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Talk me into it or out of it. I'd like to get 2 new chairs for a guest room and I found leather chairs with good reviews at JCP. They are a mission/Craftsman style chair with leather cushions.

The style isn't exactly my place but these would go into the room that is really more 'modern' than the other rooms. I could get some nightstands to match which would help.

Yea or nay for a guest room?

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I have several people who have  "MY room" and yes, it IS one of the shared bath guestrooms. And having that recliner MAY be a "big deal" to those guests who consider it "MY room". If a guest spends that much time in a room, it may be that they are reading and the recliner is soooo nice for reading.  The guest may have leg problems (and an ottoman is not as comfortable) that the recliner helps - and they have one at home and having one here makes it perfect..

Have you looked at the Lazy-Boy recliners? I have a Lazy-Boy wingback recliner that does not look like a recliner at all. It does not take up as much space as the traditional.

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This morning's paper had an ad in it for barrel chairs in microfiber. I'm going to go take a look at those. They look like the leather version that muirford posted. They would fit the space (and space is an issue) and are not cost prohibitive. I would end up NOT replacing the chairs I originally started the thread about but would put these in another guest room that presently has rockers. Rockers are nice but guests mar the walls and baseboards with them and I'm always catching my sandal-clad toes on the rocker part.

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Would the barrel chairs go with your decor?  They seem a bit too modern to me for your place.  Hae you considered just using some nice natural wicker chairs that you can replace the cushions easily?  They hold up well, can be comfy, and aren't expensive (especially this time of year). 

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Would the barrel chairs go with your decor?  They seem a bit too modern to me for your place.  Hae you considered just using some nice natural wicker chairs that you can replace the cushions easily?  They hold up well, can be comfy, and aren't expensive (especially this time of year). 

I'm thinking the same thing which is why I am still sitting here and not in the car already. I like wicker, I think it would go well in here in the older part of the house, not in the new, which is where I am focusing. It IS expensive around here, even now. $200 for a simple chair. With no cushions! But, it's a thought.

OK, back to the drawing board...and yes, I overthink this stuff. Mostly because I hate to spend the money on something that isn't the exact perfect thing for the space.

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The barrel chairs we have do not have separate legs - that is, they sit on a roundish base rather with four very stubby legs (2 inches, maybe) - which makes them look less modern than most of what is out there.  More like these, but without the pillow or the nailhead trim.  And a darker brown.  They definitely look like vintage (not antique) library furniture though.  Wicker might be good for your place, though. 

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Those are very handsome leather chairs!  They would look good in the room that I'm considering some leather chairs for. 

I suggested wicker because of the price point that she was looking at.  Natural wicker (not white) can be very sturdy & look good mixed in with several types of decor.  Also, you can dress them up with the types of cushions and pillows that you use as accents.  And, it's much more reasonable to replace cushions than it is to re-upholster.   Pier 1 has a great selection of various types of wicker and a lot of it is very comfortable, just as an example. 

It was a thought because of the amount of money Bree was looking to spend.

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Samster wrote:

It was a thought because of the amount of money Bree was looking to spend.

And that's the problem...the amount of money I'm willing to spend! Friends had wicker furniture and guests stood on the chairs (sans cushions) and broke the seats. It's always something. Things I wouldn't think of doing, guests might just try. Which is why, really, the oak rockers are perfect for durability and cleanability. (Exceptions being sitting on them in wet clothing or leaving wet towels on them overnight, both of which have been done and have ruined the finish.)

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Oh toss a couple of bean bags in there  and see what they say

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Oh toss a couple of bean bags in there  and see what they say

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I agree this style is not in keeping with BREE's place. However, wicker furniture is not that comfortable and I am not sure it would stand up to guest use.

I see wicker chairs as porch furniture not room furniture.

I have several pieces of wicker as side tables and dresser, but took out the wicker chairs for upholsterd ones when we bought this place.

Unless she spent a fortune for the really good stuff like Plow and Hearth has...and no way would I pay those prices.

 

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Bree wrote:
OK, back to the drawing board...and yes, I overthink this stuff. Mostly because I hate to spend the money on something that isn't the exact perfect thing for the space.

Doesn't sound like overthinking to me.  It's got to work, or why bother?

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It's been a long time since I've been in New England, but Mission Style and leather is not what I'd expect to find in a B&B in Maine. 

I would expect something like this:

 (different upholstery, probably)

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IronGate wrote:

It's been a long time since I've been in New England, but Mission Style and leather is not what I'd expect to find in a B&B in Maine. 

I would expect something like this:

 (different upholstery, probably)

That's really cute! Way too big for the space, but I get the idea.

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That looks comfy!!

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So these would be a better choice for me?

Part of the problem is guests are used to those recliners. (I hate them.) So if I replaced them with these, they'd be tipped over with guests trying to 'recline'. I'm going to go out shopping tomorrow to a couple of furniture warehouse kinds of places to see what I can find. Maybe I can get something that is not a wing back but is not huge.

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So who is to know they used to be recliners??? You have new guests all of the time. I wouldn't let that stop me. If a repeat comes and gets the same room..they just don't recline.

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So who is to know they used to be recliners??? You have new guests all of the time. I wouldn't let that stop me. If a repeat comes and gets the same room..they just don't recline.

It's the people who come back every year who book that room 'with the recliners' that would know. I would have to explain to them so they didn't try to recline the new chairs! And it would matter to these guests as they spend 22 of 24 hours/day in their room. They rarely go out. They order in. For 4 days. I can't answer whatever question it is you're going to ask...I just don't know!

We (OK, hubs) hauled the chair out of the room it is in, around the house, back into the house (it was easier to go out than thru) and into the room I'd put them in once we 'fix' the reclining part so it doesn't work, to see how they would look. Very nice!

So, now it's deciding whether to actually buy the new chairs. We're watching the expenses right now until the season is done. Just to be sure it doesn't finish up like last year.

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You have that many yearly repeats for that same room??? WOW...I am in awe. 

So again, I ask..why do you care  if they are recliners or not.

IS that the reason they are booking that room?

IF the chairs are comfortable what is the difference?  It is your place, you can decorate and furnish any way you please. I see no need to explain your furniture choices to your guests.

If the chairs are still in good condition, then I would save my money for now.

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You have that many yearly repeats for that same room??? WOW...I am in awe. 

This is totally off the OT but here goes...I have a woman who books this room every year for the same weekend. I consider this 'her' weekend for this room. (Same for a few other guests.) I go so far as to rebook her for the next year before she has arrived for the present year. A group of women booked the same room for a different weekend that coincided with a school holiday. Well, 2 years ago the group of women wanted to book the room for 2007. At that time, their school holiday coincided with the weekend my other guest always booked. Since I consider this 'her' weekend and the previous weekend was always 'their' weekend, I told the group of women that the room was unavailable.

They were mad. I mean really upset with me that I let someone else take 'their' weekend in 'their' room. They would not even consider a different room. There was no convincing them that they did not always have the weekend they wanted to book for the following year. They had NEVER been here on the weekend they wanted for 2007. They've never been back.

So, yes, guests do get attached to 'their' room. (Point of fact, the woman who I reserve the room for year after year absolutely HATED what I did to the room. She hated the new wallpaper, the new floors, the new arrangement, the new bedding, all of it. And, yet, she continues to book the room year after year and won't consider changing to another room.)

Other guests will call and ask if 'their' room is open and will not book if it isn't. And it's not just this one particular room. There are 4 rooms that get this response. (Wish I could bottle that and sell it, whatever it is!) One of the rooms that has its 'groupies' is the detached room, if you can believe it. I have offered to upgrade guests from that room for free and they turn me down.

Maybe that makes it easier to understand why I hesitate to make changes and try to make the changes as painless and seamless as possible. It's not really 'my' place. This B&B has a history of guests who come year after year to 'their' room. They consider this, really, their vacation home. For some it is just inertia. They've been here, they know us, we're harmless, so they come back because they have to be in the area for some particular reason. For others, it's something else altogether. Altho, given that one guest continues to come back even with all the changes, maybe it doesn't matter what I do.

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30% repeats. And that room is VERY popular. Basically I would just tell them that one chair broke and I couldn't find replacement recliners. Without mentioning I hate recliners.

They don't book the room for the recliners, no, but more for the size of the room.

I am continually amazed by the number of guests who say, 'I love what you did with my room.' (Accent on the 'my'.) Most of them I don't take to their (yes, 'their') rooms when they check-in, they just go. And several have come right back to ooh and aah about the changes I've made. So, yes, they really do notice when something is different. When we got rid of the last double bed guests thanked me. (And occupancy in that room rose.)

When we took the dorm fridge out of this same room, you would have thought I'd committed a crime. To me, it made the room look like a hotel. And I also, correctly, assumed that any guests in that room never met any other guests except at breakfast because there was no reason at all for them to leave. Now, because they have to come into the guest area for the fridge, they DO meet other guests, which is part of the whole experience. (Shoot me now, I know I am conniving to get guests to intermingle!)

It took a full year to get thru all the guests who were expecting to see that fridge. And there were a lot of unhappy campers.

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OK...I thought I'd never say this but you do get weird guests.  If I kept coming back to the same inn, same room, year after year & the same furniture was in the room....well, I would stop staying there.  For goodness' sake, how many people have been sitting on those same chairs?  And doing whatever else people do in guest rooms?  Same thing with wood furniture that gets scratched, water rings, etc.  Jeez, Louise....

I would do whatever I wanted to my rooms & just tell guests that we are always tweaking and improving our rooms, that's it.  The only kiss of death might be if you have "themed" room decor that people really love and even then, you have to keep things fresh even if you stay with the theme. 

I think you can't go wrong if you replace the chairs with something of similar quality, or better Quality and more comfortable.  Maybe you're over thinking this.

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  If I kept coming back to the same inn, same room, year after year & the same furniture was in the room....well, I would stop staying there.  For goodness' sake, how many people have been sitting on those same chairs?  And doing whatever else people do in guest rooms? 

This makes me glad that I DO change the quilts out every few years. And it's why I don't buy expensive bedding. And would never buy something that had to be dry cleaned. I can keep the look 'fresh' without going broke. And I can keep it all clean without going broke!

I do get the thing about the chairs, tho, especially the ones that got me thinking in the first place.

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Samster wrote:

OK...I thought I'd never say this but you do get weird guests. 

REALLY? I hadn't noticed. (Insert sarcasm smiley here.) Sometimes the weirdest ones are the nicest.

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Unless someone specifically said something, I wouldn't offer any explanation of why the chairs changed.

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I think those chairs would be lovely in your Inn.  Are you putting them in your room downstairs that has the private entrance?  I think if you did chairs in the Mission style then you would end up wanting to get new bed coverings, etc.

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They certainly would take up less room and they won't result in bruises on the side of hips.  We're always bumping into the arms of our Mission chairs and the frame of our Mission bed and Mission night stands.  DW swears "Mission" is code for bruised hips.  I love the style, but there is a lot of extra wood sticking out to bang into.

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We just got a new shaker bed with a foot board that has an mission-like edge on it.  I have wrapped our blanket around it because of our bruises.  Oak is hard

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muirford wrote:

We just got a new shaker bed with a foot board that has an mission-like edge on it.  I have wrapped our blanket around it because of our bruises.  Oak is hard

advertised as "this property is NOT child-proofed"?

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No kids under age 12 here.  But the wrapping around of the blanket is in MY bedroom, not a guest room.   I have less space around my bed than almost any guest room.

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Too true about Oak .... of course I imagine Balsa wood beds have their downsides too Eye-wink

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This is the chair.

This is a very crowded shot of the room.

The new chairs would replace the wing chairs you see. The wing chairs would move to another room.

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Those look pretty wide. Would you get the ottomans as well. Nice looking chairs but as you say...I dont' think the style matches your place.

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Yep, that's a Morris Chair (though it doesn't mention an adjustable/reclining back).  Hard to tell from that photo of your room, but it doesn't look like there is room for a Morris chair.  Because of the style of the arms, they take up a fair amount of room (more than a wing chair)

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Yep, that's a Morris Chair (though it doesn't mention an adjustable/reclining back).  Hard to tell from that photo of your room, but it doesn't look like there is room for a Morris chair.  Because of the style of the arms, they take up a fair amount of room (more than a wing chair)

Good point about the width. I'll measure the wing chairs. The thing with the wing chairs is that they recline. So THAT takes up room and I can see where they've scraped the wall.

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Don't underestimate the width of those arms or how much space they 'feel' like they take up.  That is one reason why our Morris chair is in the inn living room rather than in our OQ sitting room.  It's a really comfortable chair but feels big and weighty. 

Both our living room and library have lots of oak pieces like end tables and desks.  I think the Morris chairs fit better with that.  If you can find the leather barrel chairs that don't look too modern,  I would think that they might be an okay replacement for the wing chairs.

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I have to agree with CatLady, I don't think that style chair will go with that room unless you change the quilts out to go with that Mission style and bring something else in to tie it all together.  jmvvho. 

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Yay, we have leather couches in our guest area, easy clean, just wipe them down. We went for an offbeat color too to spice it up...

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We have all leather in our great room and I like the easy care of it. We had corporate business meeting a few weeks ago and they loved the look. I spiced it up with some bright throw pillows(it is black). I also have 2 leather recliners in the upstairs TV loft--very comfy/

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We have all leather in our great room and I like the easy care of it. We had corporate business meeting a few weeks ago and they loved the look. I spiced it up with some bright throw pillows(it is black). I also have 2 leather recliners in the upstairs TV loft--very comfy/

Same here.  All the leather is reserved for the great room which is quite "lodgey" (is that a word?) lots of stone and wood etc.   No deer antlers, but we do have Texas Long Horns!    Guests seem to behave when your right there with them.

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I am sold on Microfiber fabric.   Tough, stain resistant and looks like suede.    We have two Morris Chairs from Barcalounger that have Microfiber on them.   Holds up great.  The only drawback we have found with the Morris Chair (not sure if that is the Mission style you are looking for.) is that the arms being wood, are cold in the winter (sucks the heat out of your arms when you sit in them) and kind of hot and sticky in the summer.  I like the wood and the look, but the arms in the extreme seasons are not all that comfortable.

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What kind of look are you going for??  Will leather chairs go with the theme/decor of that room?  Like Muirford said, they can hold up well.  I'm actually going to put a couple in our Texas style room....down the road.  I've seen some comfy ones that are reasonably priced and they will just go with the decor in there better. They'll replace a sofa.  I would make sure that the chairs you're considering are comfortable for reading.    

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We have two leather modern-ish chairs in our library - they look like this but we got them pretty cheap on sale at Cost Plus World Market.  They fit the space well, are comfortable and we have pretty eclectic furnishings anyway.  We have one like this in our living room.  They have held up well since we've got them - no scratches or rips, unlike my leather sofa in our area which has been decimated by our cats.

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muirford wrote:

We have two leather modern-ish chairs in our library - they look like this but we got them pretty cheap on sale at Cost Plus World Market.  They fit the space well, are comfortable and we have pretty eclectic furnishings anyway.  We have one like this in our living room.  They have held up well since we've got them - no scratches or rips, unlike my leather sofa in our area which has been decimated by our cats.

I saw the barrel chairs & I like them. And the LLBean one is similar to what I am looking at. JCP has them for $199 and $99 for the ottoman. I have a leather chair in our house, but we're careful with drinks & food. I figure if they get beat up, I recover them with cloth. They're not 'good' leather like the chair I have, but not naugahyde, either. It's a 'processed leather product'.

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I think SS is looking for naugehyde (spelled wrong probably but is phonetic).

I do not know if I would invest in leather the way PITAs find your place. One pen or pencil in the wrong place and you have rrriiiipppppp!

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gillumhouse wrote:

I think SS is looking for naugehyde (spelled wrong probably but is phonetic).

I do not know if I would invest in leather the way PITAs find your place. One pen or pencil in the wrong place and you have rrriiiipppppp!

You tell 'em!    I refuse to put anything of real value in our rooms.   Unless your room rates are high enough to replace leather chairs on a regular basis, I'd rethink.

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which room?

i have two mission style chairs sort of with black leather cusions and footrests. (not real leather, it has some fancy name) i wish anyway, as far as the look goes ... the guests love them in the library. yes, esp the men. the foot rests took up so much room i pulled one out and put it at the foot of the bed in the captain's cabin room ... fits nicely there. and gives the hint of a more manly touch as opposed to 'feminine' everywhere ... not that men can't like flowers but you know what i mean.

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