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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.

Location

2 Bedrock Court, D1
Little Falls, NJ 07424

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  • 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

    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. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

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. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

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. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Very few chairs can stand the abuse of rocking on the two back legs! Nothing can damage and weaken a chair quicker than this. (Yes, I had teenagers too and they did it constantly). Keeping the four feet on the ground is paramount to chair care and safety.

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. Don't spend money on junk furniture! I hesitate doing Ikea or Bombay Co. furniture. It is cheaper to buy new than to invest in this quality. But! Always re-cane and re-rush you antique chairs, heirlooms or furniture with any sentimental value. They are always worth the money.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. Meticulous attention to detail! Every chair is a challenge and receives my complete attention.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I take before and after pictures of every chair and get great personal satisfaction from each one.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. How long will the seat last? This depends on the usage, climate and other conditions. House humidity has a significant affect. Dry houses dry out cane and rush and also furniture in general. Many cane seats can last 50 years.

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. I put a pressed cane seat into an old oak rocking chair. A few weeks later the owner brought it back and the seat was torn! After some questioning, they admitted that their son stood on it to reach something and put his foot through it. A new seat was installed.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

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.

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

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. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all 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 is your greatest strength?

A. I have a capacity for detail! No strand of cane is ever reversed or dirty or improperly spaced. I take them out and do it over again. I take great pride in every chair I work on.

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. Constantly looking for samples of better caning material. I look for longer pieces to avoid knots, less stains and marks on the cane and most important stronger cane that doesn't break so easy. I request samples and test them.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. Does a person's weight affect the longevity of a cane or rush chair seat?

No. A 300 pound butt can't do as much damage as the knee of a five year old! It is all about the distribution of weight on the chair. Kids can't kneel on caned chairs !

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. Can Caned and rushed seats and backs be repaired rather than replaced?

No. There is no way to repair breaks or holes in woven cane, pressed cane or rush.