comfy little side chair

redboudoir1I got this little chair awhile back and of course sliced open the back before remembering to take a photo or two!  I was just dying to know what padding it had originally because there sure wasn’t anything there when I got it.  (Turns out it was latex foam over jute webbing, and the foam had dried up and crumbled to dust, leaving some very slack fabric.)

redboudoir2I added new padding all over.  The back might be a little thicker than it was originally but it’s SO comfy now.

The original fabric was a beautiful ribbed wool epingle (tiny loops of wool in sculpted rows).  Unfortunately it was completely worn out in places or I would have considered reusing it somehow.  I hope I find some more someday.


redboudoir3I thought the chair might have been made in Sweden because it has the exact same interlocking coil springs as another Swedish chair I did recently.  But then I found this tag in German in the springs.  Maybe Swedish furniture makers used German-made springs?  I don’t know.

redboudoir4The new fabric is Knoll’s Classic Boucle in a soft red.


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4 Responses to comfy little side chair

  1. Susana says:

    I have the same exact chair. Would you mind telling me how you prepared the box?
    I was going to use burlap, edge roll, 0.5″ poly decking on the seat and box but it occurred to me that the poly decking might make the box too stiff. It seems that the box would have a lot of movement.
    thank you

    • MCR says:

      I’m not sure what your terms mean. What is 0.5″ poly decking? Decking in the upholstery business refers to a heavy drill cloth (like a denim weave) that is just under a seat cushion—but it’s never 0.5″ thick. Poly batting comes in that thickness—is that what you mean? I’m also not sure what you’re calling “the box”.

      I redid that chair nearly 3 years ago and don’t have any notes on it, but I’m pretty sure I reused the stitched hemp (?) padding that you see in the photo of the springs. There may have been a thick edge roll, too. I probably put foam on the very top and then the fabric. Maybe elastic webbing across the top of the seat frame both ways? Sorry I can’t be of more help!

      • Susana says:

        Sorry, by poly decking I mean dacron deck padding shown in this link:

        I refer to the vertical part of the seat as the box.
        Thank you for your response, it gives me a place to start.

        • MCR says:

          Ah, ok! That type of batting would be ok to use on top of the springs (over burlap) but it’s pretty stiff and will be hard to trim to get a nice rounded edge and corners. You’re better off with thick cotton upholstery batting, maybe even two layers of it. It’s not used as much these days as it used to be, maybe because it’s kind of messy, but it’s more forgiving than foam or heavily bonded batting. It’s also the best padding over sharp wood corners and edges because it just compacts instead of wearing through completely like foam and fabric eventually do.

          Cotton upholstery batting is completely different from cotton quilt batting. Unless you have an upholstery supply place nearby, you will probably have to order it online. Conventional fabric stores used to carry it but I have not seen it in years.

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