2.11.2009

Simple Webbed Seating - Shaker Style

A popular topic on the website is home decor and DYI projects; which just happens to be what this mornings article is about!

Shaker style furniture is simple and comfortable but also an interesting way to refinish or repair a chair you've found at a garage sale, or maybe even in your own attic. I found this idea in one of my favorite 'old' home decorating book ideas almost 9 or 10 years ago called "Weekend Projects".

Although I never tried this one, I saved it as an idea because I knew I could use the basic premise of it to re-weave outdoor chairs if I needed to. Today I'm happy to share it with my readers and hope it inspires you to brighten up your dining or living room with a simple Shaker style chair.

*Canvas Tape
*Small nails or upholstery tacks or staples
*hammer
*scissors
*1.5" foam pad cut to the size of the seat

Fold the edges of each of your tape pieces over before attaching them to the chair to ensure they don't fray and to help them remain stable.

You'll work with the tape that runs from the front of the seat frame to the back, first. Fold over the end of the main color tape you are using (the photo uses blue) and nail it against the edge of the back of the frame next to the chair back. Wrap it up and over the back pull it forwards the front, pulling it snug and taunt, underneath, up and over, and run it to the back again. Continue to wrap the back until the back rung is filled. You now should have your seat cover completely covered in canvas tape.

Insert your seat cushion between the layers.

Now you are going to weave in your second color. This one runs from side to side. Fold over the edge of the lighter color tape, nail it under the rung on the right or left side of the chair, at the front, snug against the right leg post. Wrap the tape up and over the side rung and weave it in and out of hte contrasting tape you've already attached. (This is where those paper weaving skills from 2nd grade come in handy.)

Weave your tape under the seat pad as well, not on top of it. You can design your own pattern by going over 2, under 1, or over 1, under 2, etc. as you want. The photo below uses an over two, under one pattern alternating positions every other row.


When you get to the end, cut the tape, turn under the hem again and nail it or attach it securely to the wooden rung.

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