the Streit Slumber Chair

Earlier this year I inherited a Streit Slumber Chair from my grandfather (the bright green chair in the photo).When I got the chair home, I noticed the sticker on back that says “Streit Slumber Chair”. Guess I never noticed that before because the chair had been in the same position with it’s back to a window for about 30 years. I’ve been meaning to research the chair, but just got around to it this morning. Luckily there are lots of furniture nerds who love to keep track of this stuff.

Update: 10/22/09: I created a flickr.com photo group for these chairs: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1241484@N20/

Here’s an entry on the chair from Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streit_Slumber_Chair

Here’s an entry on the manufacturer:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._F._Streit_Mfg._Co.

Apparently the company made the Slumber Chair in a lot of styles for about 50 years. I’m assuming my chair was manufactured in the late 1940s or early 1950s.



From the wikipedia entry, I found the patents that Mr. Streit produced. This particular chair design appears to be US PAT No. 1,674,846 . Here is a pic of his original drawings for the chair’s basic design.

My chair has a broken recliner mechanism. The cross piece that supports the sitting positions has a small chunk of wood broken off. Now that I’ve examined it I’m pretty sure it could be repaired. We may get it reupholstered, but the other chair — victim of many cat-maulings — needs it worse.

20 thoughts on “the Streit Slumber Chair

  1. Beth

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I just today sat on our chair (same patent #, also from grandparents), had it crash kaboom, and went online to see how it really should be repaired (as opposed to certain people’s stopgap measures). I’m hoping that your diagram will help me to find the missing piece elsewhere in the house. Also nice to know how it’s really supposed to look upholstered. (As opposed to Grandma’s DIY upholstering job.)

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  2. Beti

    Well, it must be the weekend for Streit Slumber Chairs. Just bought one (unbroken, we think) at a yard sale for $15.00.

    Great find!

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  3. Brenda

    I was wondering if anyone knows where I can get my chair fixed? Mine just broke today, the board the lets the chair recline just broke off. My chair is like a hurculon material. It looks like it was never redone. How do I know when it was built? Thanks for reading this, Brenda

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  4. Angie

    This is amazing I was given this chair today. There is a plate on the back of the chair. It also comes with an ottoman and the top flips over and can be used as a tray. It is in perfect condition. The fabric is raw silk. Does anyone know what it’s worth. I need to know if I should have it insured? Thanks for your response. Angie

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  5. Karen

    Inherited my chair from grandparents, also. Recliner piece broken too. Repair shop is trying to put together with piece missing. My label said Mfg 8/30/1940. Don’t have patent no. in front of me.
    Thank you for the information!
    karen

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  6. david mniton

    I have had a slumber chair for about 20 years. It was given to me by my grandfather who lived in Oak Hill not too far from Cincinnati. Just picked it up today after a refinish and reupholster and it is beautiful. I had a new leg made for the slipper compartment by a cabinet shop that does commercial millwork and custom cabinets.

    dave

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  7. Robert

    Wow! I just picked up our chair that my folks had. I’m 62 and I remember this chair from when I was 3. It is awesome. My dad was a farmer. After a long hard day or on Sunday morning waiting for everyone to get ready for church, this was where you find him.

    I never knew it had a name. Nor did I know it was worth much. Wow! Dad would be proud.

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  8. Ann Doering

    if anyone has a photo of the piece that allows the chair to be adjusted, please send.
    Have the specs, but it would be simpler if there there were actual photos.

    Thanks, Ann

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  9. Terry

    We recieved our Streit chair from my wifes aunt about 10 years ago.This chair is a no.339-L model called The Madison. It has been reapolstered but is in good condistion.A couple of the webbing strips has broken on the bottem of seat.The slipper compartmnet is still in good shape.My wife wants me to get rid of it because it does not match anything.If anyone knows someone who might want this chair please let me know. Thanks ph# 405-880-2293

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  10. Michael Getsinger

    I have one of these but not sure of the style. It has a manufacture date Sep 14, 1951 # 339. It is red leather with no major flaws in the material or wood that I can see. It does not have a stool. I live in Chas, SC and would like to sell this item. If interested my telephone is 843-863-9562.

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    1. admin

      I don’t think the patent number is actually on the chair itself. If you look up the patent number in my article on the US Patent office website, you can probably find the name of the inventor/assignee, and then work from there.

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  11. Rilee

    My husband has this chair from his grandfather and it needs to be reupholstered. He’s willing to send it anywhere that does exceptionally amazing work. Does anyone have any experience getting this chair redone well? We’ve tried 2 separate times with horrible results. I don’t understand what’s so difficult. Anyone have any suggestions? PLEASE!!!

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  12. Suzanne

    I have one of these chairs, inherited by Grandfather as well and it is bright red. Mine has the label clearly placed on the wood frame on the inside front. The label (on the chair) shows the patent #. I have pics of my chair to include the label, but don’t see anywhere to add them here. My chair is 67 years old today, the label reads Jan 30, 1951 on it 🙂

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  13. Dora Stevenson

    Looking to purchase a working Streit Slumber Chair w/ottoman in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area…Please contact me if you have one for sale…

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  14. Jeffrey Fitt

    Would anyone be able to provide me with the dimensions of the wooden adjustment piece from the back? Mine was missing when I got the chair.

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. admin

      I will take measurements of mine when I get home later tonight. Not sure it will be exactly the same though.

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