After wandering through the hardware store, I came out with: chains, eyebolts, nuts, washers, painter’s dropcloth, lumber, metal bucket, bubble wrap, and colored duct tape. All for the same project – crazy!! But it all pulled together for my amazing Reading Nook Hanging Chair.
I LOVE the look – it’s the shiny hardware that makes the biggest statement:
The chair doesn’t hang too high off the ground, so it’s easily accessible to young children. I mounted it in the corner so it won’t swing back and forth too much. The chair is a relatively easy construction project that anyone can conquer (really! just a few cuts – I was proud that I worked the chop-saw by myself – and then a few screws to hold it together). I will provide you all the measurements for mine so you don’t have to think, but you can also adjust my measurements to fit your own needs.
Want a quick tutorial??
–First, I spray-painted a dropcloth orange. I did this because everything had to come from the hardware store – normally I would have just used a fabric that I liked.
–Cut 3 pieces out of a 2×4 – mine short ones were 12 inches, but I don’t think they needed to be quite that long. You’ll need one 18 inches long as well. Paint and set aside.
–Cut a piece out of the dropcloth. 12 inches wide and long enough to drape to where you’d like it. Then fold over each end to make a pocket for the 2×4 – make it a little big so a bolt can fit in. Refer to the picture:
–Then I added a back to the sling part – mainly because my kids are little, so this wouldn’t be a have-to. I set out the sling part like in the picture above and traced that curve. To make it more of a bucket-seat, I added pleats to one edge, like so:
The back side of the pleats:
Then I sewed the pleat side to the sling, right sides together. That’s it.
Screw the long 2×4 onto the back of the shorter ones after they have been fed into the pockets – to hold the sides apart. I then used eye-screw things in the 4 corners to hold the chain. Let me know if you have any questions!