By Cecilia Ardouin. Barrel Chair. Published at Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 - 11:24:56 AM.
Antique furniture is always a priced possession for many. It reminds us of our grandparents and parents who used it at some point of time, making them historically important assets of the family; the China cabinet of granny, the rocking chair of Uncle Harry and the barrel chair on which you and your siblings spent hours playing in childhood. All are the enchantments of the golden times; the times when the things didn't move so fast, and life was less complicated. With the passing time, this furniture has seen generations using it and maybe, sometimes shifted from one place to another. To make them fit in well with your modern day furniture can be a little tricky, but is an achievable task. The barrel chair slipcover is always one of the recommended options for restoring the antique furniture.
At the end of last year, during the holidays and on a rainy day, we were randomly approached by a man who invited us to join him at the bar he was going to in order to have a drink. It happened just like that out of the blue and as a New Yorker, I was very quick to dismiss and ignore him. I wanted to go into the bookstore where my new English language order awaited me and we smiled and brushed him off.
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.
A typical barrel chair with a rounded back and the height like that of half a barrel is quite bulky. They are strong and upholstered. The Global Industrial Tourist Chair is fitted for lounge use or can be used as a guest chair. The black vinyl covered chair gives the appearance of a leather chair. This fabric can be cleaned easily too and has a long life. The flash brown leather chair is a classic one in its own ways. The typical design of this chair gives it an armed look making it a rare one among many. The leather covering to the chair makes it comfortable for long use.
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