Man oh man – there are tons of ways that the seat of a piece of furniture can be prepared. I just don’t have time to go into all of them. If you have questions about yours, feel free to ask.
I’ll give some pretty decent details about mine though.
I’ll say something else before we go too far because we are a woodworking community, They don’t make em like they used to. However, this frame is pretty good for having been constructed in the last 10 years or so. Mostly Solid oak. Decent joinery. Very sturdy. I’ll confess something – I picked these chairs out of a dumpster behind a donation center. They correctly assumed that no one would pay for the old ratty chairs. Me on the other hand – I tore the bottom off one of the chairs and said – YES!!!
That bit of white thing hanging off the front of the chair is called edge roll. More on that later.
The front of the arm meets the seat solidly. That will make this job easier when I get down to upholstering it. I knew that before I did all the sewing on the seat itself. In retrospect, it influenced how I put the seat together.
Take a closer look at the springs. Those are reinforced coil springs. Those coil springs are the best and I will dare say that they are better than the old ways. They take minutes to install and are ready to go. It used to take me half a day to install a coil spring base on a couch. That was enough time to upholster the body on 2 other couches.
I have to put some burlap over the springs so the padding will have something to rest against. Except – I don’t have any. I bought this super tough, super ugly fabric a few years back. It will out perform burlap and I paid about 20 cents a yard.
-- Thanks for all the lessons!