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Re: Sinuous springs in antique sofa?

Posted By: Carol <Pinocckio@aol.com> (cache-ntc-ab09.proxy.aol.com)
Date: 5/9/3 21:41

In Response To: Sinuous springs in antique sofa? (Carol)

More info about that couch. Today I opened up the seat part of the sofa and found that there actually are coil springs in the seat. They are very large springs, though, and there is quite a space between them. I would imagine that I could improve the comfort by replacing those with better springs, more of them, and tying them together in 8 places (now tied in 4 places each). Above those springs is horsehair and sheets of cotton. My dad told me that he's very sure this sofa was made before the Civil War, but doesn't know the style or even the approximate date. Oh, that carved wood is beautiful. It's dark, but I'm planning on refinishing that, too. Also, will repair loose joints.

There are no springs currently in the back of the sofa.

Would love any advice. This is my first effort in upholstering, but I really want to do it myself. Thank you!

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