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September 25th, 2008

I was googling around trying to find a tutorial on how to DIY some cushions to start the process of fixing up my little thrifty mid century lounge chair and stumbled on some funny guides about mid century furniture.

The website Poetic*Home has an assortment of vintage guides, DIY idea, flea market inspiration, and fun little tutorials like:

The Savvy Guide to Buying Mid-Century Modern Antique Furniture

How to Tell if Your Mid-Century Modern Furniture is Faking It

(Poetic*Home also has a little vintage store on Etsy.)

Of course I love me some vintage mid century furniture and I’m always trying to fix up the pieces I find thrifting. It can be difficult to know exactly what to do (or not to do) when your trying to DIY a furniture restoration.

Here is a little guide with some basic ideas at House Beautiful called Midcentury Furniture Restoration and Care.

Which answered the question of what those cushions should be made of :

Q: What are cushions usually made of?

A: You don’t see much down filling on modern furniture. The typical filling is foam with a Dacron wrap. On occasion we’ll make a down cushion with a foam core, to raise the comfort level, but without spoiling the crisp look.

The orange cushions are really flat and saggy and it seems that I will need to make some new ones or add foam or whatever Dacron is. Also the webbing on the seat is all stretched and horrible and needs to be replaced. the DIY network had a nice little Upholstery Repair tutorial.

STRAPPY! This part makes me the most nervous.

I also need to find some fabric for when I make my new poofy foam cushions. Dream source is Knoll Textiles. Yummy.

My choices would be:

Classic Boucle Smoke (at $51 a yard –that’s a little out of my range)

Extreme Velvet ($40 bucks a yard and flameproof to the extreme!)

Mariner ($29 – not to shabby)

All in all, I really want the Classic Boucle! Anyone know of a good source for something similar?

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  1. Sebby on 09/25/2008:

    Really dig that chair! Is it danish or american? Canadian?

    Anytime “Boucle” shows up on the web-there I am. I love the stuff. I sell mid-century furniture reproductions at and offer most of my egg chairs, swan chairs and womb chairs in really cool boucle fabrics. People the love the stuff and Icant get enough.

  2. Grace@PoeticHome on 09/25/2008:

    What a fun post! Yes, foam is a good option for chair seats nowadays, and if you want additional support (as well as help your foam “breathe”), you can always add wool batting to give it support and structure.

    Oooh, I like your Classic Boucle Smoke option — it looks so comfortable to cuddle!

    Thank you so much for mentioning my guides 🙂

  3. Christina @ Pardon My Vintage on 09/27/2008:


    I found your blog through Decorno a while back, and I love all your thrifty posts!

    Question: any idea where to get new straps for a vintage wooden chair like the orange one you’ve got pictured? I’ve picked up two recently, but they’re pretty worn out.

  4. Corey on 10/01/2008:

    Now you have me crushing on the knoll fabrics too. I am trying to talk the queen into a getting a MCM teak sofa frame and doing the cushions ourselves, but she’s convinced this is too hard.

  5. megan on 09/21/2009:

    i've been reading some of your older posts but for future projects, try

    they have lots of left over Knoll fabrics and other manufacturers that make great textiles for mid-centrury furniture – like maharam or luna – at less than retail prices.

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