Danish Cord Seat Replacement June 22 2015

When we came across a lovely set of Danish dining chairs designed by Arne Hovmand Olsen, we knew we had to have them, despite the fact that their seats were all but gone.

The existing seats were made of split cane, and we could have replaced these like-for-like, but instead we decided to use the traditional seat covering for Danish-made dining chairs: Danish cord.  Danish cord looks like a form of thin rope, but it's actually made from twisted paper, which means it's very strong and doesn't fray.

The cord is attached to the frame using "L" shaped nails.  If replacing an existing cord seat it should be possible to re-use most of the existing nails, but as our chairs were previously caned, our first job was to hammer new nails into position.

Once the frame was nailed up, we began by stretching parallel cords from the front to the back of the chair.

The spacing between each row is determined by the position of the nails.  It is then held in place by  winding the appropriate number of lines of cord between the rows.

With the front-to-back rows in place, we then wove in the seat by running a continuous line of cord side-to-side across the chair.

The closer to the back you come, the tighter everything gets and the harder it becomes to weave... but eventually we got all the lines in place and secured, giving us a beautiful new seat.

If you have chairs with seats that need replacing, please contact us and we'll be happy to assess and quote to re-weave them with Danish cord.