Be Seated Now Provides Custom Repair for All Types of Caned Furniture.
Choosing the Appropriate Type of Cane
The construction of the chair determines which of the two styles cane is used in the restoration. Both types will sustain significant weight loads how ever the pressure must be evenly distributed across the whole seat and not concentrated in one spot. Knees and tiny feet on seats means trouble!
Hand cane seats have holes that penetrate through the wood seat frame. Damaged seats are removed, the frame checked for integrity, and the finish is oiled to protect from water damage. The cane is soaked for flexibility, and then inserted a length at a time through each hole in a particular sequencing. To complete the pattern each perimeter hole has 6 strands of reed inserted through it and a final biding cane strip is attached around the perimeter thus hiding the initial wood holes.
Pre-Woven (Machine) Cane
Seats with pre-woven cane have a ridge around the perimeter of the open seat and holes do not penetrate the underside. Sheets of pre-woven cane are soaked, then pressed and glued in to grooved channels. A reed spline is then inserted into the ridge thus securing the sheet in place in combination with glue and pressure. When the seat dries and it shrinks and becomes tight enough to support substantial weight.
Be Seated Now restores upholstered pieces and strips all worn materials from the hardwood frame, checks the integrity of the structural components and re-braces weakened joints.
Then the re-layering starts with jute webbing, hand tying coil springs, a base layer of burlap is secured, and then multiple layers of horse hair, foam, and batting are repositioned or replaced as needed.
Finally, a layer of muslin, more batting, and your hand matched base fabric is applied.
Replacement cushions are customized to the chair’s shape and the customer selects the seat depth and preferred firmness. The many steps involved provide many years of comfort.