I came across these two amazing foldable chairs at a thrift shop and instantly fell in love with them. I had never seen anything like them before and I couldn’t figure out how to unfold them. After playing with them for 10 minutes and feeling like a complete moron, I turned them upside down I found out they were Leg-o-Matic chairs which had directions on how to open and close them and were stamped with the date JUN 1962. I didn’t know anything about them, but I knew I had to have them. So, in 90 degree heat I carried these babies home and did some research.
These chairs were manufactured by the Leg-o-Matic Company which produced folding tables and chairs from the 1940′s until the 1970′s and were heavily used in Airstream Trailers for their ease of storage. I just love the look and fun folding nature off them. If you are interested in getting your hands on some Leg-o-Matic’s, they sometimes pop up on eBay and Etsy and I have seen them at a couple of flea markets.
For this tutorial, I show the process of re-doing the fabric on one chair, but did both. I decided to re-cover the seat pads with one of my favorite fabric designer’s, Jessica Jones of How About Orange, Outside Olso Picket Dust fabric for a fresh rehab.