Asked on Dec 18, 2015

Redoing a chair- seeking alternatives

by Pam
Rather than replace a "rush" seat on an antique chair....what other alternatives do I have?
  11 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 18, 2015
    You have the option of painting the chair with fabric paint which is inexpensive to purchase.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Dec 18, 2015
    Hi Pam If the chair has a decent cane or rush seat, you can make or purchase a seat cushion to coordinate with the area where the chair is being used. Breuer Chair Company also makes a variety of drop-in replacement seats. Also, consider re-upholstery with a faux leather-like fabric that would cover the seat area and add a richness to contrast with the wood
  • Patricia Patricia on Dec 19, 2015
    tapestry tacks and a thick piece of leather cut to fit.
  • Sue longstreet Sue longstreet on Dec 19, 2015
    Remove rush replace with a piece of plywood upholstered and sit in place
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Dec 19, 2015
    Unless George Washington sat on it, rush seats are ridiculously expensive to have redone and i have never sat on one that was truly comfortable. Cut piece of plywood and staple a nice bold fabric (cushioned), screw it from underneath to frame.
  • Jean Myles Jean Myles on Dec 19, 2015
    Sue longstreet took the words right out of my mouth. Use some small brackets under the seat to screw it together .
  • CoastalBohemian CoastalBohemian on Dec 19, 2015
    If you don't mind something nontraditional and a bit funky, I wove several different materials together and it's a perfectly sturdy seat. people just love this chair .
  • Susan Hardy Susan Hardy on Dec 19, 2015
    You could reweave the seat with jute, nylon, or other strapping, available by the yard at most fabric stores. There are lots of tutorials on YouTube on how to do it and what hardware you would need.
  • Gail lichtsinn Gail lichtsinn on Dec 21, 2015
    reweave it with old leather belts
  • Pam Pam on Mar 04, 2016
    Husband took on project for Rush chair and it is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for all your ideas
  • Deb K Deb K on Aug 09, 2023

    Hi Pam, hope this helps you out. I had a cane seat rocker and it tore, my hubby used a jigsaw and cut a piece of plywood to fine which I painted the same color as the chair, I put a nice leather cushion over it.