Make Your Vacuum Cleaner Portable.

Who hasn't vacuum cleaned difficult areas of the house like stairs or the high edges of a wall and felt it was a bit uncomfortable to do with hose in one hand and vacuum cleaner in another? Okay, maybe, but suppose you have. Here's your solution: "The Makepiesnotsense Vacpack" It's your vacuum cleaner in a backpack.

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Materials & Tools.

1)big unhandy vacuum cleaner
2)big useless backpack


Step 2: Cut & Draw.

There are parts of the backpack that will have to be cut open. Put the vacuum cleaner in the backpack to find out where all those places are. Mark them with a pencil first, then take out the vacuum cleaner and start cutting the holes.

Here is a list of the necessary holes in your backpack:

1) hose hole
this is where the hose will exit the backpack

2) plug hole
this is where the plug will exit the backpack

3) air hole (most important one!!)
this is where the exiting air from the vacuum cleaner will be able to escape

Step 3: Vacpack.

Now you can put the vacuum cleaner into your backpack and there you go: a vacpack. No more difficulties when vacuum cleaning any uneven spaces where you can't roll your vacuum cleaner. Simply carry your vacpack on your back and you'll be the hero of your next obsessive-compulsive disorder meeting! You can even force your friends to wear it and make them look like a Ghostbuster.

Be the First to Share


    • Furniture Contest

      Furniture Contest
    • Reuse Contest

      Reuse Contest
    • Hot Glue Speed Challenge

      Hot Glue Speed Challenge

    16 Discussions


    8 weeks ago

    Good idea especially for the winter; your back will be warm.
    Vacuum cleaners get very hot.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Steps quite specific guidelines. Consumers can refer to when planning to buy a portable vacuum cleaner


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Bout time sombody Instructable a cordless extension lead! :)


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I saw a maid once, using a backpack vacuum, so they're on the market already made that way. But an instructable to make your own is much cooler. You probably can find a used backpack at a thrift store.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Backpack vacuums are definitely on the market, but they're too expensive! I needed one for my hardware floors- to touch-up vacuum without have to move everything around. So I bought one of these canister vacuums and picked up a used backpack @ the thrift store. A pair of heavy duty scissors and 10 minutes later, my backpack vac was ready to go. Great idea, submitter. Thanks!

    I have a small car battery with a 3000 watt inverter rigged to be carried on my back. Weighs about 30 pounds, not counting the electric chainsaw...


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Personally, I just attatct the carry handle & shoulder strap onto my Kirby and sling it over my shoulder and I'm off to the stairs!!! :D (Of course, I plug it in first... :P )


    12 years ago on Introduction

    what about the air blown from the vacuum cleaner ? I'm pretty sure your vaccum will become dangerously hot ! You may cut a part of the bag where the air blow, and sew some "aero textile" (don't know the english word for this !)

    1 reply

    see air hole.
    (every vacuum cleaner is individual, so you've got to find out where the air escapes from yours, then cut a hole according to your detection)


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Portable power would be a really cool addition! Great job!


    :-|... i thaught this would be portable run on battery power" :-( well it is still cool..i guess .