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It's not easy to bend wood, so I decided to let Ikea to the hard work for me. The POÄNG chair has all the curved wood you need to make a sturdy sled!

The Scandinavians are well known for their exceptional modernist design skills, both in furniture and architecture, and it seems fitting that Ikea's famous lounge chair easily doubles as a sled (see what I did there?).

Step 1: Tools & Materials

  1. Ikea POÄNG Chair: I sit in one of these every morning while I drink my coffee and read my blog feed. I absolutely love this chair, and I'll admit it was hard to cut it up. But the end result was worth it and it was fun in the process!
  2. Saw: I made 6 total cuts for the whole project. I used a battery powered circular saw, but any wood saw would do.
  3. Drill/Screw Gun: I drilled a few pilot holes and screwed the parts together. Any off-the shelf hand drill will do.
  4. Screws: I just used a handful of drywall screws and a few spare 3/4" wood screws for this project. Ideally, you would have a pile of 1 1/4" wood screws (countersunk) and two 3/4" wood screws.

<p>ouch yay! I'm speachless! I really like your ikea chair sled!</p>
<p>Thanks for saying so! It was a really quick project- it took maybe 2 hours to get it right. This chair WANTS to be a sled!</p>
<p>A bit expensive your sled, no ?</p>
<p>Who could have guessed that Ikea flat pack furniture would be perfect for a sled! :D</p>
<p>Genius! </p>
<p>Nice sled, but I suggest you add a cross bar across the back of the seat to keep from being punctured by the uprights if you hit something and tumble.</p>
<p>Perfect idea !</p>
<p>Thanks! </p>
<p>Oh, but there is a very simple way of steering, its just the same as it is on classic sleds: Stick the heel of the &quot;inner curve&quot; foot into the snow and you should turn... Stick in both heels and there's your brake.</p><p>Very nice 'ible, and very classy sled, sir! I am not going to make it (we already have a sled, and no snow) but I really like the result!</p>
<p>Thanks for the tip! I had just been leaning to try to get it to go whee I wanted, but that makes perfect sense.</p>
<p>I'm pretty sure you meant to say "where" but I'm not imagining you sliding down a hill on your sled screaming "Wheeeeeeeee!" in a high pitched voice, haha.</p><p>Anyways, nice Ikea hack!</p>
<p>Subconscious slip!</p>
If the seat was attached curved ends to the front instead of the rear, it would give you perfect handles to hang onto! Plus, my worry is that if you fall off, those curves could really smack you hard in the kidneys!
<p>Great suggestion. I think I might have been thinking that I'd make some kind of back rests out of one of the back support pieces, but that's obviously useless.</p>
<p>Very nice! In stead of waxing, you can also add some metal runners. They should be sowhat rounded, so that the the surface area where the sled touches the snow is reduced. You could wax those metal-skids too, to make it even faster.</p>
<p>Good idea. To stay true to the idea, I'd have to repurpose ikea products that have something akin to metal skids. I'll keep my eyes open!</p>
<p>The true Ikea hacker :)</p><p>I&acute;m sure you will find something that works.</p>
<p>It turns out that before the days of plastic skis (we use plastic in the material science defn.), skiiers and wooden sled users would use pine tar to prepare the wooden ski surface to waterproof and protect the wood. Additional preparation, like using wax designed for wooden skis gives even more speed. Nonetheless, I'd say waxing the wood alone is certainly fine, but somewhat foolish (from the perspective of speed and wood preservation- which it doesn't greatly improve)</p>
Brilliant
<p>This is a fine looking sled! Did you wax the skids?</p>
<p>You know, this was my first time sledding! I didn't know sleds needed to be waxed, but it probably would have made it go a bit faster.</p>

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