Danish cord for chair seating


Danish cord is an incredibly strong twine, manufactured from paper, and used mainly, though not exclusively, on a particular type of very stylish Danish furniture such as the one illustrated (left).

Traditionally the cord is secured under the seat by a series of little L-shaped nails, as can be seen in the detail (photo below), although other chairs use only a few nails, and sometimes none.

We can reseat any of these different styles of chairs for you, or we can provide the Danish cord and the L- shaped nails if you'd like to try the job yourself.

There's a particular weave used for these chairs, and we publish our own popular, and very comprehensive book on the subject.

You can find everything you need  to do the job yourself here:  https://situponseats.blogspot.com/p/danish-cord.html

You can also use Danish cord as a substitute for seagrass - it will work very well in most of the seagrass patterns.

2 stools seated with Danish Cord

Above: 2 square stools seated with Danish cord in the
traditional seagrass "chequerboard" pattern.
I think you'll agree it looks almost identical to br /> seagrass, but it's much easier to work, and
just as strong.

Old bamboo rocker restored with Danish cord

Old bamboo rocking chair restored with
a back and seat worked in fine Danish cord,
using no nails. This approach works well in any
circumstance where nails are unsuitable.

Underside of Danish cord seat

Underside of classic Danish cord chair, showing how
the cord is looped over the L-shaped nails.


 During the Second World War, when Denmark was occupied by German troops, it was impossible to get rubber tyres for vehicles, and the factory that made Danish seating cord came up with a paper cord so tough that it could be used as a substitute for tyres. There's a lot more to paper than meets the eye!

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