Pacman pouf

Browsing the Internet I found a link towards a Italian design site that creates hockers (pouf) in the shape of the so ever loved pacman creature!

When I saw the picture on the internet, I thought, well... that shouldn't be so hard to make it my self and dove into the adventure of designing, creating and (for the first time) doing upholstry. I hope you like it and comments/suggestions are welcome...

(please forgive me my poor choice of english words or typos in this instructable, but I think the general idea is there...)

Step 1: Design

First thing I always do when I start a build or a project, I create some Autocad drawings on scale, so in later stage during the build, I can easily measure the angles and sizes of the woodwork I need.

The requirements for the design I constricted myself to:

- low cost (was about €120)
- low weight
- easy to build
- sturdy (should be able to hold 2 people at least)
- in metrics (of course, it is the world standard!)

Then the following process was to determine the size of the pacman:

- for the height I took my current couch as the best height (40 cm). Keep in mind that the foam/padding determines the height of the woodwork!
- the radius of the pacman was defined in proportion with the height. It looks quite large (d=80 cm) but proportionally the pacman will look strange if the height (40cm) was set to a 50 cm diameter.

Material list:

- 15 mm MDF, depending on the size, you will need at least the C-shape to be created from one piece.
- 9 mm multiplex (plywood)
- 32mm*40mm timber (count number needed * height for total length needed)
- larger ones (for example 40mm*40mm) for the corners and block
- upholstry. I used sky to get that leather-look, but it is not so flexible. Mine had already some sliding-stuff on the inside, so it can slide over the foam. If you get other stuff, inform if you need additional stuff.
- cardboard strips. I had special ones, but you can cut some yourself
- staples.... lots!

Equipment needed

- workmate / bench
- Jigsaw
- drill
- drill-bits
- countersink
- screws (about 30mm in length, 3,2*30mm would be ok)
- needle (curved one special for this type of work) and thread (special stirdy one!)
- sewing machine [if available] (I don't know if a regular sewing machine is able to get through the upholstry)
- foam and other filling
- a stapler! (I had a pneumatic one, but an electrical or whatever is a must... I don't thing the manual ones will be able to enter the MDF deep enough).
- knive
- markers

! Tips / Remarks

In the design the top (9mm multiplex/plywood) of the pacman was created seperately because I was not certain if the upholstry required a top that was not connected. Only when doing the upholstry I found out that it was better that the top was fixed but also for the weight reduction it is a good solution!
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Made this with my wife. Just a little bit smaller than in the original project to fit better to our living room. Awesome!

allesflex (author)  MatteoP8 months ago
Very nice, looks awesome indeed!! Good copy of the one I made :D It's smaller brother/sister ;-)

Made this with my dad a couple of years ago. Just in fake leather and suede. We glued the leather on instead of sewing. It just seemed easier ;). Also, we made the top and bottom two separate pieces and screwed them together.

allesflex (author)  LulluxD10 months ago
that looks very good! Glueing is indeed a good option, but I did mine with sewing as I never did that before, so good practice :)
10 months ago
That's true ;). And thanks! We just have this habit of doing things the easiest way; without compromise ofcourse !
english tea made it!1 year ago

Iv had my Pacman foot stool for months now and I still use it every day. It has pride of place in my living room/workshop. Awesome idea! Thank you!

english tea2 years ago
Damn, this was a lot harder than i thought it was going to be.... but i love it.

Great Idea allesflex. Thank you for posting!
allesflex (author)  english tea2 years ago
Looking very nice! The round one is really good indeed!
This is fabulous!
Loving it!
Jaapio4 years ago
Hey, ziet er goed uit.

Ik heb een vraagje. Wat is die rode bekleding voor een materiaal?
4 years ago
Die rode bekleding is 'skai', soort van nep-leer... http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skai
Heb het gehaald bij een stoffenhandel op de Albert Cuyp.
Het nadeel van skai is dat het niet heel rekbaar is, wat het moeilijker maakt om scherpere hoeken zonder 'kreukels' te krijgen. Met echt leer zou dat beter gaan...
merchis4 years ago
amazing! great precision!! congrats!
superMacaroni4 years ago
Wow, great job! At first, I thought this was the real one.
wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
yoyoman33335 years ago
It looks cool but pac man is yellow dude
5 years ago
f u buddy it looks better than yellow.

allesflex (author)  yoyoman33335 years ago
It all depends on the glasses you are looking through! ;-)
5 years ago
I thought it was what ever you're smoking.

Mechaphoenix255 years ago
iPanickedTGG5 years ago
GENIUS! And it looks soo professional! These could totally be from a store they look that great!
Kolovision5 years ago
First things first....that looks f-ing awesome and i'll definitely be using this to make one, just the pacman part tho.

second i thought id quickly change your picture in photoshop to see if it would look just as good in his actual colour, your comment about "depends what glasses your looking through" doesnt really make any sense but whatever...here it is if anyone wants to look...
allesflex (author)  Kolovision5 years ago
:D Very nice... I should have added some of these photoshopped pictures!
If you Google for some of the original pics, you will see some other color combinations as well...
friggin' wicked. We were just recently talking about how we needed -something- to occupy the center of our living room.... heheh.
Warlrosity5 years ago
OH MY GOD!!OH MY GOD!!OH MY GOD!!OH MY GOD!!OH MY GOD!!OH MY GOD!!OH MY GOD!! -has heart attack-
bethmwl5 years ago
I think you did a great job. The photos really show the detail required to upolster well.
creative zen5 years ago
The first picture looks like it would be a cool coffee table :)
5 years ago
Some glass would look really nice on that, good spotting I must say.
zack2475 years ago
wow! i am definitely trying this
Danny095 years ago
what website did you find it on?
Ward_Nox5 years ago
2 questions 1 why red and not yellow? 2 why a square for the companion piece instead of either a pac pellet of one of the fruit?
allesflex (author)  Ward_Nox5 years ago
1) because yellow would never match my interior 2) round would be a nice one for the next 'pouf', but the square piece just fits the C-shape way better, especially when I would build a next one :D
5 years ago
i figured there had to be reasons for it
firefliie5 years ago
what exactly is a pouf?
5 years ago
in the US we typically call this an ottoman
allesflex (author)  nodnol5 years ago
Great! finally I found the english word... tried Google and Wiki's but couldn't find the right word for it :D
5 years ago
Ottoman, hassock, footstool1, tuffet2, pouffe3... finding the right word in English can be a real pain in the patoota.

1 "Footstools" are usually smaller than ottomans.
2 Archaic. Found mosty in poetry & traditional rhymes.
3 Most commonly accepted English spelling.

a Informal slang for "buttocks." (See also: patootey, kiester, duff, hiney, hind end, backside, butt, bum, bottom, posterior, sit-upon... there are many more.)
Example use: "I parked my patoot on that really gorgeous Pacman pouffe." :)

(Sorry if this is more than you wanted to know - I have way too much fun with the complexities of English, and can get carried away sometimes.)
allesflex (author)  firefliie5 years ago
Well, in Dutch it is called a 'poef' or in French 'pouf' and it is often translated as a 'hocker' but that is probably German.