Introduction: PVC Pipe Chair
I am new to Instructables and this is my first tutorial, so it might be a little shabby. The inspiration for this chair came from the PVC contest Instructables is holding. I saw all the cool things made from PVC pipes and I decided to make something myself. This chair is relatively easy to make and took me one or two days to finish, excluding the time it took me to figure out how to build and assemble it. It may look fragile, but it can support my 135 pound dad easily. You can use PVC primer and cement to make it stronger, like I did. The rope seat and backrest is pretty comfortable, but you can use fabric instead. I hope you enjoy this tutorial. Please vote this tutorial for the PVC pipe contest I mentioned at the beginning of this intro if you liked it. :)
Step 1: Stuff You'll Need
For this project, you will need:
1 1/4 in. PVC pipes cut into 1 1/2", 5", 17" and 19" lengths as shown in the picture above.
1 1/4 in. end caps
1 1/4 in. standard T connectors
1 1/4 in. elbow connectors
PVC primer and cement (optional)
Rope or fabric
Step 2: Step 1: the Legs
Connect an end cap, a T-connector, and two 5" pieces of PVC pipe like shown in the pictures above. Repeat this four times. Then connect them together using 17" pieces of PVC pipe. These will be the legs of your chair.
Step 3: Step 2: the Back and Seat
Connect two 19" pipes and a 17" pipe using the elbow connectors. This will be the back of the chair. Put two T-connectors on the ends of a 17" PCV pipe. Do this again to make 2 similar pieces. Then put an elbow connector and a T-connector onto the ends of another 17" PVC pipe. Do this again to make 2 similar pieces. These will be assembled to make the seat of the chair. Refer to the last picture to see all the parts you should have so far.
Step 4: Step 3: Assembling the Chair
This step looks complicated, but it is actually pretty easy. Remember those funky-looking pieces of pipe with the connectors sticking out the ends that you made in Step 2? Put the ones with the two T-connectors on the bottom and stack the ones with the elbow perpendicularly on top, as in the picture above. Connect them using the four short 1 1/2" pieces of pipe so they stay together. This is the seat of the chair. These next few steps are pretty logical. Attach the leg pieces to the bottom of the seat and the back to the top of the seat. You have now completed the frame of the chair.
Step 5: Step 4: Something to Sit On
So now you have completed the frame of the chair. But you can't sit on it yet. It's still missing the bottom and the backrest. Make those using rope or fabric. I used rope for my project. I think the back looks pretty nice. The seat looks fragile, but it is very comfortable and can support a lot of weight. I think I might make another one and use fabric instead to see how it would turn out. If you do decide to make one and use fabric, comment below and let me know! Thanks for reading this tutorial and have a nice day. ;)
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7 years ago on Introduction
Great - I like it!
In my experience of PVC pipe, it's difficult to paint - the colour tends not to stick well, unless the surface is roughened first.