Antique rocking chair identification
Rocking chairs have become a beloved, if not an indispensable part of any household. They make sitting in a chair a comfortable experience, whether watching television or reading a book. There is something indescribable about the experience of rocking a rocker. The soothing rocking motion is extremely relaxing and it lulls one into a state of relaxation. This is why many households, whether living in the country or in the city, have at least one rocker in each room.
Unfortunately, rocking chairs can also be quite heavy. So, instead of buying a brand new rocking chair, recycle an older one by reupholstering the entire seat panel. Reupholstering the whole seat panel takes some work, but is certainly a do-it-Yourself project even an amateur do-it-Yourselfer may well be able to accomplish. And, to save on shipping costs, one can often find a good quality chair at a garage sale or second hand store.
First of all, remove the old seat panel. It is usually easiest to remove the old fabric first, since this material tends to be rather difficult to work with. Using a staple gun or a staple stick will help the job go easier. Once the old fabric is removed, remove the staples that were used to fasten the fabric together.
Now, if you would like to use a different type of material for your rocking chair, you will need to purchase a replacement piece of fabric or a liner. Before you go out and buy a new liner or replacement fabric, though, it would be a good idea to take a little time to make sure that the old fabric that you are using is strong enough to hold the extra weight of the foam pieces. Test the strength of the fabrics by attaching a few weight points to the bottom of the foam pieces and wait a few cotton batting strands to them.
Once you have installed the new fabric or foam onto the chair frame, you can start stapling the excess fabric or foam onto the frame as you want. Use a staple gun to do this. If possible, mark where each staple will go to make it easier when you stitch the frame. Then, simply start stitching. You may want to add some double stitching at the beginning and end of the row to make sure the rows are held together. Once the stapling is done, it is time to attach the foam pieces to the chair.
If you have recently bought a new rocking chair, there is a good chance that the original one that you bought has not been properly reupholstered. This may mean that the springs inside the legs are worn and no longer work as they should. The best way to fix this is to replace the springs and put the old ones back in. Reupholstering a rocking chair is fairly simple if you follow the steps above. It is better to reupholster a single chair than an entire rocking room full of chairs, however.
When you have finished reupholstering the old rocking chair, you can put it away for a while until you need it again. A great idea for storing it is to put it under a large tarp or a piece of furniture. This will allow you to move the chairs around if you need to rearrange your home theater setup or other activities where you would normally have to move heavy furniture. Make sure that you protect the area from weather damage. It will be more likely to hold up under the rain and cold weather than just about any other surface.
Reupholster a rocking chair by using the same methods you would if you were to replace the foam padding. Start by stapling the seat panel to the back of the frame and using enough staples to hold it in place. If you do not want to staple the seat panel to the back of the frame then you can tape it from the inside using the same method you would tape plastic packages together. Once you have glued the foam into place, then take the same tacky tape the fabric to the frame. Use enough tacky tape to make sure the fabric is held firmly in place. You can now proceed to staple the fabric to the frame.