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RipFence

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03-18-2018 12:17 AM

Hi Guys:
I’ve just finished a pair of Stickley Bow-Arm Morris chairs and now I’m looking for options for the cushions. Today, it occurred to me to check with sellers of Amish Morris Chairs to see if they would sell me cushions. A couple of web sites have the whole chairs for ~$900 so the cushions can’t be too much if they will sell them separately. Will have to get the exact dimensions from them but this seems like it might be a simple solution. Any of you done this? Or would you care to share other options for ready made cushions?
Thanks,
Jim


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ArtMann

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#1 posted 03-18-2018 12:44 AM

I hired an upholsterer to make the cushions for my Morris chair. He is a friend and already had enough left over from another job to finish it. I can’t remember the cost but it was a bargain. Here is a photo.

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#2 posted 03-18-2018 01:07 AM

I just had a professional upholsterer make the seats for 4 chairs I built. It wasn’t cheap but I want the upholstery to match up with the craftsmanship I put into the woodworking and I freely admit I don’t know a darn thing about upholstery so I am happy to pay for high quality fabrics and upholstery work.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 03-18-2018 01:47 AM

Rip ~ X2 on using local businesses as much as possible.

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#4 posted 03-18-2018 01:51 AM

DIY?
If cushion is simple shape (square, rectangle, circle) without any special outline, They are easy to make by any seamstress that can sew the thickness of fabric you want on their machine. I can hit the fabric store with my wife, pick out fabric, buy some foam, and a couple of days later I have spiffy new cushions.

If you want leather or extra thick fabrics not found in fabric stores, hire someone.
It takes a heavy duty machine to sew those fabrics. Wife always says, buy me a new $3500 machine and I can make them.
(hmm, where I have heard that before?) LOL
Suggest you talk to local auto upholstery shops? They seem to work cheaper than furniture restoration places when I only need cushions. Honestly, fabric pricing is worst part. I can buy rosewood cheaper per foot than what some of the upholstery places charge for materials.

YMMV

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LittleShaver

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#5 posted 03-18-2018 02:46 PM

I made a set of Morris Chairs and matching ottomans about 15 years ago. Professional upholstery for all in high end leather set me back $1400.

-- Sawdust Maker

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RipFence

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#6 posted 03-18-2018 04:17 PM

Thanks for all the input guys. I probably didn’t give enough background. When I said I was looking for options what I meant was: 1) I have found a supplier of furniture quality foam in my area 2) I have been to all the fabric stores in town as well as Tandy and various web sites 3) I have found a local leather guy who will make the cushions if I supply all the materials 4) I have also talked to local upholstery shops about doing the whole thing or making cushions from the materials I supply. I’ve done my homework.
But, as I wrote in the original post, I had the idea of maybe buying ready made cushions and wondered if anyone else had looked into that. If you have purchased ready made cushions or tried but couldn’t make it work, I’d love to hear your experiences.
Cheers,
Jim

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RipFence

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#7 posted 03-19-2018 07:25 PM

Update:
I reached out to several websites that sell Amish made Morris Chairs. Most will not sell cushions except as replacements for chairs they made. One got back to me with a price of ~$400 for fabric and $624 for leather for each chair. That’s more than I would pay for custom made here in town.
So much for that idea.

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#8 posted 03-19-2018 08:22 PM

Here’s a blog I did about Morris Chair upholstery. The more you know about upholstery, the better equipped you’ll be to ask the right questions (even if you do hire it out).
http://lumberjocks.com/pintodeluxe/blog/40450

I have since purchased a walking foot machine, and do all my own leather upholstery. Fun stuff.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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RipFence

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#9 posted 03-20-2018 12:56 AM

Very cool! Thanks PintoDeluxe!

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