Good Question: Recane or replace?

Good Question: Recane or replace?

Maxwell Ryan
Jun 23, 2005

Hello AT,

I have a fantastic Danish modern dining room set that I inherited from
my parents. It came with four chairs, but the space is large and we'd
like to keep the table extended, therefore needing two more chairs. We
came upon similar chairs on Craigslist, but found that the seats needed
to be recaned. Apparently, this is a time-consuming and EXPENSIVE
undertaking, and each chair seat will cost at least $200.

Question is: Is it worthwhile to pay the $400 to get the chairs
recaned, or is there a possibility to find similar chairs somewhere,
finished, at a lower price? We don't see too many of these chairs
around, so I'm not sure how much they would cost at a store or in a
vintage shop. Our other option is to get two chairs that are a
different style but would still go with the look. We would love some
suggestions on this as well.

I attached a couple of pics of the dining room...Any tips from you or
readers would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much and love your

Two thoughts: 1) Before you decide, try to determine if the joints and the wood are in good shape, and of course ask yourself how much you like the chairs. If they look anything like the ones here, we say go for it! You might be hard pressed to find replacements, even for the extra money that recaning would add. 2) We seem to recall that many recaning jobs are done by non-profit organizations by and for the blind, so this money may be well spent.

Readers, any advice?


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