Four Dollar Stackable Children’s Chairs

Submitted by Ana White on Sun, 11/07/2010 - 19:43
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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

2. Stackable

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.

Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

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
wood glue
finishing supplies

Cut List

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)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1

Side Supports

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.

Step 2

Front Legs

Now just screw the legs to the front apron and supports. Use 1 1/4″ screws to screw into the side supports.

Step 3

Side Aprons

Now simply add the side aprons with glue and 1 1/4″ screws.

Step 4

Back Apron

Back apron is the same length as the seat slats. Just attach the back apron with 2″ screws and glue.

Step 5

Step 6

Back Slats

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.

Step 7

Seat 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.


Lexi Williams

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 18:18

I am new here and I love it! I have made a picnic table from this site so far and this will be my next project! I am double teaming these chairs with my grandpa. I will be building and he will be painting. =]

Carrie Stratton (not verified)

Sat, 10/13/2012 - 09:09

I was wondering where to do the pocket holes on the aprons in order to avoid hitting the pocket holes on the supports. There is no guide for this and it seems like they would hit one another. I am a beginner so I may be looking at it wrong. Any advice would be great!! Thanks:)

Kassi (not verified)

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 06:55

I'm confused about where your placement of screws and pre drilled holes go? And also, when you predrill holes are you always using the kreg jig because we are and some of our screws are splitting the wood. I'm confused about what the seat slats are screwed into. Please help! Only 8 days til Christmas!


Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:40

These plans are built around 3/4" furring strips.

The ones I found at home depot were closer to 5/8" which will throw off the back apron. And the width of the 1x2 will throw off the side apron


Mon, 07/25/2016 - 10:41

I planned this on paper first and the dimensions of the frame don't match up. I am left with 1/4" for the side and the back apron is also too short.

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