How to Make a Chair Out of Sticks

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How to Make a Chair Out of Sticks
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A simple chair consists of legs and a back. Though commonly made of finished wood, a chair can be made of almost any similarly sturdy material. Even sticks can be secured together in the basic form of a chair, the seat being formed of additional sticks. A stick chair can be a quick seating solution while out in the wilderness, or it can be an interesting addition to a rustic decor.

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Things you need

  • Four sturdy forked sticks, 30 inches long
  • Seven sticks, 20 inches long
  • Two to four thinner sticks
  • Thongs, straps or cords

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  1. 1

    Cut the nonforked ends of the forked sticks so that the sticks are exactly even in length. These sticks must be strong enough to support the weight of a person.

  2. 2

    Rest a 20-inch stick in the fork of two forked sticks. Bind the 20-inch stick in place, wrapping the cord as many times as needed to make your stick secure. Use any kind of knot that will not easily come loose. Repeat the same procedure with the other two forked sticks. You should have two pairs of forked sticks, each of which is joined by a stick across the top.

  3. 3

    Rest another 20-inch stick on the inner side of a fork at the same end of each of the two pairs of forked sticks. Bind the stick in place. Repeat the procedure with the other pair of forked sticks. You should have what looks like a square supported by the four forked sticks. This is the seat.

  4. 4

    Tie another 20-inch stick upright to one of the sticks forming the seat. Again, wrap the cord securely around the stick, and tie with a knot that will not easily come loose. Tie another stick upright to the opposite end of the same stick. Tie the remaining 20-inch stick across the tops of the two upright sticks.

  5. 5

    Lay the thinner sticks across the seat of your stick chair. Space them evenly to form a sitting area. Tie them in place.

Tips and warnings

  • For each part of your stick chair, select sticks that are evenly matched in thickness. The legs should be of similar size to each other, as should the parts of the back, the parts of the seat and then the seat itself. For maximum comfort, use smooth sticks for the actual seat.
  • Construct the seat of your stick chair of sticks that is strong enough to support the weight of a person. Add additional sticks as needed. Interlace them if necessary. The finished seat can be covered with a leafy branch or a cloth.

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