My take on the Parson Chair

I bought some cool Parson Chairs to use with my grandparent's 1950s style porcelain top table. Unfortunately, the chairs were way too big to fit between the legs of the table. My friend said she was surprised I didn't build my own chairs in the first place... that's when I remembered seeing a Parson Chair plan on Ana White! I liked the overall design of the chair in the plan, but I wanted to make some changes to make it my own. I made the chair narrower to fit between the legs of my table, changed the angle of the rear legs from 15 degrees to 10 degrees, increased the rear legs from 2x2s to 2x3s and made the back taller. This was my FIRST sewing project and I'm really pleased with the way it turned out!

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
approximately $150-$175 for two chairs
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used
Legs are painted with an eggshell black Martha Stewart paint.
Recommended Skill Level



Wed, 01/02/2013 - 06:25

These look beautiful! Would you mind giving me your opinion on their comfort to sit in? Also, do you mind sharing where and what kind of foam padding you used for the seat? Thank you - and great job!

Knot Perfect

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:32

Thank you! They are actually really comfortable to sit in and no one believes I made them! I'm 5' 4", so I should mentioned that I shortened the leg to 14.5" and also shortened the measurement for the depth of the seat to 14". I got a high density foam chair pad from, but they are also available in the JoAnn store. I cut the chair pad to fit my seat with an electric kitchen knife then wrapped the chair pad with 1/2" batting (got that in the JoAnn store). Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you again for your compliments!


Wed, 06/26/2013 - 15:44

How much narrower and how much taller did you make the chair? I LOVE your design much more than the original. The narrower frame and taller back make it look much classier in my opinion. Please get back to me when you can. Thank you!!

In reply to by amstan103

Knot Perfect

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 18:03

Sorry I didn't see your question earlier... thank you for the compliments on my redesign :) I posted a new pic with the dimensions for the back and seat. Thank you again and let me know if you have any other questions.