A Slim, Comfortable Slip Seat
This system works for most chairs and uses common materials
Synopsis: Michael Fortune set out to design a dining-room chair that was graceful and stylish yet comfortable for hours at a time. His solution was an upholstered slip seat that can be easily replicated in most any shop. His approach involves four types of widely available foams and two layers of upholstery material. This technique, adaptable to other applications, resulted in a low-profile yet elegant and comfortable slip-seated chair that has lasted comfortably for almost a quarter-century.
From Fine Woodworking #163
In 1979 I spent five months designing and making a prototype dining chair that I hoped would be comfortable for three or four hours at a time. Part of that effort involved creating an upholstered seat that was up to this formidable task but was thin enough that it would not overpower the chair’s design.
Simply gluing foam to a plywood seat was not only uncomfortable but also had all…