UPDATED! Simple DIY Sukkah - Build Your Own From PVC Pipe - Free Standing





Introduction: UPDATED! Simple DIY Sukkah - Build Your Own From PVC Pipe - Free Standing

Happy 5777!

Please review the PDF to see how you can build an amazingly sturdy custom-sized sukkah. The stability comes from the way the corners are put together. This year, my sukkah will be 8 feet long by 8 feet wide by 7 feet high. I think that 10 x 10 x 8 should be the maximum size. I RECOMMEND THAT YOU BUILD A SQUARE SUKKAH. SEVERAL PEOPLE HAVE BUILT RECTANGULAR SUKKAHS AND REPORTED THAT THE DESIGN IS NOT AS STABLE. YOU CAN BUILD TWO SQUARE SUKKAHS AND PLACE THEM ALONGSIDE IF YOU WANT A BIGGER FOOTPRINT. I used 1.5" PVC for all the pipes.

The photos illustrate each of the steps:

The first two photos show some of the tools I used.

The different pieces necessary for the sukkah are displayed in the next photo. There is also a close-up of what the corner elbow looks like.

The next three photos are devoted to creating the base. One picture shows how the T-shaped connectors are attached to the base. The 4 corners sections are formed by a 90 degree elbow with one foot pieces attached at each end. The base is assembled by tamping the corner sections into the "T" connectors. (Note: the open end of each "T" must face directly upward for it will be receiving the uprights.)

Once the base is created, the following two photos show you how the uprights looked when tamped in. One photo shows the first upright. The other photo shows all 8 uprights connected.

The roof is essentially the mirror image of the base, with the "T"s facing downward.

There were just two of us assembling the sukkah, so instead of building the entire "roof" and lifting it onto the uprights, we did it piece by piece. One photo shows the first horizontal roof piece being tamped into place and the next photo shows the corner section being added once two horizontal roof bars had been connected.

The final photo shows my friend Robin's sukkah, built according to these plans prior to being decorated. I think she found it an easy plan to follow.

To decorate: What I did once for the wall covering was to take bedsheets and sew on straps at the top so the they could be tied onto the head rails. The last time I built it, I bought inexpensive tab curtains, 12 panels in all. The tabs can fit over the PVC before the "T"s are tamped into place. For the roof schach, you can lay bamboo poles or thinner pipes across the top and throw greenery on top of them. If the poles aren't long enough, you can lay them diagonally across the corners. The person who first built this structure stretched fabric across the top and knotted it to the head rails. Greenery can be added on top of this.

Words to the wise: If you are storing your sukkah for a year, check the glued "T"s and the corner connections each year before building. Super glue is super - but it needs to be checked over. You can also use PVC cement - but get the clear kind. Whatever you use, make sure the connections haven't come loose. If they have, just re-glue or use a stronger glue. Note: you need not use any glue at all. It is fine to just tamp joints really hard with the rubber mallet. Up to you.

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22 Discussions

I made this Succah this year, 10x10' and about 8'4" high. Never had one before but kids now interested and I found your design, which is cheap, easy (for a DIY Luddite like me), and easy to disassemble/reassemble.
I live in London and it was pretty windy the first two nights after assembly, but it stood up to the battering.
I used translucent tarpaulin to create walls with natural light; bamboo sticks square-lashed together resting on the roof (and tied to the floor) to make a grid to support the branches; I also have a not-very-kosher but removable tarpaulin roof to keep the inside dry.
Thanks for this - it's been great! Much cheaper and more satisfying than a pre-fab, and much easier than wood.
Chag Sameach,

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Looks great! Glad it worked out. Happy Hanukah!


9 months ago

12 x 10 x 8, similar to the photo posted by @YefimK1 - planning on building it tomorrow - now that all the parts have been drawn and calculated. will update on it's success (or failure)

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I think it might work better as a square - but this looks like a fabulous design with all the extra verticals and horizontals. Let us know how it works out!


Great plan and design.However, keep in mind that according to halachos, the walls should be sturdy
enough to remain in position when the wind blows.

What I did was go to Home Depot and somehow convinced someone there to split their cedar 2"x4"x10fts down the center, making them 2"x2"x 10fts. I got 4 of these and evenly spaced them going in one direction over the roof. I lashed them down with some twine. Then I laid our schach perpendicular to those beams. We used George Cane - a bit like bamboo - as schach. Perhaps the dried out palms do weigh less - but maybe not much less. Luckily, the cedar doesn't weigh that much. Note: if you want to put holiday lights on your sukkah, I would recommend laying the beams, then stringing the lights and tying them down to one of the verticals - closest to your outlet. Then lay the schach on top of the lights. Hope this helps.

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This helps a ton, thank you! Next year it will be so much easier since the work of the PVC assembly is done. The roof will rock! Thanks again. :)

If we use the instructions as published, how much fabric would you recommend using?

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I ended up buy really inexpensive tab curtains. I think I used 12 panels in all (6 pairs of curtains). Hope that helps. I can't remember the dimensions of king-sized sheets - but those might work fine if you got 4 of them. Hope this helps!

YES! SQUARE IT MUST BE! (Not you, that is...the sukkah)

awlriiiight we're doing this, and doing this square!

This design looks awesome. I want to build a more rectangular sukkah,

Dimensions: L =10ft, W = 6ft and H = 6.5ft. Do you think that it would have the same stability as the more square design?

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Hi. Please note that the person who built a rectangular sukkah did have some issues which *might* have been caused by the rectangular structure. See discussion above. Good luck!

Hi. This year our sukkah was 107" x 107" x 86". (Cut pieces were 75" & 12" for base pieces and 84" for the height). This way we could lay 10ft pieces of cedar across the roof and they fit perfectly. I am getting four cheap full-sized flat sheets and sewing ribbon/webbing ties along the long side to tie them at the roof line. Each sheet is 87" x 102" so they should fit perfectly. Will post final picture. Sukkah looks great. A friend made a string of apples to go across. If the squirrels stay away they should dry perfectly.

E - what did you use across the top? Are there bars or slats or something under the fabric? I'm going to have Avi tie string across the top (I hate climbing on stepladders). Got the walls up - pictures coming soon!

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We lay bamboo stalks (which we happened to have) across the corners since they aren't long enough to go the full span of sukkah. Then we throw boughs on top. I have contemplated making it smaller so that it will be easier to roof (but then it will hold fewer people). Just make the pipes between the "T"'s shorter next year. You can also just drape fabric across the top for the roof. Can't wait to see those pictures!

I like it.
I think you'd get more views and votes if you actually typed the instructions up an posted them with pictures. Even pictures with the sukkah disassembled would be nice.
I voted for you.

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Thanks. You are right! I will do that tomorrow when we build the sukkah! Step by step with images is the way to go.