I finished up the last bit of work on this chair. My wife helped me attach the head rest to the top of the chair. We left the strap about 6″ long so that the cushion could be rolled up or dropped down depending on the height of the sitter. The finished dimensions are as follows:
Front of seat height: 16-1/2″
Rear of seat height: 14-1/2″
Overall width side to side: 25″
Overall depth front to back: 21″
Height to top of back: 42″
Height of arms: 25-1/2″
I still intend to add a bit of weight to the bottom of the back rails, probably some brass bars screwed to the inside surface. It won’t be visible under the fabric, but should keep the back from flipping over. I just haven’t acquired the proper materials yet.
This chair was inspired by the version done by Christopher Schwarz for Popular Woodworking October 2012, Issue #199. My version is about 4″ taller in the seat, has a 6″ taller back, is 2″ wider, and has solid arms. Chris’ version is much more historically accurate, but I wanted one that accommodated me. Below are a couple of pictures for a side by side comparison. both are comfortable, but mine allows me to lay my head back and push off the arms to get out of the chair easier.