Published on February 8th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Side chairs into mid-century-ish club chairs

Tim gives a new mid-century twist to these side chairs.

“I’m not sure what the Ikea name for these side chairs is, but they were old and wobbly and the back legs were breaking off. I made a simple base out of 2×10′s and used the original arms from the ikea chair as a curvaceous way to hold up the back and keep it strong. My wife, Susan, stitched up …

… the leather slip covers based on the old (removed) ones. She actually used some leather from a discarded Ikea leather upholstery sample. Now they’re comfortable, low armless loungers.”

the old Ikea armchair

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Jules Yap

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15 Responses to Side chairs into mid-century-ish club chairs

  1. JeanB says:

    I absolutely love the reupholstery – if I had any needle & thread talent I’d be copying this in a heartbeat.

  2. Trey says:

    Looks great, it is all good, leatherwork and woodwork. I think we need to stop by and see how they feel.

  3. m.winter says:

    These are simply stunning! They would even work well in a bowling alley or bowling room!

  4. Jenny says:

    You should see what Tim can do with an old iron and a lightbulb! He is the McGyver of interior design and furniture. Susan is a super talented seamstress, obviously. Kudos to you both! JR

  5. Lisa says:

    WOW! I can’t decide if my favorite part of the design is the leatherwork or the way they used the original arms as arches in the back. These are awesome!

  6. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    Lovely. Simply lovely work.

  7. Marjeral,

    You should also know that talented Tim and his (equally talented) wife, while not residents of Austin, have a very good friend who resides there — me! I think Tim should make some more furniture and load up a van and his wife and VISIT HIS FRIEND in Austin! Maybe if you can convince him that he needs to come to Austin to sell his cool furniture, then he would. Whaddya say?

  8. Tim says:

    I’m a wine maker on Virginia. My wife makes roller derby accessories (google “Derby Vixen”). I do stuff like this for fun and because I’m cheap.
    Thanks for the kind words everyone. And thanks to Jules for this great site

  9. Anonymous says:

    Nice work. Way to think outside the box

  10. Anonymous says:

    Wow! Very impressive! Bravo.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I agree. Best hack yet!

  12. majeral says:

    oh my!! what great work. please tell me you do this for a living? This so very professional looking. Do you live near Austin Texas? (sigh)_

  13. Ryan says:

    This is great. The best ‘hack’ I have seen since subscribing to this blog. Well done.

  14. V says:

    wow. this is seriously the best hack i’ve seen on here in quite some time. nice work!

  15. Swati says:

    This is creative!

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