People today like to take chairs and use them for purposes in which they were not intended. I'm asked frequently to reupholster delicate ladies parlor chairs and the person will say, "I want to use it as my office chair" because they've seen all these great staged pics on apt therapy, Pinterest and such, but that purpose will not often warrant the high cost of reupholstery (which even a simple chair takes hours and hours of doing=$$$) when considering the amount of stress and use it'll receive, not to mention the weight of the person intending to use it in this new way. This chair was made economically - the factory cut labor and materials by using long bolts instead of block and dowel joinery (these come looseand need to be tightened periodically). Suspension "s" springs instead of hand tied coil (as they may have a decade earlier, or in a more expensive chair even for the time). This doesn't mean it's a "cheap" chair and not worth reupholstering. If used humanely, it'll last another 50 years and that's more than you can say for a similar looking one from Homegoods or any number of places that will have a fast deteriorating foam as padding and will need to be reupholstered in 5 years - then that's probably not worth it!
Good ol vintage Naugahyde to be used as contrasting welt cording for this project. Miller Upholstering has a great selection of vintage fabric and vinyl for interiors.armscyce sewing, you have to ease in the extra fabric from the plate into the smaller section that will be the side.
Back is fitted over cotton and felt then upholstered to frame. Moving on to seat, the side here must be fitted to just the right curve and amount of ease so the chair keeps its bullet-like profile at front edge.
I use the old layer of cotton first, then a new layer. Seems like a lot of new cotton to fit over, but it compresses, fills the sewn curves of the new cover and makes the finish smooth, not lumpy.
Tightening up the leg screws and a few at the back attachment put this chair right again, as it had simply loosened with wear.
Here it sat in shop, waiting for its owner to pick it up. It was to go into their 60s retro basement, but sometimes people get these home and decide they want to enjoy them upstairs in the living room, which is fine as long as they regard the kind of new traffic and wear it will get receive vs. the kind of use it was designed for.