Marla Flowers Armchair August 28th, 2018 - 09:42:52
Perhaps the greatest limitation on furniture design is the smallness of modern houses. To be comfortable, a chair must not only be well designed, constructed and padded, but also it must be fairly large. As few people can afford the space for a large suite of furniture, armchairs become increasingly smaller.
When choosing armchairs for small spaces you need to ensure the size of those armchairs don't dominate the overall proportions of the room they are intended for. It's not just the size either, but the style that you need to be careful of. When choosing armchairs for small spaces, ensure you choose armchairs with thin arms, freestanding legs rather than legs that are hidden by flaps of upholstery. And when it is a choice between curves and straight lines, forget about the curves - when you want to fit armchairs for small spaces, always go for clean straight lines. You may even consider choosing armchairs with no arms at all - that is bound to save you some space, albeit not a great deal but it will also trick the eye into believing there's more than there is.
Wood is used for the basic frame. Pine or some other softwood is suitable, but a satisfactory and cheaper alternative is 16mm plywood. As with most manufactured materials, there are different grades of plywood and you should choose a high quality type, such as Finnish birch, which takes a very good painted finish on both surfaces.
Two slots corresponding to those cut in the top edges of the side panels are made in the back panel. They are the same length 165mm. and are located 64mm. from, and parallel to, the short sides.
If you trawl through the enormous array of different styles that the various manufacturers, you may notice that most armchairs seem to lack in originality. The problem with many designers is they seem to forget people have to sit in the chairs and it's the act of sitting that inspires the design of the chair... not the other way around. Furthermore, the armchair is designed to be sat in with comfort in mind: where backs, buttocks and arms should be supported ergonomically to take the pressure off the muscles across the shoulders and lower neck.
Now cut the slots in the side panels. There are two on each: one houses the back panel and the other houses the seat panel. Make the slot for the seat panel first. This slot, which is 16mm wide, runs at angle, from a point about halfway down the front edge, to a point 368mm from the front edge. To mark it in exactly, first draw a point on the front, short edge, 267mm from the top long edge. With a protractor set at 86° mark in the angle at which the seat panel meets the front edge of the side panel. Then use the two marked points to draw in a line extending 368mm from the front short edge of the side panel. This line marks the proposed location of the upper surface of the seat panel. To mark out the correct width of the slot, draw another point 16mm from that already marked on the front short edge of the side panel and, with the aid of a protractor, draw another line parallel to the first and 16mm from it.