Introduction: A Hammock Within Your Clothes

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This diy project investigates the multi-functionality of clothes. In this case a built-in hanging chair. This is a proof of concept rather than a fashion design project. The WeDangle can change the way we sit drastically; it is a customized comfy seat that we carry always with us.
You can use it as a swing seat, as an armchair and as 'une chaise longue'. The only thing you need is an attachment ring above your head. I take always a tension belt along, with that I can adjust the height of the attachment point. That is also the only limitation. You can use the WeDangle, just as a hammock, on trees, with a ceiling connection or at a frame.

This invention can make standing chairs and benches obsolete. They need more space, maintenance and material. The WeDangle is a seat that suits your posture/comfort at home, at work and outdoors. Most important is the children's fun to swing and to turn around with the feet from the ground, just easy dangling.

Step 1: HD Video: How to Use the WeDangle

Features:

- The WeDangle has 3 positions: swing seat, armchair and 'une chaise longue'.

- Comfortable seat by a wide spacer bar and a wide seat and back support.

- Quick set up within 3 minutes. Easy adjustment of the seat height.

- Weight of lines, alluminium strips, carabiners 1kg. (without the canvas).

- Seat- and back support made from double folded canvas sewn in the clothes.

- Lines made from 4mm dyneema SWL 500kg. Carabiner hook 5cm SWL 70kg

- Seat support with 22cm alu strip. Back support with 15cm alu strip

- Hoody/head support with 6cm alu tube. Leg rest with a plastic strap.

- Easy transport of the WeDangle parts in vest- and trouser pockets.

Step 2: The WeDangle Construction

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Anybody can make a swing; a seatplate and 2 ropes. To make a comfortable hanging seat into your clothes takes some more effort. The WeDangle is the result of trial and error.

The construction has to be strong and reliable. For the lines I used 4mm dyneema. For the spacerbar alluminium tube (4 pieces of 15cm long) from a foldable walking stick. Carabiners and rings are from steel.

The WeDangle is composed out of 5 parts.

1- Seat from canvas, inside the trouser with at both sides a pocket for an alluminium strip

2- Backrest from canvas, sewn inside the vest with side pockets and fixed support lines

3- Headrest is a canvas hoody with fixed support lines

4- Leg- and foot rest from a loop strap sewn inside the lower trouser leg

5- Suspension lines and spacerbar with carabiners, rings and knots

Step 3: Making the Seat- and Backrest

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The WeDangle has 3 comfort features.


1- Use of a top spacerbar to relieve tension at the bottom and schoulders.
2- The use of aluminium strips for a wide bottom- and schoulder rest. 3- A hoody as headrest and a loop strap under the shoe as footrest.

Photo's are showing how the canvas seat- and backrest are situated in the trousers and vest. The seat is 70cm long, incl. strip pockets, and 23cm wide. The backrest is 80cm long and 20cm wide in the middle and 15cm at the sides. The canvas is double folded for extra strenght.

When the canvas is sewn it can be attached to the back of the trousers seat and at the shoulder part of the vest. First you have to open the side seam. The flap with the pocket for the strip aluminium is protruded about 7 to 10cm at the side. Halfway the strip is a hole to attach the carabiner. The low side of the pocket is closed, so the strip stays in place. Velcro keeps the pocket flaps in place.

Step 4: Making the Headrest and Leg- and Footrest

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The headrest is made as a hoody. First you have to cut the outline out of canvas. This can be done by taking a sweater hoody as example size. Sewing the hoody is not that difficult for a person with some sewing experience.

I was lucky that my wife did all the sewing work; this is still something I have to learn from her. The photo shows how the lines are attached to the hoody with a carabiner at the end. Inside the seam I made an alu tube to spread the pull power of the lines.
The leg and foot rest is very inventive because it is done with a loop strap. Leg calves are resting in the lower part of the trouser legs and the feet are supported by the loop under the shoes. By doing that the trouser legs stay in place. The loop is sewn within the legs with an opening in the front with a loop to attach the carabiner.

Step 5: Making the Suspension Lines and the Bar

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The bar I made from a 4 piece foldable walking stick. To carry this bar it is neccesary to have small pieces. At the end of the 60cm bar I made two slots, to keep the suspension ring in place. The bar pieces I carry inside the big pockets of the vest. The slots are about 3cm deep and 6mm wide.

All the lines have to be extended with 18cm at each side. That is neccesary because the knot needs also some lenght. There has to be some extra line for adjusting, because each person has a different body size. The photo's are showing one kind of knot for all the attachments. The lines and the straps have to be cut with a soldering iron. The ends are melted, that avoids frayed edges.

The suspension lines are made from dyneema; a super strong synthetic fiber (Dutch invention!). I bought the lines, rings and carabiners in a nautic shop. Aluminium strips are 3mm thick with a hole in the middle of 8mm diameter. Adjustment for the back- and headrest is made by a ring. The standart position is 18cm below the bar

Step 6: Conclusion

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Two years ago I got the idea to make an in-clothes hanging chair. After many drawings and experiments I started this project 3 months ago. This was not an easy project to make. For the sewing work I was dependent on other people because I didn't had the sewing skills. Safety first was my approach. Falling down is no option.

The video above shows the use of the WeDangle. The result is above expectations. The WeDangle is a comfortable chair and easy to carry. All the parts I carry not noticeable with me. Dangling under a tree is a relaxing pastime. It gives you oceanic feelings; even under a tree in the city park.

I hope that this idea finds its way around the world because we humans need more rest and enjoyment. If a company wants to make this to a commercial product, don't forget to contact me for a license. I want to thank my wife Dymph, the test pilot Saskia, Ben Brack who filmed with his broadcast camera and all the friends, who gave a critical feedback and like dangling.

Comments

jreinhold (author)2015-08-31

Great idea and I would like to try an build it. I have a few questions before I start though:

What is the diameter of the aluminum tubing you are using, you said that it came from a collapsible tent pole/hiking pole, but each segment would be a different size to collapse on itself, and each kind of pole has different dimensions.

Also what is the thickness of the aluminum plates you are using for support?


It seems like Dyneema is pretty expensive, do you know the total amount you used for this project, or can I just add up all the segments in the picture displaying the lay out with the carabineers and rings.

Last, but not least, how did you acquire the canvas, is it something that you could purchase from a local fabric store? Did you use any special thread to sew the canvas in to make it sturdier or just normal sewing techniques?

IamWe (author)jreinhold2015-09-12

The diameter of the aluminium tubing is 18mm. A piece is 20cm and 17cm without the narrow in-tube part. All 4 pieces together are about 65cm. The aluminium plates have a thickness of 3mm. The total lenght Dyneema cord I used was 10 meter. You have to take the lines 20cm longer at each side than in the drawing. This for the knot around ring or carabiner. I calculated some lines longer because of customizing positions. The canvas I bought on the local market. No special thread is used but always a double seam. Success, show yours on 'I made it'.

thundrepance (author)2015-08-05

TOO FUNNY, & it looks comfortable! .... "simple solutions for non-existing problems" cracks me up! x^D

your back yard [garden] is GORGEOUS!

IamWe (author)thundrepance2015-08-06

The moment you find a solution for a problem, this becomes non-existing. My approach is minimalistic, wherefore it seems too simple. This makes it funny.

Thank you that you really appreciate our garden. 35 years ago I was witness of the sprouting of the big tree shown in the video. We grew up together. It was a pleasure to present the WeDangle, hanging at a branch of this giant.

aflores42 (author)2015-08-04

I saw your reply but I touched the picture multiple times all over it only appears as a photo and nothing more

IamWe (author)aflores422015-08-05

This is the direct link to the WeDangle YouTube video.

aflores42 (author)IamWe2015-08-05

Thank you very much Berto I found it along with 24 other videos nice inventions and makings I thinks I'll try some of them. Thanks again keep em coming. ;-)

aflores42 (author)2015-08-04

There's no video on this post as you describe. Just saying cool idea great for camping trip. Can't wait to make one but I like videos much more that reading material for instructions on how to make stuff like this. Nonetheless I starting on mine. Thanks

IamWe (author)aflores422015-08-04

Go to step 1 for the video. You are not the first one who thinks this is a picture. The play button is right on my chest. Photo's and video show more as text can discribe. Don't forget to make a photo from your dangle. Use the 'I made it' button at the top.

nathanaloysiusbash (author)2015-08-04

Ik hou van je instructables! Kleding schommel, houten motor voor boot, de uitwisseling van boor batterijen, smartphone hoofd mount, accu poncho. Alle briljant. Goed gedaan!

IamWe (author)nathanaloysiusbash2015-08-04

Dank je Nathane! Het doet me goed dat je mijn Instructables zo waardeert.

scouterij (author)2015-08-04

i wish you don't need go to the bath quickly......


ElectroFrank (author)2015-08-04

Wonderful ! I am totally hooked.

I must suspend my operations, branch out and string one together sometime.

When you are living by the seat of your pants, this is ideal for just hanging about.

MiltReynolds (author)2015-08-01

I love ropes, cords, and knots, but still I feel a bit overwhelmed by the complexity of the ensemble. It seems that it would be easy to overlook a critical connection, or a frayed cord, or a metal part with a rough edge. I do admire the care you've taken in designing it, and the instructable was extremely well-done. Perhaps the next version might have all the parts connected as a whole, but covered with Velcro flaps? Open the flaps and the cords are released, already tied? Or something along those lines?

IamWe (author)MiltReynolds2015-08-04

Thanks that you appreciate the project! Also for your accurate analysis of the WeDangle. You are right; as much as possible parts have already to be tied before connection at the attachment ring. Important is a quick emergency release. Much can be done to optimalize/adapt the design. The WeDangle 1.0 has proven to be practical and comfortable.

swilus (author)2015-08-02

I have been really interested in getting the most functionality out of any garment I wear. This gives me something else to think about. Thanks for sharing this neat concept! Keep on making maker!

ladymda (author)2015-08-02

Very cool and clever, thanks for sharing.

blorgggg (author)2015-08-02

Terrific!

powerfulparadox (author)2015-08-02

This is a really neat idea. It deserves to be improved upon. (Looks at schedule... Maybe later?)

chrisjlionel (author)2015-08-02

Cool.

Otaku Kani (author)2015-08-01

I was reading this late at night while falling asleep. Dozed off just for seconds and had a nightmare where I was using this rig to awake being beaten by neighborhood kids who had mistook me for a pinata! I don't think I could ever use this now for fears of that happening!

Made my day!

sunshiine (author)2015-08-01

Love this idea. Very clever. Thanks for sharing and do have a great day.

sunshiine

CJStephens (author)2015-08-01

Very unique Idea and design! I dont think Ive ever seen anything like this before. Great job!

krusoe (author)2015-08-01

Bravo c est brillant .!

bsiegmann (author)2015-08-01

Neat idea. Possible camping option for summer with a bug net ?

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