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October 6, 2009

Ode to the Wingback

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ashley Hawthorne @ 7:00 pm

Wingback chairs are in that category of things I never really am drawn to, but once I stop and really consider it, they resonate well in a ton of interiors.  Traditionally they were designed to keep the heat from the fireplace around your body, and to cut down the drafts on your head and neck!  Crazy huh?  They are not as “loungy” as alot of today’s overstuffed comfy chairs, but that isnt necessarily a bad thing!  Sometimes you really want to stay awake and read or talk or hang out!  Wingback chairs give you a level of comfort that is between a dining chair and a loungy chair/ottoman combo.  PERFECT for a library/study/formal living area.  All this talking about our spare room got me thinking abour wingbacks and how they really do fill a niche in the home furnishings world.  Because wingbacks are a very traditional style, try pairing that shape with a contemporary fabric to give it a new life!  That being said, you can often find these chairs at thrift stores because they are a style that has been around for the ages.  Pick up an old wingback and give it a new life with one of the fantastic fabrics you can order online at places such as Calico Corners (my favorite online fabric resource!  you can order a “sample” that is large enough to make a good sized throw pillow for $7!)




  1. OMG thanks for sharing calico corners. I’ve been looking for fabric for some “fabric art” as well as throw pillows and curtains. I think I found something for every room!

    Comment by Amanda — October 6, 2009 @ 8:15 pm

  2. I LOOOOVE that site, Amanda! I have ordered so many $7 samples! they are huge! I am considering a fabric headboard in the guest room… more talk about that later!

    Comment by ashleysthoughts — October 6, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

  3. fabric headboards are super fun and as you know easy to do. brent and i made one for our guest room and then we just helped heather make one for hers.

    Comment by Laura — October 6, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

  4. Hi
    Such a fun web site! I’m learning so much… I can do simple upholstery but a recovering a wing back is way beyond my skill level. Is there a good/ well priced place to take my older than me to be recovered?

    Comment by Christy Hart — October 6, 2009 @ 11:00 pm

  5. fun stuff! I just bought an antique panel door that I’m going to turn into a headboard for our guest room. Can’t wait to see how a fabric headboard turns out!

    Comment by Amanda — October 7, 2009 @ 1:01 pm

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