Published at Wednesday, April 04th, 2018 - 08:46:38 AM. Side-Chair. By Cecilia Ardouin.
In the last few years as these countries have one by one joined the European Union, the costs of making these very labour intensive chairs has increased considerably for these factories, giving them no alternative but to increase their prices. This has led to some UK banqueting furniture suppliers looking to factories in China and Malaysia to produce copies of these chairs but without the many years of experience of the traditional manufacturers, the quality can be very variable. Often, where the European factories would use steam bending to shape the elegant curved forms of the banquet chair, the Chinese and Malaysian manufacturers use simpler wood joining methods, for example finger jointing or even butt jointing, methods which are not nearly as strong as the steam bending process which produces the part without affecting the strength or integrity of the wood. Therefore purchasing these cheaper chairs can often be a false economy and can end in very early replacement of an expensive investment.
How much fabric will you need for each chair? There are two measurement methods: 1. Drape your fabric lengthwise over the chair until the material is draping on the floor on all sides - allow an extra 5 centimetres so you have some material to play with. 2. Or you can measure your chair with a measuring tape. Measure the chair beginning at the back legs on the floor. Measure to the top of the chair then down the front, across the seat and down to the floor at the front legs. This is how long you will need your material. Then measure the width of the seat. Measure from the right side of the chair legs, across the base of the chair and down to the left side of the chair legs. Add 5 centimetres for a seam to the length and width measurements.
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