Instead of buying a lazy boy type chair are there any comfortable wooden chairs?
I was thinking at the least I could make an adorondak chair out of pine or other cheap wood, tweek and refine it for a while, then copy it in a nicer wood.
Go to google images and look up Morris chair. I always thought they were comfortable. The back is hinged at the bottom and you can adjust the angle of the back by setting a small board in knotches in the arms.
My parents have a wooden rocker that I found more comfortable than most couches, so I'd say it's possible. For me, the comfort of that chair was all about proportions: the seat and arms were at exactly the right height, and the back was also perfectly shaped. Sadly, I don't have plans or even photos of it available, or I'd share them.
In general, most people don't like chairs that aren't padded for sitting in for a long time, but a Morris chair, like Steve Neul suggested, is well padded and somewhat adjustable.
A major hurdle in design for comfort is being able to strike an average for the average person. There is so much difference in Femur and Tibia length between people 5-6" and 6-6" the seat length front to back and seat height becomes an important design issue for comfort. Kids don't count being they aren't in one place long enough to consider.:laughing: This may have been a major factor in the development of the recliner and Chaise Lounge.
in the July 2013 issue, Woodworker's Journal had great plans for a Morris chair that I'm thinking about making. They're ridiculously comfy with the padded seat and back in place. You might want to visit their website and take a look.
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