos and more detail shots but there are good ones elsewhere too. Good luck.

  3. frank andre says:

    thanks! i am figuring it out!

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