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Do you dream of being King of the cul-de-sac? Or how about Lord of the lawn? If so, then you're going to need a throne! We built a Game of Thrones inspired Iron Throne for our medieval-themed Halloween party. It's not, by any means, a sword by sword replica of the one on HBO, but it was a real hit. It's made of common materials and just takes time to put together. That sure beats spending 30 grand for an official copy!

Our main requirements were having a throne of respectable size and enough heft and durability to handle party guests (some in chain mail) posing on it throughout the evening.

We built this over the course of three weeks (although someone could probably reproduce it in at least half that time) with roughly the following materials:

- a plastic Adirondack chair
- 1/2" pink foam insulation - roughly two 4x8'sheets
- metal tie-down strapping, I used about 8' in length
- wooden yardsticks, I used about two dozen of them
- several sheets of 1/8" thick craft foam
- various screws, duct tape, liquid nails, and latex caulk
- latex primer paint, grey spray paint, metallic paints

And for the platform:
- 4x4' piece of 1/2" plywood
- a couple 2x4 boards
- one 2x2 board
- two stair risers (or make your own)
- two 1"x12" boards 4' long for the stairs
- screws and paint
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Step 1: Finding a swordless seat

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You can certainly build the throne completely from scratch, but you'll save time by starting with a chair to build off from. I found a plastic Adirondack chair that made a great, inexpensive (less than 15 bucks), and lightweight starting point. The flared, vertical slates of the back resemble the shape we're after and the high chunky armrests are a good foundation to build from.

im not a game of thrones fan, but i like the "throne" and now i have a way to make it! perfect for a medieval party.

nwright112 months ago

this is absolutely amazing!!!

missymuscles6 months ago

This is amazing! What was your final cost? I'm hoping it's a feasible fathers day gift!

flaming_pele! (author)  missymuscles6 months ago

Thanks for the comment and good luck! It's hard to top the Iron Throne when it comes to gift giving!

The chair itself is probably $50-60 in materials. The platform underneath might be around $40 (but it was much less for me since I had most of that wood lying around).

ccyr17 months ago

Hi there, amazing job on the throne! I used your project for inspiration on mine. I am building a cardboard sled for an annual event at a local ski hill. The event is sponsored by Labatt Blue, so instead of swords I am going with a draft handle approach. The sled is still in progress but here is how it looks so far. Thanks for the idea and the great Instructable!

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flaming_pele! (author)  ccyr17 months ago
Thanks for commenting and sharing your work! Looks like you'll be reigning over that ski hill for sure :)

Now, how do we get that dragon on front to breath some fire!?
That is something I want to do to it, unfortunately the race rules only allow cardboard, duct tape, and paint. So the fire breathing will have to be added after the race. To be continued...
jthiel210 months ago
Hi, would be great if you could email me please.. I´d love to use a photo of your project in a print publication. Cheers & best from Berlin - jens.thiel /at/
robotmaker10 months ago
looks very good ,i collect swords from Renaissance fairs,go every year never miss one in fla
i have them all over my wall besides a lot of dragon stuff and medieval stuff
bongodrummer10 months ago
Nice work! Looks like a good bit of office furniture ;)
jessyratfink10 months ago
Ahhhhhh! This is so good :D