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Lilian Ware Armchair November 19th, 2018 - 17:46:40
We can be ever so rigid in our thinking at times. Armchairs and sofas go in the living room, don't they? That's where they've always gone. That's where we relax in front of the TV, open Christmas presents, and have lazy evening takeaways when we can't muster the energy to set up the dining room. It's where we entertain and relax.
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.
A continuing trend in modern furniture design has been the sacrificing of comfort for economy and space. While agreeing that those huge Victorian armchairs were really luxurious, designers today would argue that they would be very much out of place in a modern house, as well as being inordinately expensive. So, designers concentrate on producing chairs which can easily be mass produced and which fit contemporary tastes. Unfortunately of course, the result of such thinking is that most chairs manufactured now tend to merely ornament a room without being very comfortable.
It is possible to have cushions made up for you by professionals, but they are easy to make yourself from rubber and the covering of your choice.
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.
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.
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