Since 1710 the Windsor chair has been charming us. Originally used as an outdoor garden seat, the comfort and form of the Windsor chair endures. The spindles, the seat and the unique features all contribute to our fascination with Windsor furniture. Fitting in with colonial, cottage and country furniture, the Windsor’s got staying power.
In this three-part Windsor Chair Series, we’re examining Windsor styles, the features that make them great and the undying appeal that keeps the Windsor a popular favorite in an ever changing world.
Part 1: Windsor Chair Types
The basic form of the Windsor chair consists of spindles attached to a sculpted, solid wood seat. Variations of this basic form have lead to a variety of “Windsor types.”
Here we break down the elements that contribute to identifying different types of Windsors in this handy infographic.
Other popular variations include:
THE SACK BACK: Amish Franklin Sack Back Windsor Bench
The back of the Amish Franklin Sack Back Windsor Bench is divided into two sections by a center rail that also forms the arms.
THE BENT PADDLE: Amish Bent Paddle Windsor Dining Chair
Bent paddle shapes serve as spindles in the back of the Amish Bent Paddle Windsor Dining Chair.
THE BENT FEATHER: Amish Bent Feather Windsor Dining Chair
Bent feather shapes serve as spindles in the back of the Amish Bent Feather Windsor Dining Chair.
THE FIDDLEBACK: Fiddle Back Windsor Dining Room Chair
A central slat resembling a fiddle shape is used in back of the Fiddle Back Windsor Dining Chair.
THE THUMB BACK: Amish Thumb Back Windsor Dining Room Chair
The Amish Thumb Back Windsor Dining Room Chair has a thick crest with carved out thumb prints.
Tune in next month when we explore how features of the Windsor chair contribute to its function and form.