Franken-Chair Reveal

March 25, 2016 | Before & After, DIY

Once upon a time, long, long ago, I decided to reupholster and combine 2 antique chairs.


Ok so probably more like almost 6 months ago, but it feels like forever.  Well, aside from a few minor tweaks left Franken-Chair is finally done and functioning!


And Charlie Bear couldn’t be happier.  Seriously.  I have to fight with this little fuzzball practically every time I need to sit down and work.


Franken-Chair took far longer than it should have to reupholster and isn’t the picture of perfection that I was hoping for, BUT it’s comfortable, functions the way I had hoped, and isn’t an eyesore anymore.  I guess I can consider that a win!


After my upholstering success with my other antique chair, I got a little cockier than I should have with Franken-Chair.  I thought I could rely on my sewing skills, but I forgot to take into consideration how the foam and curves would affect how the fabric stretched and attached to the frame.  I now understand why the original chair was upholstered in vinyl.  With a chair like this, a fabric that you can stretch to your needs is ideal.  Otherwise you end up with lots of wrinkles that cannot be avoided no matter how hard you try (and trust me, I tried!).


I was tempted to try to photoshop all of the fabric wrinkles out of my images so I could have pinterest perfection, however that wouldn’t be real.  I want you to learn with me for better or worse.  Eventually I’ll hand this chair over to the pros and get it all done perfectly, properly, and in a way that will last for years.  Until then, however Franken-Chair is a pretty decent temporary solution if I do say so myself.


Not perfect, but who says it has to be.  Keepin’ it real guys.  Have you had any projects go a bit differently than planned but still work out in the end?

7 thoughts on “Franken-Chair Reveal”

  1. Not perfect, no, but I think it looks awesome! Just tell yourself that anything with fabric is prone to wrinkles. 🙂 The seams and piping look great!

  2. That is so cute!!! I am so glad you keep it real!! So many other blog projects are to perfect and to me not achievable. Love your DIY and flips..

  3. You saved my life. I have one of these chairs and want to re-upholster it and didn’t know where to start. The irony is I was looking for an entirely different piece of information. Googles great but I didn’t even know it was called a Franken chair. thank you so much for your time and the poost. Really appreciated.

    1. I named it Franken-chair since i spliced 2 chairs together. The chair is a reproduction Eames executive arm chair. You can check on google for the Eames dimensions to see if you have an original ($$$) or just a reproduction. Also it could say Knoll if it’s an original (the manufacturer). Good luck!!

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