The wibbly-wobbly chair of joy


The first time I saw this chair in the charity shop where I volunteer I took one look at it and then ignored it for the rest of the day. It was upholstered in piccalilli-coloured dralon and was more than my eyes could bear but you should never judge a chair by its upholstery so the second time I saw it I sat on it. Within minutes I realised that despite its hideous colour this was possibly the best chair in the world. And this is why…


These four fat springs enable it to rock back and forward, side to side and diagonally. Or you can just sit and bounce. It is impossible to sit on this chair and not start to feel a lot better than you did before you sat on it.

So I bought it and took it home and gave it a good stripping. I sanded the wood to get rid of its shiny brown varnish and gave it a wax. Then I reupholstered it in my two current favourite fabrics (luckily I had just enough left over from my last chair refurb) – grey multicheck on the front and seat and grey spot on its back. Both 100% wool from Moon.

I think it’s late Victorian and I should probably try and sell it as it’s rather rare but this one is staying all mine. Probably.