The Windsor Chair Series: The Types, The Features and the Undying Appeal

Beth Rice 28/06/2018

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 country, cottage and colonial style 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.

Windsor Chair Types Bow Back, Fan Back, Bird Cage, Continuous Bow, Comb Back, Captain's Chair

Other popular variations include:

THE SACK BACK:  Amish Franklin Sack Back Windsor Bench

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

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

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

Amish Fiddle Back Windsor Dining 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

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.

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