Published at Saturday, August 03rd 2019. by samuel afrid in Wingback Chairs.
When you add up the costs, you must make sure that the wing chair has both the beautiful lines, and the caliber of basic construction to warrant the total cost. If you follow these tips, and find that vintage chair, looking at what it can become, you’ll very likely never regret your purchase. Recovering most modernly constructed chairs, is a waste of money. Buying any used chair, without considering the total cost before purchasing can lead to many moons, spent in the presence of someone else dastardly fabric choices. (You could, in fact, end up like me, with a beautifully made chair, that has remained in its truly awful original celery green, cheap velvet for 12 long years. Fortunately (??) 12 years later, always buy fabulous wing chairs that are from the time when beautiful furniture was meant to last.
A wingback chair can make an eye catching desk companion. It not only looks impressive, but it is also a comfortable place to park yourself while working. And the curves play well against the desk lines and angles. Find a seat with low enough armrests to allow you to belly up comfortably to your paperwork. Thanks to its height and stately presence, a single chair can give purpose to a hard to define space. Case in point A little used corner of a room becomes a reading nook when a wingback is flanked by a floor lamp and a petite side table. Angular, mid century mod designs look cutting-edge when placed in sleek rooms verging on monochromatic.
Sometimes first impressions are not the most important. Color and fabric can be distracting. Look past them because those can be changed. You should love the lines, the shape of the chair, or do not buy it. The guts of a chair are difficult to ascertain for certain. Eight way hand tied coils may not be visible but the burlap webbing that is their base may be visible from the underside. When you cannot see the guts of the chair from the outside, you must use other means to assess the chair’s internal quality. Look for a manufacturer mark, tag, stamp on the underside of the chair. Turn that puppy upside down. You have to if you do not want to buy blind. Who the manufacturer is can tell you a lot about the caliber of the materials & construction method used, under the surface.
Beyond a more open structure than its predecessor, another notable update of the wingback chair was the addition of curves. A departure from Puritanism, which in many ways sought to shield natural femininity, the introduction of curves in this case, a curved back, wings, and cabriole legs paralleled other post Puritan celebrations of the female form, such as corsets and peplums in fashion in the day.
There is something about these chairs that screams boudoir, especially when the style in question is an exceptionally curvy black and white design. If you are lucky enough to have a spacious closet, stick it in there, and you will be sitting pretty while slipping on your shoes. Or create a lounge area in one corner of your room that is perfect for curling up with a good book. Feminine versions of this chair play well with luxe run your toes through it rugs, upholstered accents like headboards or ottomans, and light fixtures.
The wing chair, which was first known as the easieor cheeked chair, is generally upholstered and has a high back, a low seat, and signature side pieces. The distinguishing feature of a wing chair is these side pieces also known as wings, cheeks, or lugs which are mounted to the back of the chair and often, but not always, stretch down to the armrest. Originally designed as a fireplace companion, wing chairs were created to protect the sitter from cold drafts (which were common before 20th Century central heating and insulated glazing came around), as well as to trap the heat from a roaring fire.
Here a pair of wingbacks with a contemporary shape looks fabulous with side benches. Wingbacks may not be a great option for messier folks. A wingback is a bit heftier than your average dining chair and will require your putting your hands on the upholstered armrests to scoot up to and away from the table. Make sure your upholstery fabric choice is durable. You will probably want to apply a stain guard. If you are considering wingbacks at the table, make sure the arms of the chairs clear the bottom of your tabletop, as shown here. Otherwise the sitter will be banging into the table and yo will ruin both your chairs and your table. People also will be dining while teetering on the front edge of the seat.
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