By Romaine Delage. Barrel Chair. Published at Friday, December 22nd, 2017 - 19:22:44 PM.
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.
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.
Many designs with a little but noticeable difference in the standard these chairs are available both on the internet and in the furniture stores. With the passage of time, these chairs have also undergone many changes. Primarily made of wood, these chairs are nowadays fabricated in many other materials too like plastic or some alloys. Now, they are lighter and easier to carry than the olden times. The perforated back design to the back which was implemented quite late in the chair has become very common recently. The adjustable barrel chairs with a score of different kinds of fabric cushioned designs can be seen at many homes giving that contemporary look to the room.
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