Introduction: Toddler Chair - (Suitable for Special Needs)

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For my son I designed and built a high sided chair with adjustable legs and a play surface. This is well suited for children with certain special needs who may lack core control or are unstable. This Chair is made of 1/2 and 3/4 plywood, some carriage bolts, nuts, and pins. The parts are all CNC cut, and are easy to assemble via glue and brad nailer.

Step 1: Materials / Parts

Qty. 6 - 5/16-18 x 1.50" Carriage Bolts

Qty. 6 - 5/16-18 Nuts/Hand knobs

Qty.2 - 5/16-18 Flat head machine screw

Qty.2 - 5/16 Washers

2' x 4' x 1/2" plywood (I prefer veneered)

14" x 22" x 3/4" plywood ( i prefer veneered)

Wood Glue

Brad nailer

Attached in this step are the .dxf files for cutting out the parts. The pockets on the chair sides and slots in the legs are .250" deep; while the pockets on the back of the chair and arms are .125" deep. Everything can be cut using a .250" end mill.

Step 2: Initial Assembly

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The parts of the chair will locate themselves within their corresponding pockets. Use wood glue (clamp) and tack in place with a small brad nailer if you'd like. The back of the chair and adjustable tilt brackets should be glued separately and bolted into place later.

Step 3: Hardware

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Glue in either wooden or steel dowel pins for the legs and table latches. After everything has dried the chair can be assembled with the remaining hardware. (Note: there are extra slots in the seat if a velcro seat belt is needed.)

After assembly is complete the table can be attached to the chair by angling it slightly upwards and lowering it down to whatever position is most comfortable for the child.

Step 4: Finishing

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After sanding, I chose to finish the chair with a couple coats of shellac; but that is up to you. I hope this chair can provide a fun play area for some kids who need it!


bfulton3 (author)2017-12-20

That's a great design! Might have to use some of the ideas in the seating systems we build at the ADAPT Shop (

Voted for you, hope you win!

JohnBradshaw (author)2017-12-13

Fantastic useful design.

mking52 made it! (author)2017-12-12

This is the only picture I have that is handy at the moment, I will be sure to add some more soon. Thank you!

Swansong (author)2017-12-12

I love that the design is adjustable as he grows! Do you have any photos of the finished project?

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