Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Rewebbing Danish, Rattan or Wicker With Elastic Webbing

Furniture that use this type of webbing is so easy to repair yourself, instruction is barely necessary - but a few of you have asked, and I do sell this as a kit on ebay, my etsy store and in our new store at 3614 E. Lake St. Here's a pictoral how-to for the blog readers:

The demo chair I found at a thrift for $12.00 and the previous owner had used jute webbing nailed to the frame. I'm sure it served it's purpose until they decided to get rid of the chair and I came along to purchase and set new 2"elastic webbing and v-clips, as the manufacturers had intended. I took some artistic license (and economic practicality) with the height of the seat, using a 4" leftover foam I had in shop, instead of a flat cotton pad or up to 3" foam that would be standard for vintage Danish - still it sits wonderfully with new webbing underneath.

Flattening the v-clip can happen a number of ways - pliers, vise, boot heel. I do like to give it a few whacks with a hammer against table edge in order to make the teeth set into webbing though -

Work from back slot stretching the length taut, but not too tight to the front and make a mark with chalk where you should cut at the slot. Flatten a v-clip to this new strip of webbing and place it in, woo-la!

Keep going until you have all the verticals done, then do the horizontals by weaving them in and out. Not all chairs will have both directions - many frames just use vertical webs, but you get the idea. Don't worry - it'll be great - you really can't mess up, unless you pound the v-clips too flat and they slip out because you cut a strip too short by pulling too tight -- so don't do that!

Monday, March 15, 2010

1950's Kroehler Chaise Sofa

This was a 50's piece I'd been saving for a long time, and when a friend recently purchased a 1960's built home in Minneapolis' Bryn Mawr neighborhood, this frame came to mind to be perfect.  Many modern (read "contemporary") sofa's would overwhelm the low windows in first level living room and small dimensions between front door, fireplace and dining room.  Still, a family of 3 wants the one sofa in the house to be comfortable, multi-purposeful, durable for the kids who'll be coming over and for this (stylish) family - be cute and unique.  The good name of Kroehler doesn't disappoint.  A quick perusal of the web revealed this good article on Kroehler's other talents.  Wish they'd go back and reissue some of these good designs.

This Kroehler model bearing a small metal plate with patent no. 2.597.860. It comes apart in 3 pieces, all nut and bolt tightened, the hard wood thick as asphalt and ingeniously designed to reupholster slick as you please. This one had long lost it's cushion, so we've decided to order a down envelope for a 3" foam cut to shape. The short blonde wooden legs interlocked to the frame and then were nut-and-bolted as well - much better than screw-on legs, especially with the jumping and flopping that often occurs with kids.

The bare frame of course, had to have the vacuuming of it's life...I mean, this had been stored in a dirty garage for years, before that an attic storage since probably the 80's. The built in spring unit at back and seat get new covering of general use denim I've had around here and a 1/2" layer of foam, then just cotton.

We decided to dispense with the channels and just do buttons. Remember, the cushion's getting down-wrapped foam - that's just plain foam in there now, while we wait the arrival of down product from New Jersey.

That down wrap came in just as this was going to post - look how it fills the cushion cover. An expense to pay past plain foam, but so worth it.

From Start To Finish

Here's a post from a while back that had lost it's image links.  Someone was asking about Cogswell chairs just yesterday, so...