Very comfortable, very easy to make chair from a pallet and some paracord.

I know that there are a lot of different kinds of chair instructables already, but I have never seen a chair like this before. It is so easy to make and it is comfortable because it conforms to your body. I don't know how I came up with the idea and as I was making it I wasn't even sure if it would work out. But it did and I am very happy with the results. So here goes- my first instructable.

This instructable will show you everything I did to make the chair, but I am sure you will find ways you can customize yours to meet your needs.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Stuff you will need-

Sawzall (optional)

Pallet (I was able to get by with just one but it all depends
on how much usable wood you can get off of each pallet)

I used pallet wood because it is hardwood and free but, as with all treated wood, you need to use precaution when handling this wood. Make sure you are wearing a mask when cutting, and gloves at all times. When you are finished with all the cuts and have drilled all your holes, it is important that you seal the wood.

I used paracord because it is small yet strong and does not stretch as much as other ropes. Paracord is also easier to work with because it doesn't unravel or fray like other types of rope, and because the ends can be melted to make lacing with it easy.

<p>that is amzing </p>
<p>I would recommend either furniture webbing or running cord(s) up and down the backside. The lumber is in tension - pulling it across the grain which is its weakest dimension. Like a chain, it is as strong as its weakest link.</p><p>Also worth chamfering the drilled holes on both sides to minimize sharp edges cutting the cord.</p>
<p>Absolutely awesome. Will make this one day (when I finally have a tree big enough to support it). Some food for thought: the current design lets the boards flex vertically, but would be cool to let them flex horizontally as well so it can fit your contours sideways as well (almost like a hammock). Problem with that is that the whole thing could basically sag into something like a deflated balloon when it isn't used, so would be nice to find a way to limit the horizontal flex. If I ever make that I'll come back to post the shots. Thx for the idea!</p>
Good job
<p>Love this project - some mods from original plans - as you can see the chair is being enjoyed! Thanks for this idea and the plans!</p>
<p>I'm book marking this as a possible future project for my conservation group. a few of these would be great in the woods near our community centre </p>
Awesome make. Painted with spray paint and skull sprayed on too, both sides. Very comfy, very happy girl.
this goes directly to my to-do list
<p>Great, please send/post a picture when you finish.</p>
How much cord did it take you
<p>Less than 100'</p>
Just put mine up!!
<p>This is SO great! Well done!</p>
I really like this thank you for stepping out and doing this instruct-able ! Hope you do more !
I've got this on my list for a nice winter project that I can use next spring. Thank you for the inspiration and thanks for posting. If I travel to Florida I'll bring mine along and we can sit and chat with a glass of ice tea in your nice garden.
That would be nice, but I live in Guam. :)
Here's one solution to &quot;where to hang my chair&quot;.
Nice, I like the torching too.
I JUST finished my own chair! I haven't hung it up, because I'm a little limited as to what I can hang it on. I have no trees in my backyard, and even though my front yard has 4 trees, they're a bit staggered, so it's tricky. Not just that, but since it's in the front yard, I don't want to build a 2x4 rig that everyone will see. The only options I have are <br> <br>1. Hang all 4 corners from 1 branch(I don't see that functioning properly, since it will be VERY uncomfortable) <br>2. Hang it from 2 branches, both on a different tree each. They're both parallel with each other, but are a bit far apart. <br> <br>If I EVER find how to hang it(either today or tomorrow hopefully), I'll try and post a picture, but after accomplishing stuff I usually begin procrastinating, so we'll see how things go!
You could hang it from one branch, but you would need to make some sort of frame to run the corner ropes through.
Im in the Army and I made a chair for myself and a friend. Worked great! its awsome for when we go to the field and need something to relax on. Way cooler than a hammock and definately more interesting to talk about. Great Post!
nice i love it and it gave a good idea <br>thanx
wow, nice job.
Is there anyway you could give the measurements in the length of the cords and the distance between the front and back ones? I'm having a hard time tweaking mine just right. I just hung it straight from the tree branches. Once you're in it, it's pretty nice, but it's super hard to get in and out. <br> <br>Overall, I love it! Once I really get the length adjustments down, I plan on making a nicer one for my grandmother as a gift. This is such a great idea! Always looking for ways to make use of all the pallets sitting around at work.
It is kind of like a hammock,just a little tricky to get into- just keep tweaking you will find the &quot;sweet spot&quot;. I would love to see what your chair looks like, please upload a pic if you get a chance.
Thanks. Will keep tweaking. Here's a pic.
Do you remember approximately how much paracord you used for yours?
I don't know exactly, but 100' cord is definitely enough for one of these chairs. I don't think it's quite enough for 2.
Only 100'? That's MUCH less than what I thought it would be! Thank you for the input, now hopefully my chair will turn out half as nice as yours did!
Do you have an estimation of how much paracord you used? I want a starting point on how much Paracord I should buy, because I buy my paracord locally by 100' sections.
THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!!! My wife is going to love this, she is a huge book worm and she loves to be outside. We live in Maine so this can also work very well indoors during the winter months. What a brain storm I don't know why I didn't think of this. I have built a pallet work shed and look to other things for pallet ideas. Thanks again.
Please share a picture when you finish.
I own a Paracord buisness, but i've never seen something so creative. <br />Way to go!
I've been seeing a lot of neat pallet projects lately- I like the idea of reclaimed materials. Thanks for the great idea!
OH THIS IS AWESOME....right up my alley. thanks for sharing...frankie
Thanks. I was delaying dismantling a few pallets wondering how to do it without splitting the boards.
actually it is called both a skid or a pallet
i think it's called a &quot;skid&quot;, not a &quot;pallet&quot;.
its called a pallet in the uk /shrug
it can be ether<br>
what are the plastic one called with giant cup holders?
Hi,<br>I worked for 7 years in the warehousing industry, the unit pictured is definitely a pallet. A skid is the type with just two wooden runners along the bottom, no slats on the bottom tying the runners together on the bottom like you see on the pallet above.
Both are correct.<br>
I'm not sure if this actually matters to anyone, but having an odd number of holes causes the very middle point of your rope and your knot to be on opposite faces of the plank. Therefore, you cannot hide the middle point of the rope AND the knot, so your board will look like this:<br><br>X X X X X X I <br><br>with the 'I' being the middle of the rope.<br><br>if you have an even number of holes, you'll have the middle point AND knot both on one side, so your front side is like:<br><br>X X X X X X<br><br>Im sure this doesnt make sense, if you want I could try to make it less confusing.
It makes sense to me though I didn't notice before you pointed it out. If I made one i'd do what you said though...
Just a quick suggestion for chair padding. I have found that carpet padding works great. It is fairly inexpensive, flexible and can be stacked according to what you want. It is super simple to sew a cover for it too. I have used it quite successfully on several projects.

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