Types of Cane Seating Styles
By Amber Lanier Nagle | Mar 1, 2007
Cane (Binder) Seating
Learn about the types of cane seating styles for chairs.
There are a number of cane seating styles. Cane is derived from the rattan palm of Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia. Traditionally, cane strips are woven through holes in a chair’s frame using pegs to keep the cane tight. The popular hexagonal design is often called the “six-way pattern.”
Rush (or bulrush) grows throughout England. Rush seating became very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries and was commonly painted. Today, rush seating can also refer to twisted paper.
Reed (Splint, Split) Seating
Flat reed is simply prepared strips of ash, oak, reed or hickory bark. The strips are typically interwoven in intricate designs including herringbone, diamond and basket patterns.
Repairing Heirloom Cane Chairs
Repairing those old ladder-back heirloom cane chairs costs a few dollars, takes a couple of hours and connects the craftsperson with a fascinating history. Includes step-by-step instructions for caning chairs. Originally published as “Weaving History into Heirloom Chairs” March/April 2007 GRIT MAGAZINE.