Published at Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 - 11:37:12 AM. Barrel Chair. By Cecilia Ardouin.
Barrel chairs are available in a lot of designs these days; from leather-covered to textured fabric and some only wooden. They can be custom-made too according to one's liking. They give a special old age appearance in a contemporarily accessorized room. Single seated barrel chairs are more common in this category but double or even couch sizes are also available. These chairs have a particular design, which enables the person to box into these chairs. It gives support to the thighs and back of the person making them suitable to use for long hours.
After many years in the antiques trade, I learned how to do my own reupholstery reasonably well, but sadly when it came to barrel chairs, I would usually pass on them when I saw them for sale, and I would always refuse to recover them for clients - they are just too difficult even for a reasonably experienced upholsterer. Straight back and sides I could manage, but many of the older chairs had tufted or ribbed backs, which involves an incredible amount of work, and if the fabric is patterned, they can look like a dog's dinner when you've finished.
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