Chair Stretchers

Chair Stretchers

Stretchers are used to strengthen the chair. The legs when braced by them are more firm and less likely to loosen at the seat frame joint. gives the plans of three arrangements of stretchers. When placed high enough to be out of the way of the feet of a person using the chair the stretcher may form a trapezoid parallel to the seat frame; or, if the chair seat is high and a foot rest is desired, the stretcher may be arranged this way and set low for the purpose. In olden times European chairs were always made high and with a foot rest, that a person might keep his feet off of the cold floors. Now that it is not necessary to keep the feet away from the floor, it is not customary to allow them to touch the stretchers of chairs. These are, therefore, arranged diagonally between the legs of the chair; or, the front and back legs are joined together by rails, while a third unites the two side rails. This third rail may be set in any position, but frequently it is a little nearer the front than the back.

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