Renew with Reupholstery
Dressed in a skirt, this tufted chair emerges from the men's club to take a place in the bedroom or sitting room.
The button-tufted chair takes its cue from the leather-clad library standby, but fabric softens the traditional masculine look. The back is mantled with extra horsehair and cotton batting to create the proper depth for tufting. Extra-wide fabric is required to fashion the generous pleats connecting the faille-covered buttons.
Tufting on the seat matches that on the back and inner arms. Although tight seats such as this one are usually thin and firm, the tufting offers a bit of give. Like the other tight seat, this one is slightly rounded and protrudes beyond the apron, the chair's base.
Tufted Chair Skirt
A tufted chair typically has no skirt. To domesticate it, drop a skirt with kick pleats lined in a contrasting hue at the corners and center front. All the chairs' skirts were tailored to end about one inch above the floor to prevent the hems from gathering dust.
The tailoring technique of waterfalling, or draping, smoothes this chair's lines. With few seams to match, liberties can be taken with a pattern to make it fit almost any decor.
The curved profile of this chair's frame is emphasized by padding its back minimally. The seams are highlighted with baseball stitching, matching the thread and fabric for a more refined look. The throw pillow is sized for lumbar support and decorated with twin bands of ribbon.
The seat cushion used for this waterfall chair is filled with 100 percent goose down. A less costly alternative is a mix of down and feathers. The placement of the lowest pleat on the roll arm determines the thickness of the cushion; for a harmonious look, the cushion's baseball stitching aligns with this pleat.
The technically challenging process of waterfalling results in a streamlined effect. Here, a single piece of fabric wraps around the sides of the chair and the front of the apron and includes kick pleats at the front corners.
This style, with cushions, is a staple of English country houses but is also at home in a casual urban interior.
This cozy classic is most appropriate for a boudoir or a casual room in the country. Snug-fitting, T-shaped, down-filled cushions bolster the back and seat. The chair back and its cushion are four inches deep. The seat cushion is slightly more plump.
This classic overstuffed armchair has a seat softened by a fluffed-up, boxy cushion. Down makes the seat and back cushions invitingly accommodating and provides the ideal spot to curl up with a book. The cushion's edges are accented with one-eighth-inch contrasting piping.
This tightly shirred skirt was fabricated and hand-sewn to the upholstered apron, thus offering the option of removing it for a more tailored look. The custom until recently was to anchor skirts halfway down the apron. Here, the flounced skirt with contrasting trim falls directly from the base of the seat for a rich, full effect.
This chair, at once sleek and sumptuous, complements contemporary settings such as a loft.
The tight-back-and-seat easy chair is at once stripped down and elegant. The sleekest of styles, its snug upholstery is pieced together with all-but-invisible blind stitching, which enhances its seamless appearance. The back padding is filled out to five and one-half inches to achieve an overall grace of proportion. A throw pillow makes the deep seat even more comfortable.
The attached seat exhibits an "English" edge, bellying slightly beyond the apron, to echo the roll of the padded arms. Like the back, the seat is firmly upholstered with just a bit of bounce provided by a top layer of down. Because the seat is so deep -- 48 inches -- we added a Turkish pillow with piping and puckered corners.
The tight-back chair wears no skirt, showing off its turned-wood feet. These are stained deep walnut, to contrast with the light-colored fabric. Brass casters allow for ease of movement. The only ornamentation on the apron is a row of bronze nail heads in two sizes.
While these footstools echo the style of their companion armchairs, three of them were designed with additional ornamentation. The waterfall-style ottoman with a semi-attached cushion most closely matches its mate. The others have stiff tops, to stand in for a low table. The decorative details include a double row of studded nail heads; a full, tightly gathered skirt accented with a second, narrower ribbon; and closely spaced button-tufting.