Don's Chair Repair

About Don's Chair Repair

hired 5 times on Thumbtack

We handle the following:

- Pressed cane
- Hand-woven rush
- Seven-step woven cane
- Re-gluing
- Refinishing

We have 25 years of experience. Estimates for re-gluing and refinishing are available on request.

Pressed Cane: $50.00 per seat or back
Rush: $10.00 per inch across the front of the chair
Woven: $2.00 per hole in wooden seat frame

Prices do not include materials.


2 Bedrock Court, D1
Little Falls, NJ 07424

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  • 5/5 stars Furniture Refinishing Verified Review

    Not only did Don repair the rush on the seat of the chair, he reinforced the legs, cleaned the wood, and made the chair look as though I just picked it up from a furniture store showroom. He did a fantastic job.

  • 5/5 stars Furniture Refinishing Verified Review

    Don was so professional. We needed to have the caning replaced on six chairs. After we agreed on a very fair price, he arranged to have a man named Pete pick up our chairs. Don told me that I would have the chairs back in 2-3 weeks and they were back in 3 weeks, but would have been back sooner if not for all the snowstorms in our area. Don advised me when he got the chairs dropped off, when he ordered the caning, when he recaned the chairs he sent me a picture of them and then again when Pete picked up again to stain them he told me when to expect them back. The chairs looked great when they came back. Both Don and Pete were awesome people to work with. I very highly recommend both of them.

  • 5/5 stars Carpentry and Woodworking Verified Review

    Don repaired the seat on an antique rocker, as well as apply some wax to the finish. It looks great and I couldn't be more satisfied! I highly recommend him.

  • 5/5 stars Carpentry and Woodworking Verified Review

    Don repaired my four antique dining room chairs that are approximately 100 years old. They each required a range of attention, from major replacement of parts to minor refurbishment. Don was extremely professional, kind, honest and throrough. He not only repaired the items i asked him to fix, but also noticed did minor touch up on all chairs so that they all looked the same. He did quick work and charged a very fair price. I highly recommend Don and will certainly use his services again for future needs. Thanks Don!

  • 5/5 stars

    Don repaired two antique chairs with machine caning.

  • 5/5 stars Verified Review

    Don is a rare find; an expert who charges a reasonable fee, and does a perfect job.

  • 5/5 stars

    We just recently had the pleasure of meeting Don and he just beautifully completed a rush seat for an old ladder back chair that was my Dad's. He was great to deal with and the finished product was done perfectly and on time as promised. I am so glad that I located his website. I knew I was going to be pleased the minute I met him. Thanks again from a very satisfied customer!!

  • 5/5 stars

    Don recaned two dining room chairs for me made by the White Furniture Company over 40 years ago ....... turned out like new.
    A pleasure to deal with and very honest.

  • 5/5 stars

    Don caned 6 of our dining room chairs. Dealing with Don was a pleasure. He kept us informed and sent us pictures of the work in progress. He is an extremely professional and honest person and I would highly recommend his services! We have received several compliments on the work he's done for us.

  • 5/5 stars

    I just picked up my antique rocker and am extremely satisfied with his quality of work. Don is a real craftsman! He replaced the hand woven cane on my rocker and brought new life to a treasured antique. I definitely recommend that you give him a call if you have a treasure that needs to be restored.

  • 5/5 stars

    I have 6 dining room chairs that needed to have the caning replaced. I called Don to get some general info. The time he spent on the phone with me, explaining the process and my options etc., was the first indicator of the pride he took in his work and his level of enthusiasm for a job well done. The chairs look amazing; my dining room has a whole new look! Without a doubt, I would recommend Don's Chair Repair to anyone who needs this service. His prices were very reasonable, and his workmanship exceeded my expectations.

  • 5/5 stars

    The quality of workmanship is second to none . The chairs Don recaned for me look like brand new chairs and people have complimented me on how beautiful the finished products looked. Will defininetly use his service again!

Question and answer

Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.

A. Simple pricing system. This work is all labor and time intensive and the material needed is negligible. Pressed cane is $50.00 for a seat or back regardless of size. Hand woven (the most time consuming) is $2.00 for each hole around the wooden frame of the chair. Super fine cane is $2.50 a hole. Artificial rush seats are $10.00 an inch across the front of the chair. Estimates are given on refinishing and repairs on request. Send me a picture !

Q. What types of customers have you worked with?

A. The most common jobs I do are pressed cane. In the 70s and 80's everyone had "Brady Bunch" dining room chairs with cane backs. They are all breaking due to age. I remove and replace them at a very minimal charge but this is the most common work I do.

Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

A. I recently worked on two antique chairs that had layers of paint, two broken rungs and needed new cane seats. These are two of the finest pieces I have worked on and I wish I could leave a picture here.

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

A. Don't throw any chair out regardless of condition! I have added rungs, repaired breaks with dowels, and taken off layers of paint. These chairs have history and value. You can't replace these old chairs at Ikea.

Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

A. One single strand of hand woven cane installed upside down ruins the finished chair. No chair I work on has an upside down strand or a twisted strand. I have taken whole seats out for one careless strand of cane.