Updating a 1940s Kroehler Rocker

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I knew it was bound to happen sooner or later. My chance to update a Kroehler rocker has come at last. You may have seen these chairs around…my step-dad has one in his man-cave. I see them listed on Kijiji often. And, unfortunately, I see them curb side on garbage day once in awhile.

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I’ve been wanting the chance to upholster one for a long time, to see if these old-fashioned chairs could be made a tad more contemporary.

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Stripped down, the chair looks like this.

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It’s got a nicely curved side that I wanted to simplify. It was previously a little choppy looking, with the piping dragged to the back this way.

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I started, by adding a thick layer of bonded polyester.

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And I made a capped seat with piping.

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Here’s the shot of the side. The side border was created in one piece, which I think makes it look cleaner.

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Once the arms are back in place, it looks quite sophisticated. What do you think? Does it look more contemporary with the new changes?

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