so i was tasked with producing a chair for 7-8 year old children for my coursework, but me being me i wanted to be able to use it too so i decided to make it truly versatile and make a chair that could be used by almost anyone from about the age of 7 upwards.

After much research and tedious design, here is what i came up with.

Step 1: The Design and Materials

i wanted a design that would appeal to as many different age groups as possible but still keep it stylish enough to keep in the house.
but with all this in mind i also needed to produce the whole thing within a budget of £100 and also within a time frame of a month.
after weeks of deliberation i decided on the barrel design because barrels are cheap if not free, they are made of steel so are strong and durable and also easy to finish.

  • the obvious choice for the body of the chair was an 88 gallon oil drum, they are easy enough to get hold of, i went down to a local fuel supplier, not like a fuel station but one of the depots that the oil companies distribute fuel from.
  • some rubber edging, i got mine from a local hard wear store that sells rubber seals.
  • 12mm marine ply, i managed to get hold of some scrap wood that was perfect for this project but otherwise you can just buy some. 
  • i decided to add a wheel base that can be removed and replaced when wanted. 
  • for the internals i used two pieces of 25mm mild steel box section for the supports.
  • green and yellow acrylic paint for the detailing 
  • wood and metal primers
  • super matt black paint
  • areldite glue, small nails, frog tape, rollers, angle grinder, etc. 

​Nice chair! I have been searching for a cool chair to go with my desk, and I love the design! I think im going to use wood instead of the barrel, however. Thanks for the 'structable!
<p>that is probably one of the best homemade chairs for gaming i have seen in a long time... i gots ta make its</p>
Very very cool design! I have been kicking around ideas for a really nice gaming chair for my step son, I think this will now be a huge part of that design!
You can build a big subwoofer into the bottom to make a great bass system!
not a bad idea, cables would be a pain if you started rolling around on the thing. may stick one in there and see what it sounds like!
You can build a big subwoofer into the bottom to make a great bass system!
thanks, I'd love to see the result of that, planning to do just that from this chair.
Hey thats very cool
That looks great; good job.<br> <br> The drips are a nice touch ( maybe luminous paint would be even better.)
thanks, didn't think of that! maybe some modifications are in order... <br>

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