Changing the Shape of a Chair

Do you struggle sometimes to see past the old exterior of a chair? To help myself visualise, I often mock up chairs in photoshop to show the desired shape. I also do this when I’m helping clients choose second hand furniture for their home and last year I started doing it for students too. I think it’s a great way to see past the ugly original fabrics. My photoshop skills are pretty lame, but I see it as a sort of sketch rather than a polished look. Here are a few I’ve done for clients, students and myself.

Design Concept JS

1. Here’s a 70’s metal frame with a caned back. I can see a nice wool fabric on this one. You can just about see what they actually look like in background.


2. Here’s one I did for my student. She wanted to slimline the arms on this tub chair.

Chair Idea

3. This was for Homes and Antiques Magazine back in 2012 (trying to work out if my photoshop skills have improved since then!)


4. Here’s one I did when coming up with some furniture ideas for Poppy England – definately went through a mustard stage..

Chair Design

5. I did this one for my hubby’s office, in his logo colours. We ended up doing a Skandart chair though.

In addition to this I also scour the internet for similar shapes and styles of chairs for students and clients. Its a great way to motivate and inspire when you are bogged down with the labour intensive springing and tying in stuffing stage.


About Vicky Grubb

Once a kitchen table Upholsterer, now a fully fledged tutor, author and hoarder of vintage fabrics. My Upholstery studio is based in Bournemouth, Dorset, where I live with my husband and two tinkers.

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