Repair Jute Webbing on Classic Furniture

Reinvigorate your classic furniture with this easy guide, complete with helpful photos.

December 31, 2013

By Amanda Brown

Spruce (Storey Publishing, 2013) may well be the only resource you need to upholster and refurbish your furniture. From the start of the project to its finish, Amanda Brown lends her expertise with easy to follow instructions and detailed photographs. In this excerpt from Chapter 3, the beginning stages of tying coil springs leads you into properly refurbishing the jute webbing of a Louis XVI chair.

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Refurbishing a Louis XVI Chair

Before springs, seats were padded with natural materials such as horsehair, cotton, and hay. It wasn't until the 1800s that coils were used to pad upholstered furniture. Initially, soft iron and poor tying techniques caused springs to lose resiliency and shift around with use, resulting in a lumpy and uncomfortable seat. Two centuries later, we've learned how to manipulate springs with an eight-way tie that anchors them in place, so they provide maximum support and comfort for many years.