Hand Cane

 Does your foam need to be replaced?

Since there are different qualities of foam, there is not a specific length of time that can be used as a guide to let you know when to replace your foam. Foam is expensive, so depending on the size, the foam insert can cost more than a custom made cover. A good quality foam will last a long time, so you should not have to buy the foam insert again for 12-20+ years (depending on use). Therefore, as your tastes change, you will only have to change the fabric when you decide to redecorate again. If the cushion is still comfortable to you then you can probably wait. Remember that the foam can be changed at any time, so if the foam has a few more years of life, than you can simply buy a new piece of foam in a few years. However, if it is beginning to have a rounded front edge, become powdery, or if the seat foam doesn't offer you the support that you need to feel comfortable then you are probably ready for new foam.


Fabric Durability

How many double rubs do I really need?

Here is an article that can help you decide.


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Pressed Cane

Pressed cane is can that is made in sheets using a machine. The cane is then cut to size to fit the chair, and pressed into a groove that follows the perimeter of the opening, instead of drilled holes. The cane is then held in place with reed spline, and glue. This technique looks similar to hand caning in pattern, (and also comes in many variations), but the cane sits in a groove, rather than being woven through a series of holes in the frame.

Chair Cane

Cushions are not a one style fits all.  The cushions on the left are referred to as 'knife edge cushion', and they have a single seam around the perimeter.  Knife edge cushions are usually 1" - 2" thick, and are found on chair seats.  The blue cushion on the right is a 'boxed' cushion.  It has two seams, and a boxing that create a frame for more formal and thicker cushions.  Boxed cushion are found on large pieces of furniture, and large window seats.

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Strand, or hand caning, is the most well known of the seat weaving designs and patterns. The pattern is accomplished through a seven step procedure that requires the weaving of individual strands of cane through holes drilled in the perimeter of the seat.  This is a very tedious, and time consuming process, but will create a strong and durable pattern when completed.