5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY A BUTTERFLY CHAIR COVER
5 things you need to know before you buy a BKF seat
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are considering to buy a BKF seat from a manufacturer, you should make sure that the quality is made to last. If you are considering leather for example, make sure the is good enough. Is it vegetable tanned? Or chrome tanned? If it’s the latter, chances are that your furniture will not be strong enough. Read this article about why Italian leather is still the best if you want good information about leather
3 ideas on what to do with your old butterfly chair frame
If you are an experimenter, you should try to make your own cover. There are many great and free DIY guides and patterns on google on how to make your own butterfly chair cover. This can turn out to be quite fun and exciting.
Some people have become emotionally attached to their old structure. If you are one of those, it doesn’t matter what I say about comfort, quality or originality. Your frame is your frame and there is not a chance in the world that I will convince you to change it for a new one. If you are in love with your old structure, you should try to go out there and find the seat that fits it. There are some companies that can tailor make your seat for you.
You should consider the idea of recycling your old structure and buying a new one instead. After all, as I have explained in this article, an old structure is after all only an old structure. It was not manufactured with special care for you. You do not need to think that your old frame will be a waste. As I said earlier, it is thanks to your old structure that you have discovered one of the most beloved chairs of the 20th century. Undoubtedly, there is a deep level of connectivity between your old BKF and your new one.
This design has outlasted every major design trend since it saw its first light. It has been in the trendy homes of the world for 70 years. If you love the design, you should buy a new model that has been made to last 70 more years. To do so, look for a high quality leather butterfly chair.