My Beautiful Ercol Armchair

When I was taking my first steps into self employment, my first aim was to create a nice environment to work in. It’s a bit less organised than it was to start with and I need to create more storage space already – but it’s so much better than it was!

I used to get stressed every time I walked in the room because there was stuff everywhere. It will always be full and a bit messy because it’s a work room – but at least now I know where everything is.


When I decided to take the bed out of the room and use it purely as a work room, I knew I wanted a comfy chair in there!

When I have a lot of work knitting to do (sorry – still secret at the mo), I try to stand up whilst knitting. Sitting all day makes me lethargic so I stay on my feet as much as I can and even do some leg exercises if the knitting doesn’t require too much concentration!

But sometimes you just want to sit down. And sitting at a desk knitting feels a bit odd. I’m trying to resist the temptation to do all my knitting on the sofa whilst watching Buffy because that makes me feel really lazy!

So I’m very excited to have my lovely Ercol armchair back from re-furb (dad’s garage). I bought the chair on Ebay for the bargain price of £21. I’d been keeping my eye on a few, as I really wanted a pale wood one – but they seemed to be going for around £100 so I decided to get a tatty dark one with no webbing and give it a bit of TLC.

wpid-img_20150123_103547.jpgThe varnish had gone a weird green colour and one of the arms was quite worn, but apart from that it was in good condition and is beautifully made. My dad very kindly offered to sand it down and wax it for me and it’s been a labour of love. It took a while because he damaged his fingers whilst sanding down the spindly bits at the back and had to have a bit of a break from it. He’s done an amazing job! I couldn’t have imagined it looking so good and I almost don’t want to cover it with cushions.

The next job was sorting the webbing which I bought here – their service was fantastic. The website gives clear instructions on how to measure up and each piece of webbing is made to measure and individually labelled so you can see which is which (very handy if there is only a 3mm difference between straps. They also sent an A4 sheet with instructions of how to fit the webbing and tips to make it easier. It cost more than double the price of the chair – but worth it.

So the next job is making cushions! I’m going to make a foam cushion for the base and then a big squishy cushion for the back so that you can still see the top of the spindles at the back.

I love my Ercol!


6 thoughts on “My Beautiful Ercol Armchair

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  2. Hello. This is really inspiring! I’ve been looking for an armchair like this but the pale ones are so expensive. My grandmother had 2 but sadly they were destroyed when her house was cleared after her death. You have inspired me to buy a cheaper dark one and do it up! I may be in touch again to find out where you got the foam cushion from as I’ve only found expensive ready covered options so far. Good luck with the cushion covering! T


    1. I’m very lucky that my dad did all the sanding down for me! You can also get furniture ‘dipped’ to strip off paint and varnish. It’s a more expensive option – but quicker and easier than sanding!


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