If you are a fan of the “Cottage Look”, then you might want to consider adding a Ladderback Chair to your furnishings. Cottage-style decorating is a mix and match style – allowing great freedom in combining flea-market finds with family treasures and modern pieces of furniture. Ladderback Chairs have a clean and simple design, which makes them one of my most favorite types of seating. They can be found in many variations – from a simple Shaker design to one consisting of French Provincial flair.
The seats of Ladderback Chairs have many looks. Some are made out of plain wood; others are constructed with cane, and others may be weaved with rush, splint, cord, etc. If you are looking for them in an antique store, or a flea-market, don’t be surprised if the seats are worn and in need of replacement. Personally, I like a little age to my pieces – but there are times when the seat is simply worn out and needs to be replaced. You can get them professionally repaired, or if you like DIY projects, learning how to weave a rush seat is not that difficult to do.
While some Ladderback Chairs might not be all that comfortable because of their age or lack of cushioning, that problem can be easily fixed with store-bought cushions. Comfortable cushioning is available in a wide array of colors, so finding one that suits your fancy and decor should be easy. It has been my experience that the most comfortable and useable cushions possess the non-slip backing, have slightly rounded corners, and can be easily washed.
In the end, Ladderback Chairs are simple and unpretentious. They take up very little room, and create a feeling of down-home cottage comfort. Ranging from simple chairs to adorable Porch Swings, you can even find chairs that are unfinished. By purchasing unfinished chairs, you can custom stain or paint them to match your existing decor. Your possibilities are endless. I hope you can find room in your home for one or two of these nostalgic chairs. They will prove to be a household treasure for many years to come!