I hope this post will be useful. Often I come across chairs that are in good condition but the seat is rush and I had always thought they were difficult to change so I pass them up. Not any more!
I bought a few chairs with rush seating with the intention of figuring out how to change them and showing everybody the process.
So first of all- what is a rush seat? This is:
It is a woven chair seat usually from naturals materials. The style is more rustic or country and it is very durable. This was woven on to a seat frame which is then inserted into the chair. Traditionally, rush seating was woven on to the frame of the chair- something like this:
Just in case you are interested…..
Because the material was woven on to a frame I was able to simply cut it off. Luckily the frame was in good condition so I was able to re use it.
The first step was to add webbing to the frame to support everything.
I pulled the webbing tight, which reminds me that I need to find a webbing stretcher!!) then stapled it down and weaving everything while doing it.
Then on top of the webbing I added a layer of coconut husks. I am not sure if I written about this before? In Europe it is possible to buy by the metre coconut husks that have been flattened and formed- this is created specifically for upholster purposes and usually replaces where horse hair would have been used.
Next, I added a layer of foam and then a layer of batting:
The next step is, of course, to staple the fabric down and then on the under side I covered up the guts 😉 :
This is the final result!
Here is the before of the seat in case anybody is curious!
Much better! Now I am not going to pass up a rush seat again.