Rocking chair visually and technically restored


Often belongs to a genetic material an old rocking chair. Also at flea markets are always nice, but mostly come in the years, copies. Thorough and loving restorations will again create radiant jewelery. Both the optics and the static stability should be considered.

Three workspaces

The restoration of a rocking chair is ideally divided into three working phases:

  • Stability and statics
  • Appearance and appearance
  • Comfort and seating comfort

The two common materials that make rocking chairs are wood or rattan or bamboo. Material combinations are common, such as wooden frames with braid covers of seating and Lehnflächen.

Technical inventory

First, the rocking chair is tested. According to the three working phases, a constructional assessment is the starting point for the restoration. For this, answers to the following questions should be found to plan the cost of a repair and the intervention options:

  • Are all strips, struts and pipes harmless
  • Are component connections such as screwing, sizing and winding undamaged
  • Is the rocking chair warped or is the rocking behavior stable?
  • Are the runners at the bottom smooth and functional?
  • Do covers and braids have damage or are susceptible to tearing?
  • Reinforcements or rails can be mounted to increase stability
  • Can be provided with suitable spare parts and accessories

Optical inventory

Also for the visual appearance and the condition we recommend a questionnaire, which leads to planning solutions during the restoration:

  • Can the frame be sanded or stained?
  • Can a pad be cleaned
  • Must upholstery or seating and Lehnflächen be redone
  • How to apply new paint by brushing or spraying

Additions and improvements

When refurbishing and restoring, the rocking chair can also be equipped with extended and new equipment features:

  • Reinforce firm padding with foam pads
  • Sew chair covers or cushions
  • Apply rubber, metal or plastic rails as runners
  • Individual multi-color or painting
  • Padding of the backrest upholstery or upholstery-free installation

Tips & Tricks

When you encounter damage in the body of a bamboo and / or rattan rocking chair, synthetic resins are an effective tool. With resins you can "fill in" chippings and cracks. With transparent resin, natural textures are preserved and do not need to be painted over.


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