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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.

 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

Picture of Tools and Materials
Stuff you will need-

Tools:
Drill
Saw
Lighter
Sawzall (optional)

Materials:
Paracord
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.

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lynn.pettis12 days ago
How much cord did it take you
Twotim221 (author)  lynn.pettis10 days ago

Less than 100'

jdgreen4 months ago
Just put mine up!!
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Twotim221 (author)  jdgreen4 months ago

Nice!

SoHa SMART4 months ago

This is SO great! Well done!

kbenton310 months ago
I really like this thank you for stepping out and doing this instruct-able ! Hope you do more !
bob30301 year ago
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.
Twotim221 (author)  bob30301 year ago
That would be nice, but I live in Guam. :)
Mayerite1 year ago
Here's one solution to "where to hang my chair".
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Twotim221 (author)  Mayerite1 year ago
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

1. Hang all 4 corners from 1 branch(I don't see that functioning properly, since it will be VERY uncomfortable)
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.

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!
Twotim221 (author)  TheAntiHeroHimself1 year ago
You could hang it from one branch, but you would need to make some sort of frame to run the corner ropes through.
j_man515901 year ago
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!
dana-dxb1 year ago
nice i love it and it gave a good idea
thanx
Suvo11 year ago
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.

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.
Twotim221 (author)  GoneToTheeDogs2 years ago
It is kind of like a hammock,just a little tricky to get into- just keep tweaking you will find the "sweet spot". 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.
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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.
jhuston22 years ago
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.
Twotim221 (author)  jhuston22 years ago
Please share a picture when you finish.
CobraStitch2 years ago
I own a Paracord buisness, but i've never seen something so creative.
Way to go!
denebrock2 years ago
I've been seeing a lot of neat pallet projects lately- I like the idea of reclaimed materials. Thanks for the great idea!
wildviolets2 years ago
OH THIS IS AWESOME....right up my alley. thanks for sharing...frankie
Takelababy2 years ago
Thanks. I was delaying dismantling a few pallets wondering how to do it without splitting the boards.
badwooki3 years ago
actually it is called both a skid or a pallet
Plo Koon3 years ago
i think it's called a "skid", not a "pallet".
its called a pallet in the uk /shrug
it can be ether
what are the plastic one called with giant cup holders?
Hi,
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.
Ah.
Twotim221 (author)  Plo Koon3 years ago
Both are correct.
Ah.
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:

X X X X X X I

with the 'I' being the middle of the rope.

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:

X X X X X X

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...
lspears13 years ago
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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