Introduction: How to Make a Seat for Less Than 8 Eur in Less Than 4 Min.

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Sitting all day sucks, because it causes back pain sometimes. Standing all day sucks as well, because it causes tired legs after a while. So while working at Open Design City today, I was wondering how to solve this with a very low budget and without a lot of time. So I came up with some kind of seating, and I thought I´d rather share it with you quickly before it get´s lost, as some kind of immediate project documentation. And if you want to make your own, this is how it works.

Step 1: What You Need.

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What you need to get:


- 1 old bicycle saddle, 0,00 Eur (recycled)
- 80-95 cm of roundwood, pine tree 22mm, max. 4,00 Eur
- 1 plunger, ca. 4,00 Eur
- 1 wood screw


- Saw to cut the roundwood, if necessary
- Sandpaper
- Srewdriver
- Wrench

What you need to do:

Remove the stick from the plunger and replace it with the roundwood. Grind down the other end of the stick to 18 mm and assemble the saddle. Push the plunger down to the floor, so it gets sucked down and the seat doesn´t slip away.

Step 2: Cut Roundwood.

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Depending on your body size you will need a piece between 80-95 cm to sit comfortably.

Step 3: Grind Down One End of the Stick.

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Grind down one end of the stick to 18 mm using coarse sand paper in order to attach the saddle.

Step 4: Attach Plunger.

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Use a woodscew to attach the plunger to the stick. You might want to drill a whole first to make it easier to tighten the screw.

Step 5: Attach Saddle.

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stwelch706 (author)2012-06-20

Ive been thinking about building one of there for fishing. Clip it to my utility belt that holds my beer and tools.

SweetnSassy222 (author)2011-09-24

I love this! My mother in law teaches junior high and I'm going to suggest these to her. She has the same problem with kids leaning back in their chairs.

@ the norm - I can't stop laughing at your suggestion to forget the saddle. You're right it shouldn't be necessary but gosh that would be a funny sight.

Leo4613 (author)2011-02-04

Hmmmm........ I wonder if I could fit one of the used shock absorbers from our cabs between the seat and dowel. Maybe even dress it up to look more steampunk.......Hmmmmmm....... ;) :P :)

Win Guy (author)Leo46132011-05-30

Good Luck!

fruitkid101 (author)2011-03-28

I made one. I'm bringing it to school tomorrow and using it. the reaction and faces of my peers? It'll be priceless. I'll let you know how it goes!

Allotrio (author)fruitkid1012011-03-29

Awesome! Do you have pictures?

fruitkid101 (author)Allotrio2011-03-29

In a moment...maybe a bit longer

Brianinmaine (author)2011-01-11

Many old farmers use a similar idea, a stool with only 1 leg, and strap it on with an old belt. that way you can sit to milk your cows and get up with both hands free. So, add a strap! I can just see it now, HAHAHA!

Bosun Rick (author)Brianinmaine2011-01-14

Why use a strap? just nail your pants to it from the inside! You'd never lose it!

srilyk (author)Brianinmaine2011-01-13

Better than a tail!

walshlg (author)2011-01-14

I've been sitting on a swiss ball in my examination rooms for years but twice now they've eventually popped - bad for the disks. Now THIS seems to be a great answer!

Allotrio (author)2011-01-14

Well, this saddle is a left over piece from an old GDR bike and it was for free. Second Hand saddles are available very cheep - at least over here in Berlin ...

StevenSlaughter (author)2011-01-13

I've been thinking about something like this for some of my fifth grade students who constantly lean back in their chairs. I was thinking of the bike saddle and thick dowel (or pipe), but then just capping it with a large rubber cap. I suppose the advantage of the plunger is that it stays stuck in one spot. I could see it being perceived by my kids as a reward rather than a consequence and them wanting it.

the norm (author)StevenSlaughter2011-01-13

Why does it have to be a consequence?
They have those big balls for kids to sit on for what used to be called riggly bumb.
Just have them sit on this, make lots to go around.
If you really want it to be a consequence, then forget the saddle part, but I don't think that should be necessary.

Or you could just not care if students are leaning back in their chairs. Problem solved.


True. I'm not a tyrant and generally let many things slide. I have found, though, that eventually, on these slick floors, the chairs slide out and kids crack their heads on floors and/or other desks/chairs. While it is true that experience is the best teacher, I'm looking to prevent injuries when possible. Also, their reclining posture is not usually best to help them do the work we are doing. Sometimes it is, which is why I have a couch and loads of cushions in my room, but not usually. SS

simplebeep (author)2011-01-13

Absolutely effing brilliant, my friend! I must make one of these!

yajbuilder (author)2011-01-13

Epic chair of plunger... Though It could damage a floor, like a wooden one... Not a real problem I guess for stone or tile... I've nearly took a wall down with a plunger

nachiketa (author)2011-01-13

Nice and simple, good job

Londonbrig0 (author)2011-01-13

I like the design, I've seen single-leg stools used as a form of ADD or ADHD therapy, to help kids with it concentrate while working. Although if you're using it to reduce pain from sitting all day, you might want to consider using one of those wider ergonomic bicycle seats.

martlego (author)Londonbrig02011-01-13

Yeah, that's exactly what I was about to mention! I thought this 'ible could have been inspired by these stools, but it seems not. It nonetheless could remain suitable cheap substitute!

willvb13 (author)2011-01-13

If you take off the bike seat it would make a perfect chair for elton john or freddy,jk, but it is a pretty cool idea i like it alot

555mst555 (author)2011-01-09

cool! lol this will be good if the seats on the subway are full. u can put this anywhere! provided u are daring enough to use it! hahah.

padawanspider (author)555mst5552011-01-13

but good luck keeping your balance on the subway, lol :D that would be cool though.

PepperDust (author)2011-01-13

Lovely! and would be great for SteamPunk - it's appropriately whimsical, and you've even got some exposed metal things sticking off the bicycle seat. I applaud your invention!

noltus (author)2011-01-09

Would be better if you coud make it whitout the bicycle saddle

midzonetec (author)noltus2011-01-13

You could us a square piece of 2x12 (not sure of the EUR equivelent) cut into a circle. Drill a hole in the center half way through to match the dowel dia. and glue it with appropriate wood glue. Sand the seat and round the edges to whatever your comfort level requires. Cheap and easy if you don't have an old bicycle seat laying around.

ComplacentBard (author)noltus2011-01-09


Allotrio (author)ComplacentBard2011-01-10

This would make it indeed even more minimalstic...

mweston (author)2011-01-10

That is fascinating.

NatNoBrains (author)2011-01-08

Love this!

nickodemus (author)2011-01-07

Simplistic and very humorous. For that, I applaud you.

thegreat58 (author)2011-01-07

Wonder how a pogo stick would work instead of a plunger.

omnibot (author)2011-01-07

Ha ha ha .. good one :D

rimar2000 (author)2011-01-07

Very good work!

osgeld (author)2011-01-07

cool chair! but the second pic looks much more painful if you ignore the first pic

Kiteman (author)2011-01-07

This made me chuckle, in a good way.

As Big Weld says - See a need, fill a need!

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