Some of you may remember about a year ago when I was trying to repair the broken straps on my Barcelona like chair…well recently I was emailed by Jane from RegencyShop.com. Jane found my blog post and was impressed by my clever chair strap fix. She wanted to let me know that Regency Shop just started carrying replacement chair straps.
They sell a Barcelona-like chair called the Ibiza Chair. Both the chair and the replacement straps come in black or white. I have had several people email me asking for a source for white replacement straps, so I thought it would be worthwhile letting you all know about Regency Shop.
I did have a few questions for Jane, who answered them to the best of her ability:
Q: How do the pins work? Do they attach the leather to itself or screw into the chair frame? Are they only able to be used on your model (Ibiza Chair) or will they work on any barcelona or barcelona-like chair?
Jane’s Answer: The pins are real easy to install, I have attached a picture of the pin. I went into the warehouse and took this picture for your blog.
The actual pin looks like a sword! You squish the handle-part of the sword-pin into the frame of the chair. Then, squish the edge (the thin part) of the pin into the frame. This essentially locks the pin into the frame. People can also use tiny screws or old pins if they prefer.
Q: Thanks for getting the picture of the pins and explaining them more. From your description it seems like you have to have holes in your chair frame in order to use the pins. This method may not work for every type of Barcelona-like chair then (I am guessing). On my particular chair, the original straps were riveted to the frame and are not able to be unscrewed to expose a hole, however I did notice that the pins are a separate cost, so if someone was just looking for straps they could opt out of the pins and attach the straps with Chicago screws as I did in my tutorial.
Jane’s Answer: I double checked for you and the new pins are actually riveted pins, one can use a rivet gun to extract and insert new rivets. So, the straps/pins combo should work on all chairs. But like you said, they can also buy just the straps and use Chicago screws like your tutorial.
Q: It looks like you only sell the straps in complete sets. Would there be any time in the future you might sell them one at a time in case someone only wanted to replace one broken strap? (and perhaps the shipping cost would be less if they only ordered 1 strap as $45 seems like a lot!)
Jane’s Answer: I agree, some people may want just a few straps, I will check this with the manager. I know right now we have box-sets of 20 straps. But I will check. (I just heard from Jane. She says: “Unfortunately we will not be able to ship single straps at this time. Perhaps, in the future.”)
Q: Is there a difference between seat straps and back straps? (Measurements? Finishing?)
Jane’s Answer: The back and the seat straps are the same, I have seen the original chair and also many reproductions, the straps are essentially the same for back and seat. (Dimensions listed on website are 26.5 inches long and 1.5 inches wide)
So there you have it, another option for purchasing replacement straps for a Barcelona chair. While this fix is more expensive than the other method I blogged about (especially if you need to buy a rivet gun), it is a good option for someone who is looking for white straps or who may not want to cut, punch and assemble their own chair straps.
Note: I was not paid or perked in any way to write this post. I simply wanted to share another source for replacement Barcelona chair straps. I do not endorse or have any experience with any of the products on RegencyShop.com.