From Pallet to a Flat Pack Chair
Here’s How I assembled My own Flat Pack Garden Chair
Pallets and flat packs go hand to hand, which offers a wide field for experiments and creativity. The good thing is that you could build all sorts of home furnishing without any of the hassle that an Ikea assembly service will cost you, not to mention the Ikea home delivery fee and etc. Of course you could always use a third party company like Fantastic furniture assembly, which IMO is a better option, but if you are the DIY kind of guy – no comment.
Ready to assemble projects like this one are becoming evermore popular and I think that eventually this will lead to a revolution in interior design, home furnishing and furniture assembly in general. There are a gazillion reasons why such wooden flat packs are gaining so much traction, but “the most important” reason of all is the of course – the price. Let’s take Ikea for an example. The Ikea delivery charges are simply absurd, not to mention their latest change.. That’s why if chose to build the chair my own flat pack way, period.
For the actual furniture assembly of the cute chair project you will need the following:
- -A healthy looking pallet
- -Another half of a pallet
- -A sharp saw or electrical jigsaw
- -An electric drill
- -A good sander
- -A handful of rivets, nuts and bolts.
- -Patience and passion for building
The first step is to prepare all flat pack assembly parts required. The project is pretty simple so this is perfect for first time furniture builders. Use your saw/jigsaw and cut the first unit in two. Measure carefully and slice a third off as shown. Leave only three planks. In case you have interior design preferences, you could go on and add decoration to the upper end of your future chair legs. With my assembly project I’ve done a slight angle cut, just so it looks a bit better. Nothing too fancy here. Of course, you could improvise as much and as far as you want to!
Next you should dismantle the wooden unit to a point, where it looks just as I’ve shown in the photo. Use what’s left to prepare the flat pack parts for your chair’s side panels. Just so you have a better look to it, the length of both front legs should be shorter than those in the back. Of course, when you are the furniture assembler, you can montage these parts how ever you feel like.
I used screws 85 mm, which is not a must. You could go for more and for less, whatever suites your assembly project.
The side parts have the role of a frame. Make sure you buy proper parts. Add two to each side of your flat pack chair and mount it tight.
After the whole assembly project is done with you should have something that looks like the photo. As I mentioned earlier, in case you have any interior design requirements you could always apply some sanding as well as paint and of course – a pillow. In this case the newly built ready to assemble chair has no paint to it. I personally prefer the way wood looks and feels like.
To assemble a chair unit together is probably among the simplest and easiest flat pack projects, done out of pallets. I personally adore some of the new Ikea furniture catalogue, but in to common case I prefer to experiment more, so if there’s an Ikea hack that is worth I would totally do it, but from there on I prefer to build my own flat pack’s fantastic furniture assembly.
The great part is you can always dismantle the unit, pack it up tight and relocated into your new home or it’s new owner.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my small guide and I’m looking forward to see whatever adaptation you will come up with!
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Screws, bolts & rivets