anatomy of a chair

anatomy of a chair

the most challenging nursery project for me (other than trying to make decisions while a baby was eating my brain) was reupholstering the rocking chair. i’ve done my fair share of upholstery, but the simple stuff: chair seats, cushions, headboards. this particular chair had something like 19 different pieces, including plenty of piping and a couple behind the scenes upholstery tacking type of strips i’ve never laid eyes on…eek! full disclosure, the moment it came into my studio i felt like i had bitten off more than i could chew (which also meant that of course i would finish it and finish it well, as if to prove a point to the invisible audience that was watching me).

luckily, i started taking the chair apart the same night beej began his first ever handcut dovetail joints for the changing table, so at least the “biting off more than i can chew” feeling was shared throughout the house. we were discussing the difficulty of each of our projects, what parts worried us, what we were excited about, and where and how we would start. finishing the conversation, in true beej fashion, he says “just think about what a f*cking rockstar you’ll be the day you finish it”. i think that sums up the general fire behind taking on these projects, and wouldn’t you know it, 1 month, twenty something hours, thousands of staples, and a couple spools of thread later we are both feeling like f*cking rockstars.

here’s the anatomy of a chair, from a 30+ year old county blue snoozefest to a baby soft corduroy like chenille with contrasting buttons: