How to Make a Swivel Glider Chair

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How to Make a Swivel Glider Chair
Swivel chairs are convenient. (swivel rocker chair image by James Phelps from

Swivel gliding mechanisms can add convenience and comfort to living room chairs. One of the most beneficial aspects to the mechanism is that it allows the chair to spin, sometimes in a full 360-degree turn. A swivel glider also allows chairs to sway back and forth while remaining in place. Swivel gliding mechanisms can be pricey and cumbersome, so it is wise to have two people assist in adding this contraption to a chair. Building a swivel gliding chair can be done using basic tools.

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Things you need

  • Chair
  • Swivel glider
  • Plywood
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • Measuring Tape
  • Screw Gun
  • Screws
  • Exacto-Knife

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  1. 1

    This project works best with a living room lounge chair, such as a wing or club chair. Turn the chair upside down. If the chair has legs, saw them off so that they are flush with the bottom frame. Cut and remove any fabric from the bottom of the seat that the chair's frame is exposed.

  2. 2

    Measure and cut two pieces of plywood. Each piece should measure 3/4 of an inch thick and 3-1/2 inches wide. Screw each piece of plywood into the left and right frame walls of the chair. Install wood at the centre of each frame wall, exactly 1 foot back from the front of the chair. Use four screws in each corner of the wood.

  3. 3

    Turn the swivel glider upside down and fit the top sides of the glider into the bottom frame of the chair. The swivel glider is a one-piece mechanism with a bracketing frame and a stainless steel ring. The bracketing frame attaches to the chair. The ring sits on the floor, essentially becoming "the legs" of the chair. The front of the swivel glider must face the front of the chair. You can tell the front of the swivel glider by the way its side brackets are angled. The brackets angle up toward the front. The device can weigh up to 11.3 Kilogram, so ask someone to help you hold it in place during assembly.

  4. 4

    Align the swivel glider bracket mounting holes to the plywood. Screw the brackets to the wood. There will be about five mounting holes present on each side. The chair should measure 7 inches on both sides from the bottom of the chair frame to the stainless steel ring. Flip the chair upright and sit, glide and swivel.

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