5 things you need to know before buying a Butterfly Chair cover
You need to read this before you buy a butterfly chair cover
Imagine a perfect butterfly chair in your home. By the time you finish reading this article, you will be in a better position to make that dream become a reality.
If you are not already the owner of an old butterfly chair, this article is not suitable for you. Instead, you will want to click on the button below to find a new butterfly chair.
Find a new butterfly chair
There are many things to consider regarding the classical masterpiece that you probably didn’t know. If you are planning to buy new upholstery for your old butterfly chair frame, keep reading.
The obvious reason why everybody looks for a butterfly chair cover
You probably have an old butterfly chair frame at home that you have inherited from your parents. I remember that my grandmother used to have one of these fantastic pieces of furniture in her home.
The Butterfly Chair, BKF or Hardoy Chair is one of the most famous chair designs of the 20th Century. Designed originally in 1938 by three architects that gave it its name, the chair quickly became considered a masterpiece. It was later mass produced in many factories around the world during the 50s. It was the ultimate armchair for young, long haired, rebellious kids that wanted to sit in a different way. Millions of armchairs found their way to teenagers’ rooms across the globe. One of them probably ended up in your parent’s or grandparent’s room as well. It is most likely this chair that has brought you to this article.
As time went by, the upholstery began to lose its luster. The frame that was made of solid steel is still intact even today because it was made of solid steel. The upholstery was made of materials ranging from plastic to leather however. These materials began to crumble in one way or another and most of them are in fact useless today. So what do you do when you have inherited an old butterfly chair frame? You obviously look for a new butterfly chair cover.
Before you do however, there are a few things you have to consider. Here are five things you need to know before you make your purchase.
5 things you need to know before you buy a BKF seat
It probably won´t fit your structure; a risk you don´t want to take
As mentioned earlier, countless manufacturers made versions of this chair with different materials. Different versions also meant different sizes. If you have an old structure and are thinking of buying a matching cover, chances are it won’t fit. It will probably be either too small or too big. Whichever the case, it will not be the same thing as the armchair in its old glory days. In the worst case, it might even turn out to be ugly or impossible to sit in.
Unfortunately your piece is not an original
You might be looking for new upholstery because you think the structure is an original. Old as your butterfly chair frame is, it might be worth a lot of money if only polished and matched with an appropriate seat, right? Unfortunately, it isn’t.
As mentioned in our previous article about the BKF, your piece is unfortunately not an original butterfly chair. If you are looking for a new upholstery because you think your frame is original, you are probably up for a disappointment.
Don´t fool yourself thinking you will save money by only buying leather
I often get questions from customers that want to buy our vegetable tanned leather to save money on a whole BKF. They have fallen in love with our materials and they think that the structure is the most expensive part of the furniture. If so, restoring an old Hardoy chair would be very cheap, wouldn’t it? The problem is that it’s not a correct assumption. In fact, the frame is quite inexpensive in comparison with the seat. This is at least true for any cover made of a premium quality material. If you don’t care so much about the quality of the seat, it shouldn’t be impossible for you to find a cheap solution for fixing your old BKF.
They are not all comfortable (Watch the video below)
Which one do you think looks the most comfortabe?
As a good design blogger once told me, a BKF is a lounge chair. You are in other words supposed to lounge in it. For hours and hours preferably. To do this you need to have a BKF that is comfortable. The problem with many old versions of the piece of furniture is that they are not. Most of them are way too small for a modern human being to sit in. I don’t know why the old Hardoys are so small. Perhaps the chairs were smaller because the average height was somewhat shorter than today, or maybe they were just smaller because they were bought for young teenagers’ rooms.
Whatever the reason, I do not think it is a very good idea to lose your hair in search of a matching butterfly chair cover to your old frame. Not when you can buy a new, comfortable BKF instead.
Do not cross the river to fetch water, as my father always says.
Watch the video below and you will know what I mean with comfortable butterfly chair.