By Romaine Delage. Barrel Chair. Published at Friday, December 22nd, 2017 - 19:26:56 PM.
The Caned Barrel Chair takes traditional McGuire materials and updates them with the contemporary lines of hand-bent rattan. While it was designed for comfort - the proportion coupled with the round curve of the back and arms provide a welcoming shape - the rattan and double caning are known for durability.
It is a shame to pass up a barrel chair if you see one for sale though, the ones made in the 1930s and 1940s are sturdily built and have springs that make them so very comfortable, but at 70 or 80 years old they do need to be recovered. The solution is a barrel chair slip cover. You can actually purchase these online now, either made to your specifications or ready made.
The secret to purchasing any slipcover - especially online - is the measuring. If you are looking for a ready made slip cover, make sure you understand the measurements and get the right one for your chair. Problem is, so many didn't come in standard sizes, so you may have to adapt a ready made barrel chair cover to fit your beloved chair. If you're handy with a machine, then taking in a ready made barrel chair slip cover is not too difficult - but again the secret is in the measuring. Always measure twice and cut once.
Barrel chairs are incredibly comfortable little chairs that are generally used in a bedroom or as a comfortable to chair to read in. They have been made for over a hundred years and the design is still incredibly popular. Unfortunately anyone who owns one and loves it dearly will know that because it is used so much, at some point you will consider having it reupholstered or purchase a barrel chair slipcover.
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