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:
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?