Saturday, January 3, 2015

Eastlake / Victorian Platform Rocker - Floral Striped Fabric

This was a beautiful antique walnut rocking chair, done in the Eastlake style, but with some Victorian details. I especially like the fine reeded rails.

The fabric on the chair was worn, and the seat was starting to come apart, but the client wanted to keep the chair looking as close as possible to the same as what she had. I think we were able to find a very good match to her old fabric, and the finished chair looks great.

Before: (note that the platform had already been removed at this point)

While taking the chair apart, we found this:

The general style and quality seemed to say "Made in Europe" but the above photo confirmed this quite clearly.

The seat had been "repaired" or reinforced with an additional layer of later burlap.

Under this was the original edge roll, and the original (wonderfully striped) burlap.

Springs and the very tired/stretched webbing.


And the finished chair. The fabric isn't the same as the original, but it's the same colours, with similar florals.


  1. Hello, I am recovering a rocker very similar to this. Do you have advice for getting the fabric taught and smooth when it's all one continuous piece? You did a beautiful job, and I could use some tips. Thanks in advance.

    1. Being able to properly place and tension the fabric is part of the skills learned in upholstery. I can only give some fairly vague details. I'd maybe refer you to view online videos and tutorials, but not all of them are good. The top tip I'd give is that you want the fabric tight, but not so tight that it's all puckered at the edges. Generally, when you pass your hand down along the fabric (back to front or side to side) you don't want it to have a bunch of loose bunchy fabric gathering in front of your hand (minimal amount).

    2. Thanks for your reply!! I was wondering, did you use one continuous piece of fabric for the whole chair front? Or separate pieces for the seat and the back? I can't seem to find any videos addressing this question.

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