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Bentwood Furniture

Our range of Bentwood bar and restaurant furniture includes the Fanback Bentwood chairs which are available with or without arms, Tall Fanback bar chairs, Bentwood tall bar stools and low stools and many more.

Bentwood Furniture Designs

These designs are accurate reproductions of the traditional bar and restaurant chairs first produced in the 19th Century by Michael Thonet. He experimented with the steam timber bending process to produce extremely attractive and inexpensiv...
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Bentwood Furniture

Our range of Bentwood bar and restaurant furniture includes the Fanback Bentwood chairs which are available with or without arms, Tall Fanback bar chairs, Bentwood tall bar stools and low stools and many more.

Bentwood Furniture Designs

These designs are accurate reproductions of the traditional bar and restaurant chairs first produced in the 19th Century by Michael Thonet. He experimented with the steam timber bending process to produce extremely attractive and inexpensive cafe chairs that became so popular and famous throughout Europe that at it's peak, his company was producing 2000 Bentwood cafe chairs each day!

Bentwood Chairs

These chairs are very elegant and strong and look particularly stylish when combined with our decorative cast iron tables such as the Scroll, Bar or Gothic table which are also designs based on 19th century models. Although our Bentwood chairs have a long heritage, they have a very modern appeal, perhaps because of the relative simplicity of their construction.

Furniture Upholstery for Bentwood chairs

We have our own in house upholstery department, and are therefore able to upholster these chairs in a wide variety of plain and patterned fabrics to give your customers extra comfort at only a little extra cost. Because we upholster these chairs here in the UK we use only the best UK produced combustion modified foam fillings and high quality FR fabrics in Tweed, Dralon, Flatwoven or Faux Leather fabric.

In order to be sure of the high quality and durability of our tables and chairs we have had certain designs from many of the ranges independently tested by The Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA). Find out more about CONTRACT QUALITY CERTIFICATION for bentwood collection and view our certificate.

What is bentwood furniture?

The name bentwood furniture comes from the way in which it is constructed – by wetting wood through soaking or steaming, and then bending it and letting in harden into decorative curved shapes and patterns. This method is often used to make rocking chairs, light furniture and café chairs.

What is a bentwood chair?

A bentwood chair is made in the same way as other pieces of bentwood furniture, through steam-bending technology. The most famous bentwood chair is the No. 14 chair, made by the Thonet Chair Company, which is also known as the bistro chair. These chairs could be mass produced by unskilled workers and worked like flat-pack furniture, in that they could be disassembled to save space. This design was a response to the need for café-style chairs and included a woven cane or palm seat with holes in to let liquid drain off the chair if spilt.

How much does bentwood furniture cost?

If you’re looking to source bentwood furniture, Trent Furniture can give you a guide to the prices you should expect to pay. We offer stools from £39.90, chairs from £38.90 and tables from £58.90

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