The armchair in its original sad state with ripped upholstery The armchair in its original sad state with ripped upholstery The armchair in its original sad state with ripped upholstery Stripping the chair Stripping the chair Stripping the chair Reupholstery underway The independant sprung edge with bamboo cane Covering the springs Tying in the springs First stuffing of coir fibre Ties ready for the second stuffing The second stuffing of horse hair Hand stitching the piping to the chair for precision placement The completed armchair The completed armchair The completed armchair The completed armchair The completed armchair

Techniques Used in This Project

Traditional Upholstery Traditional upholstery
Restoration of Woodwork Restoration of Woodwork
French Polishing Polishing

Victorian Armchair

 

This chair came to us in a poor state with its original upholstery material worn through and gaps at every seam. The arms were wobbly and the frame needed reinforcement. It was clear however that this had been a beautiful, comfortable chair and we could transform and restore it back to its former state.

 

The chair was stripped back to the frame, separated, then re-glued and reinforced. The chair was then re-webbed, re-sprung with an independent sprung edge with bamboo cane and then stuffed traditionally with coir fibre and horse hair. The final cover chosen by the client was an indigo blue & black corded denim style fabric. Piping was hand stitched on in the traditional manner (instead of the more common method of pre-sewn slip covers) to provide the best finish and curve to the arm.

 

Finally a new luxuriously deep, duck down cushion was made to fit, and a gorgeous silk cushion added resulting in an extremely comfortable armchair.