Dad had a beautiful Captain’s Chair with an intricate woven cane seat and I inherited this chair when he passed away. As much as I adored this chair, my kids were also thrilled with it as it spins round and round and can tilt backwards into a reclining position. Think of it as the bucking bronco of chairs. Now I’m not naming any names, but somewhere along the line one of my darling children decided to jam a My Little Pony through the woven cane seat. Repeatedly. Until the intricate weave was broken into large gaping holes that all of Ponyville could merrily gallop through. *Sigh*
Eventually I admitted defeat and unplucked the remaining cane stubs, relinquishing the chair to the shed to deal with some other day.
I debated how I should fix it. On the one hand, I could learn how to weave cane. But that seemed like a lot of time and effort to invest when ultimately woven cane just won’t withstand the force of a 4 year old with a plastic pony (yes, I’m looking at you #2!).
I thought maybe I could staple large straps of upholstery webbing to the chair and then sew a box cushion to cover it. But that also seemed like a lot of work and I didn’t have all the materials I needed.
The winning method came down to simply using what I already had. I used a big piece of drawing paper to trace the seat shape.
I’d recently been given an old roll of memory foam and had stashed it in the shed for future furniture projects like this. I used my MDF cutout as a template to trace around and then cut the foam with a bread knife. When I assembled and tried out the new seat it didn’t feel soft enough so I went back and cut another layer of memory foam. The double layer of foam felt so much better!
Wrap the batting (or sheet) around the layers of foam and staple to the MDF. Trim the excess.
Choice of fabric for this seat was limited to a) something I already had, b) that was big enough to cover the seat and c) wasn’t floral. My only option was this boldly patterned, black and white, outdoor fabric. Perfect.
Then I simply put the cushioned seat onto the chair. It’s not screwed down or anything but it fits snugly and it’s quite heavy so I’m confident it will stay put.
It looks great and it’s super comfy so I’m planning on making a little reading corner in #1’s bedroom with it. I’m sure he’ll appreciate his grandad’s Captain’s Chair now that it’s fixed. All I need now is a tiny side table. I’ve probably got something in the shed …