Plycraft Eames-style Recliner with Built-in Footrest

Stephen Coles

Speaking of Plycraft’s take on the Eames lounge, here’s one I’ve never seen before: a recliner with a built-in footrest. Many Plycraft lounges have the ability to do something an Eames 670/671 can’t do: tilt back. But this one extends a footrest as it reclines, doing the job of an ottoman in a fraction of the space. That’s right, a la Barcalounger. This is as close as you can get to a La-Z-Boy and still stay somewhat true to mid-century modernism. This naugahyde and walnut Plycraft was built in the ’60s. The seller makes the point that while you can still buy a new Eames lounge, the Plycraft knockoffs are no longer produced and this model is especially rare.

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  1. 12.28.09 Hipster

    I have an original Herman Miller/Eames Lounge chair and this is a beautiful chair also. The footrest is a great addition to this masterpiece. It’d be great to have them side by side.

  2. 07.02.10 — mogwai

    Is Plycraft a brand, a material, a process or style?

  3. 07.02.10 Stephen Coles

    A brand.

  4. 12.31.10 — Brandon Pearson

    Plycraft Eames-style Recliner with Built-in Footrest

    Anyone have any suggestions on where I can find one of these. My dad had one when I was growing up and I really want to find this exact chair with the built in footrest.

  5. 02.02.11 furnishmevintage

    Hey Brandon,

    I just picked up (2) of these. Both are upholstered in gray vinyl.

    I haven’t taken any photos yet, but I can send you some soon if you’re still interested in one or both of these.

    We ship to anywhere in the US.


  6. 02.20.11 — Brandon Pearson

    I would love to see what you have Todd. I look forward to seeing pictures of these two chairs.


    Brandon Pearson

  7. 02.13.12 — Carol

    I have a plycraft eames sytle recliner with a built in foot rest purchased in the 1960s. It needs a repair to the footrest mechanism. Any suggestions on where to go?

  8. 10.06.12 — oldschool

    I have 2 of these chairs for sale ! 563 723 1153 ask for josh

  9. 02.08.13 — Greg

    From what I understand, it is a common misconception that Plycraft made these.You can see the lounge chair Plycraft actually did make by searching for George Mulhauser lounge chair. It was released *before* the Eames Lounge Chair by 1 year and would be impossible to mistake for an Eames Lounge.

    This looks like the Selig knock-off of Herman Miller’s Eames Lounge Chair. You can always spot the Selig because it is a true “knock-off” of the Eames Lounge but the hardware is on the outside of the plywood shell, something the Eames went to great lengths to avoid on the real one.

  10. 10.28.13 — James

    These are definitely Plycraft. I own one that has a Plycraft tag on it.

  11. 03.16.14 — vanesa

    Where can I buy one of these Plycraft/Eames style chairs with the built-in foot rest?

  12. 03.17.14 EMFurn

    Think we should be able to get those. Shoot us a quick message if you’re interested in getting one.

  13. 03.25.14 — vanesa

    How can I get one of these???? Anybody?

  14. 07.31.14 MØBLER | Home Décor

    These are indeed rare. I have seen only one in the last year, and it’s in my store at this very moment. I like to sit in it and read when things are slow — which is hardly ever.

    You can see it at http://www.moblerhome.com.


  15. 09.02.14 — MC

    I have one of these on eBay right now:

    Plycraft lounge with builtin footrest

  16. 09.10.14 — Deidra MacDonald

    I have one that I am wanting to sell. It was purchased by my parents in the late ’60s, and is a beautiful chair. please contact me if you would like more information.

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