Stackable economical lightweight children's chairs.
Now that I've designed quite a few adult chairs (for example, this squared chair, plans here), thought I would take some time to work on a childrens design. Specifically, one that met these requirements:
1. Under $5 a chair
3. Super easy to build
4. Lightweight enough for my 18 month old niece to carry
5. But still sturdy enough for me to sit on.
And after a couple of prototypes and some redesigning in the garage, I think we've found our winner.
And yes, they do stack. Not sure exactly at what point the chairs would tip forward, but at least four high would work.
And because we went with a slatted seat, this chair would also work well outdoors if finished appropriately.
2 – 1x3s, 8′ long (Furring strips were used for my chair, about $1.50 each)
1 – 1×2, 8′ long (furring strips again, $1 a stick)
1 1/4″ screws
2″ screws OR 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws for pocket holes
3 – 1×3 @ 11″ (Front and Side Aprons)
2 – 1×3 @ 11 3/4″ (Side Supports)
2 – 1×2 @ 13 1/4″ (Front Legs)
8 – 1×3 @ 12 1/2″ (Seat Slats and Back Slats)
2 – 1×2 @ 26″ (Back Legs)
Predrill holes and screw the side supports to the front aprons. I built mine with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws, but you could also use 2″ screws. Use glue.
Now just screw the legs to the front apron and supports. Use 1 1/4″ screws to screw into the side supports.
Now simply add the side aprons with glue and 1 1/4″ screws.
Back apron is the same length as the seat slats. Just attach the back apron with 2″ screws and glue.
Predrill and attach the back slats to the back legs. I spaced mine 1 1/2″ apart. For a different look, you can cut an arch shape out or use three 1x2s for back slats.
Predrill two holes in both ends of each seat slat. Then screw the seat slats to the chair frame, with 1/8″ gap (evenly spaced between all seat slats) between seat slats. Use glue.