Monday, July 29, 2013

PVC Pipe chairs in 3 sizes!

I have been hunting yard sales all summer for folding camping chairs for my kids .. so far nothing. 

I looked at buying them .. but even at just $10.00 bucks a pop I thought maybe I could do better. 

I happened to see a pin recently of a lawn chair made from PVC pipe .. too bad the picture did not go anywhere! (anyone else hate that?!?!)

Thankfully the picture was labeled enough I could make one .. which turned out to be super small.   So I adjusted the sizes to make it larger .. and even larger still!

These chairs are super easy to make and pretty cheap too.



Small Chair: Perfect for a 1-2  year old

1 - 10' piece of 3/4 PVC $1.98
8 -  90 degree elbows $.46 each
6 -  T joints $.46 each
= $8.42

Cut List:
7 - 10" (A)
4 - 5" (B)
4 - 4" (C)
2 - 6" (D)

Medium Chair: Perfect for a 3-4 year old

2 - 10" piece of 3/4 PVC $3.96 (you will have left over)
8 -  90 degree elbows $.46 each
6 -  T joints $.46 each
= $10.40

Cut List:
7 - 13" (A)
4 - 8" (B)
4 - 5" (C)
2 - 7" (D)

Large Chair: Perfect for a 5-6 year old

2 - 10" piece of 3/4 PVC $3.96 (you will have left over) ((If you make the medium chair and large chair you will just need 3 pieces as your extra from each chair are used on the other one)
8 -  90 degree elbows $.46 each
6 -  T joints $.46 each
= $10.40

Cut List:
7 - 16" (A)
4 - 10" (B)
4 - 5" (C)
2 - 9" (D)

each chair also used about 1/4 yard of fabric, all from my stash and 1 can of paint, 4 bucks each at Lowe's.

Assembly - well I could not figure out a way to label a pictures in such a way you could understand it .. but really these chairs are not hard!



A is the bottom 2 pieces, 2 arm rests, 2 that form the seat and 1 for the head rest. 
B is the 4 pieces leading up to the "seat", these determine how high off the ground the child sits. 
C is the 4 pieces from the seat to the top of the arm rest, these determine how high the arm rests are.
D is the 2 pieces that make the head rest, these determine how tall the back of the chair is.



Clear as mud??  

After you make the chair .. just measure the width of the "seat" and from the head rest to the seat bottom with some slack.  You just need a panel that is sewn on all 4 sides with 2 pockets to slide the pipe through.


If you want to,  you can spray paint them!  I would do it together as painting them makes them just thick enough they are hard to put together again!  And you don't need to paint the two bars covered in fabric. 


Stick the fabric on and there ya go!


In case you are wondering about the sizes .. I was able to get all 3 kids sitting all at once .. for about 2 nano seconds .. and no, they are not all smiling. 


My daughter on the left is 3
My son in the middle is 5
And my daughter on the right just turned a year.  

And as an added bonus .. they stack! 


If you were planing on taking these camping  .. you could take them all apart and wrap all the pipes in the cover and they would be as small, if not smaller then ugly camping chairs! 


My chairs were featured on  photo grabbutton2_zps7d635a69.png Photobucket
 

75 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I love the colorful fabrics too! Your kids must feel super special. :)

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  2. Your chairs are awesome. PVC pipes can make just about anything.

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  3. totally inventive!! Please come share these at What to do Weekends Party! wow. I couldn't find your social media buttons. Do you do Facebook and Twitter... Pinterest? Best wishes, Linda

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    1. I linked up at your party! Thanks for the invite! I dont have social media buttons yet .. but soon! You can find me on facebook here https://www.facebook.com/pages/5th-Brick-House-On-The-Right/145992865597575

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  4. Super cute!
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    P.S. I would love if you would link up any of your awesome posts at my July Totally Tuesday Link Party: http://madcapfrenzy.blogspot.com/2013/07/july-totally-tuesday-link-party.html
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  5. Oh I absolutely love these HOw fun and so creative. Thanks so much for sharing. Thanks also for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  6. Oh my goodness, what a great idea! They are SO cute :) My hubby is a plumber so we always have lots of pvc scraps around!!

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  7. I wanted to let you know that you are being featured on the new party tonight! I love the chairs. So inventive. Also PINNED. Linda Craftsalamode.com

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    1. I feel so honored! thank you so much Linda!!

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  8. Happy Friday! My Friday Flash Blog linky party is live @ The Jenny Evolution – a flash mob of blogs where you share your favorite posts of the week. Hope to see you there -- you may just get highlighted next week!

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    1. I linked up Jennifer .. thanks for the heads up!!

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  9. So cute! Thanks for linking up to Tell Me Tuesday! You are featured this week. Have a great week:) Tori

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    1. Thank you so much Tori for the feature!

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  10. These are just awesome! Featuring them at tonight's Trash 2 Treasure link party. I'm hoping my hubby helps me make these!! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Kammy for the feature!

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  11. Such a great idea! I'm pinning this and featuring it at Terrific Tuesdays this week.

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    1. Rachel - Thank you so much for the feature, what an honor!

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  12. What a cute idea! I'd love for you to link up to The DIY'ers! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-diyers-and-my-new-rug.html

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    1. I just linked up! Thanks for the heads up!

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  13. Cute chairs, adorable children! Do you think these could be enlarged for adults? Or would they not be sturdy enough? I'm thinking of those time when we need more chairs than normal and want something cuter than what's on the market.

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    1. Since you mentioned it... my oldest girls sat in the larger chair and fit just fine! They are 10 and 12! I would think you could easily add a few inches here and there and make it adult size! I would just make sure you sew and lock your seams enough the fabric can hold your weight! (well not yours personally .. dont shoot!)

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  45. Wow! Made it in 30min with my 2 1/2 yr olds help, of course. So easy and way more fun to make with my son than to buy. Mommy made the mess and little one cleaned up. Great experience. My only modification is still in process but plan to macrame the seat sling.

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