Nearly every job site or good-sized shop has rubber air hose for running nail guns or a multitude of other tubes. The hose in this project is 3/4" in diameter, about 45 feet long, and is made from tough, flexible rubber. In a former life it was used to run a spray gun for lacquering cabinets. After developing leaks at both ends, it was retired. The rubber is in decent shape, but it shows its age with hairline cracks and thick coating of grime. It was easy to clean with some denatured alcohol and rags. Once clean, cut off the brass or steel fittings at each end.

The resulting chair is really comfortable. It feels like sitting on rubber bands. The trick is to have narrow enough spacing and a tight-enough weave so that your weight is evenly distributing across as many lengths of hose as possible, which will in turn evenly distribute the stress on the hose, preventing sagging and long-term decay.

The overall form is quite reclined, with an interior width of about 22". Assuming the hose is recycled (garden hose would work as well, though it typically is made from thinner rubber), the only other materials are one 2'x 2' piece of 3/4" plywood and four 2' x 1/2" dia. threaded rods with nuts and washers. There is almost no waste from the process, making it quite efficient for both the environment and your wallet. Out-of-pocket costs are about fifteen-twenty bucks, depending.
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CatDoc6 years ago
What kid/toddler wouldn't want to crawl through these? They put their head through the top couple of them, then do a forward somersault, winding their trachea into it nice and tight and hanging by their necks.
LauraH3 CatDoc4 months ago

Not all of us have kids so not all of us need to worry that everything we own is child proof. If you've got a kid and don't think it's safe don't buy it/build it. Simple. The rest of us can build what we want for our own homes.

Im sorry CatDoc but I just cant agree with your comments. The design for this bench is simplistic, economical, and spot on. If one added vertical bracing to the hose to minimize head insertion by a child, I think it would take away from the elastic feel. The world of 'What If's' encompasses everything and anything that isent in our immediate line of sight. What if a child had a loose sock and slipped down the stairs?, What if I I tripped over a rock in the lawn and landed in the pool? What if someone didn't realize a BBQ was running and burnt there hand on it ? The world of 'What If's' is endless. I believe to answer your question, a parent who has concerns about a child's safety, simply needs to be vigilant. I cant see the world ever becoming 'Child Proof'....and if it did, wow would it be a boring place...lol Great job on that bench, I think I'm going to 'try' and build me one. Thumbs Up. !!!
well i built one, and the tubes are tight enough and that closetogether that the hypothetical infant would have to have the neck ofchuck norris to force its head in between them...
Finally something that could kill Chuck Norris... If he was a baby... And chose to be killed by a homemade hose chair.
I have seen office chairs using a similar suspension system (like bungees), as well as any number of outdoor beach lounges. I suspect if they were deathtraps the design would not be so popular.
jbowe4 months ago

how long did all of this take to cut and put together? I would like to do a similar project in the architecture woodshop for my last semester, but I have limited time.

petachock made it!12 months ago

This a great chair. I made a similar one but with climbing rope which worked out alright, got blisters on my hands but worth it. I also made one with a canvas seat before I made a canvas adirondack chair. See the picture below and my other chair here:


JON-A-TRON1 year ago

This is such a good project (like everything else you post on here). Here's my take on tension / compression seating: http://www.instructables.com/id/Rubber-Hose-Chair/

kenyer1 year ago

really nice

KentaNolin3 years ago
This is the version I built.
Its made from 2x4's and a 50ft hose.
The joints were inspired by timber framing joints.
and Thank You for the initial inspiration!
This is one comfy chair.
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Could you show a picture of your chair and how you attached the 2x4's. I am considering doing something along this line for an art project and am trying different ideas.
j626no2 years ago
I'm going to build one of these this afternoon hopefully. I will try to modify the design to be more of a bench and have 2 seats (make it twice as wide but add a third leg in the middle to prevent sagging.

One design improvement I want to suggest...rather than spending a large amount of time making the hose very tight, you could make the chair's tension adjustable. Basically, since you are using all-thread, thread 2 nuts and a fender washer washers onto the cross bars, then add the legs, then put washers and nuts on the outside. Weave the hose to an even tension and secure it with screws (I will probably use grommets to prevent tear-out). Once secured, loosen the outer nuts and adjust the inner nuts to stretch the hose. With this design, the chair can be adjusted over time to compensate for creep that will naturally occur....you can also adjust the tension to suit your desired level of comfort. Great project though.

FoamboardRC2 years ago
Very creative! I think I might mess around and make one sometime.
rhagen2 years ago
Here is my very similar version. This is 3/8 pvc hose so not as elastic as the rubber. I used 3/8 all thread and it is plenty strong. It was tough to tighten and work with the pvc hose and that caused the ply to bow in. I also added a bolt to each leg to lock them in place. Painted the edges white as I don't have a router and those plunge cuts caused chipping on the ply.

Pretty fun project. It was tough to get the proper angle on the setup but I just guessed and went for reclined position. Thanks for the directions
wholman (author)  rhagen2 years ago
Turned out really handsome! Thanks for sharing. Is it comfortable?
TheGreatS3 years ago
I love your work. Everything you make and publish is so simple, functional and just makes sense. Thanks for sharing!
bs1m0ne3 years ago
just had a crazy idea. you could make this chair with rope lights! don't know how the ends would work but it would be cool if you could figure it out!
reref3 years ago
dombeef6 years ago
You should make it so that you run water through it to make it water cooled
Yeah, it could be possible but as you see in the pictures te hose is pressed togetger in the holes in the wooden frame, so if you want to get water in the hose, you need to find a way on how to you can keep the hose open all the way, so that the water will not be stucked.

(i'm sorry for my terrible english, I hope you understand)
... or water heated piping would be nice outside during colder months.
Wasteful, but awesome.
Could be a closed loop.
Yeah with a solar panel to power the pump
0.o Two hours for a response! That is lightning on this site! Good job.
Once someone replied to me in a half minute
Not if you water the....Good Point!
siamonsez4 years ago
Looks super comfy, and nice finish on the wood. The metal struts look bowed, is that from the tension in the hose? Maybe that type/size hose is a bit overkill but better to use what you have than buy something. Great idea.
volt10004 years ago
thanx help!
topkun4 years ago
Thank you Mr. Wholman. You are my inspiration.
I had made chair similar you but i chang from rubber to rope.
It's very strong but not complete .I will modify somthing, add arm , change kind of rope and so on. I will appreciat if you comment.
Thank you again.
That looks very comfy to sit in for an afternoon. It would be even better with latex surgical tubing pulled taught. Home Depot sells it for around $3 per foot.
djswan5 years ago
Hey I know that you said that the dimensions were not important but I was hoping that you would share the dimensions that you used on the chair because I don't want to screw up.
wholman (author)  djswan5 years ago
 can't say i remember off the top of my head, as i don't have the chair anymore, but it's something around two feet wide (the wider, the more the sag in the hose, so be careful there), the front edge of the seat (where your knee hits) is about fourteen inches off the ground, the seat is probably eighteen inches deep, and the back eighteen inches tall.  
djswan wholman5 years ago
Thanks for the help.
You know what would be great, if you put another hose through vertically! It would sort of be like a hardcore lawn chair. Great work man!
yusufamir5 years ago
this is a very nice idea indeed, much satisfies my hunger for curry. :)
cool this must be expensive to buy those hoses
na you can find air compressor hose pretty cheap at most hardware stores
Lowe's has 3/4" x 50' rubber air hose for $45.00


A tad bit 'spensive for my taste, but that's just me...

Might want to maybe hang out at your local Habitat Re-Store for a few weeks to see if one comes in...
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