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This is how you hack a chair and make it into a nightstand with reading light.

What you need:

1x a chair from the recycle store. Or use one of your own (ask first)

1x small table lamp or a new lamp fixing from the hardware store. I liked a glass lampshade from the recycle store which looks more authentic in the end result.

1 LED lamp. The amount of Watts you are using depends on whether you use it for reading or just for a nice amount of light when you go to sleep and get up with. Check your hardware store for that.

1x power cable complete with switch and plug. Or use the cable from the second hand lamp. I prefer using new wire instead of the old one.

Small piece of wood, MDF painted in your desired color

Some glue

Handy tools: hammer, screwdriver, screws, saw, sanding paper (or machine), cable cutter/stripper, hands and a smile.

There are two ways to make this nightstand:

Steps 1-5: The quick way (which is harder to sand etc.)

Step 6-8:. The nice way (which look nicer in the end)

Step 1: 1-1 Take of the Seat

  • Get your chair and remove the seat. Most seats are screwed form the bottom.

Step 2: 1-2 : Shorten Your Chair

  • Get your saw and cut the chair (oh, no) Most chairs are to deep to be used for a nightstand. So you have to shorten it as shown in the picture.
  • Remove one of the supports. This depends on where you want the light to be in the end. When you are going to place the nightstand on the right side of the bed then remove the right support visa versa.
  • Remove the back.

Step 3: 1-3: Sanding, Cleaning

  • Now you sand the two chair parts, get rid of the old paint , or just leave some on it for a robust look.
  • Glue the two parts of the chair together. Wait for the glue to dry.

Step 4: 1-4: Make a Deck

  • Take a (new) piece of wood for the deck. Saw it to the proper size. Paint it. Make for instance another deck below this one. Use your imagination, you are a designer now.
  • Fix it to the chair with a couple of screws.

Step 5: 1-5: Fixing the Light

  • Connect the new wire to the lamp fitting. Or, if you are using an old lamp, make sure the wire is connected properly. Take note that this has to be done with care. Fix the wires tightly, don’t show any open wire on the outside of the fitting!
  • Find a way to fix the lamp fitting to the support of the chair. Tip: don’t use tape of tiewraps for fixing. Use screws. Fix it securely.
  • Place the glass lampshade and then you are done.

Step 6: 2-1: the Nicer Way

Now the nice way.

  • Get your chair and take it apart completely. Use a hammer or force but don’t damage the wood to much.
  • Sand every part of the chair. Get rid of the old paint, or just leave some on it for a robust look.
  • Shorten the two side supports of the chair. Most chairs are to deep to be used for a nightstand. So you have to cut is as shown in the picture.
  • Shorten one of the back supports to the same length of the legs.
  • Glue all the parts back together. Wait for the glue to dry.

Step 7: 2-2: Make the Deck

  • Take a (new) piece of wood for the deck. Saw it to the proper size. Paint it. Make for instance another deck below this one. Use your imagination, you are a designer now.
  • The pictures show some examples I made.
  • Use a couple of screws to fix the deck.

Step 8: 2-3: Fix the Lamp to the Chair

  • Just like in step 1-5 fix the lamp to the chair.
  • Use the wire that was used on the second hand lamp. I prefer to use new wiring.
  • Fix the lamp fitting to the support. This depends on the shape of the lamp u are using so I can’t describe in detail. Tip: don’t use tape of tiewraps for fixing. Use screws. Fix it securely.
  • Place the glass lampshade and then you are done.

<p>Very ingenious. I love it! I look forward to see your next creation!</p>
<p>Nice way to re-purpose an some old chairs, thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>i like this! i think i have an old chair or 2...</p>
<p>This is a really cool way to recycle an old chair, way to go! <br></p>
<p>What?! This is awesome. Thanks so much for sharing! I hope we see more from you on Instructables!</p>
<p>;-) Yes. More instrucables to come.</p>
<p>Love it! </p>

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