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11-20-2011 07:50 AM

My next project is going to be to design a chair. I was wondering what people have found to be comfortable attributes of wooden chairs, upholstered and not. Sources and images would also be great!

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-- Byron Conn, Woodworking/Furniture Design at Rochester Institute of Technology,

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#1 posted 11-21-2011 12:03 AM

I’ll start out with my main beef about chairs, like the rocking chair I sit in all the time. The fron edge of the seat should have a pretty good radias, like an inch or more. That sharp corner is uncomfortable on the back of your legs. One of these days I’m going to bring in my router and fix it. Actually chairs should be sized to the person if possable, things like the back of the knee to floor distance and from the back of the knee to the back (front surface) of the chair. Arm hight, width and length. Even where the hight of the bach should stop. Ok so I’m dreaming I want a chair that fits like a good suit. Honestly though, I worked with a guy once and he was like almost 7’ tall and said he would just love a chair that was so big his legs would dangle and not touch the floor. Well you can build chairs or you can build CHAIRS.

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#2 posted 11-21-2011 01:13 AM

If you look, you can find standards for chair dimensions. They vary a little for casual chairs versus dining chairs versus formal chairs.

For me, a key dimension is the angle of the back. Dining chairs and formal chairs need to be more vertical than casual chairs.

Below you will see a formal chair that I made for our church chancel. The back is 6 degrees off of vertical and the seat is 6 degrees off of horizontal. Those are not comfortable angles – but pastors should not be comfortable(?).

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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