DIY child bike seat
How to make a seat for a child yourself
This article might not have happened, if not for one unpleasant incident that happened last year. On one of the spring nights, 3 of our bicycles were stolen at once: my “Tourist”, “Sputnik” of my wife and “Kama” of my eldest son. It happened at the very beginning of the season, so I had to urgently take out a loan for the purchase of two bicycles and sort out the old Salute. We provided ourselves with transport, but another problem arose. Together with the “Tourist”, the child‘s seat of the youngest son also disappeared in an unknown direction (factory-made, if anyone remembers, there were such flat brown stools with footrests on sale earlier).
So, let’s go directly to manufacturing. We will need several free evenings, as well as a simple tool: metal scissors, a file, a vice, a hacksaw for metal (or “grinder”, which I did not have), an electric drill with drills, a set of wrenches and a screwdriver. For the basis of the future seat, I took a saddle from the frame of a child’s bicycle thrown out by someone. Actually, not even a saddle, but its base. The foam rubber and casing were completely replaced (special thanks to my wife for the neat sewing). It is advantageous to use a ready-made saddle because there are already risks on its ears that exclude turning in the longitudinal plane. But maybe you want to make everything yourself. it’s up to you.
I strongly recommend that all work be done not on a bicycle frame, but on a pipe of equal (or almost equal. no special accuracy is required here) with its diameter. In any case, no claims for scratched bicycles, torn cables, etc. will be accepted. all at your own risk. I will not provide any drawings with exact dimensions here. Firstly, all models have frames of different diameters, and secondly, I made my seat “by eye”, without any drawings, since ideas came to mind along the way.
The next step is to make a clamp for attaching the saddle to the frame. I used a steel sheet about a millimeter thick. The thickness of the material was taken such that the workpiece could be cut with scissors and bent, but at the same time, sufficient rigidity of the structure had to be ensured. Clamping metal scissors in a vice, cut off a strip 40 mm wide. Now you need to bend the workpiece according to the figure below.
Practice on a strip of tin first and then use it as a template. Tin is easy to bend, and it is much easier to redo the work in case of failure. Just make sure that there is enough space for the cables between the ears of the clamp after tightening. The clamp tongue should ideally touch the opposite side, that is, a full girth of the pipe is obtained. Remember to remove burrs from the ends. This will protect your hands from cuts and the frame from scratches. Next, we drill holes for the saddle axis. Choose a drill diameter that is much larger than the axle diameter. it will be easier to get into the holes during assembly. Trying to assemble our structure. My saddle ears are on the outside, and the collars are on the inside. It is not necessary to exert great effort when tightening the nuts, otherwise the ears will bend. It is necessary to ensure that the clamp does not rotate on the pipe. The inaccuracy in the manufacture of the clamp can be eliminated by gluing a rubber gasket of suitable thickness to its inner surface. I used an old Zhiguli camera. Now measure the distance between the lugs of the clamp and make an inner sleeve of any diameter (if only it fits on the saddle axis). This will prevent the ears from bending and will provide a good tightening of the nuts. Well, we have coped with the most difficult stage.
It remains only to paint our parts in a suitable color and you can proceed to the final assembly. Carefully unbend the saddle clamp and place its tongue under the cables. There are some difficulties with the cables: so that they do not rub against the edges, I put standard rubber stoppers inside the mount, which tend to come out when the cable is working. In an amicable way, it would be better to put a shell on the cables, but my hands did not reach that. We put on the saddle from above and insert the axle, while simultaneously inserting the sleeve inside. It may not be easy at first, but later on you will get used to it. for me the whole operation to install and remove the seat takes a few minutes. We attach the nuts, align the entire structure and tighten the connections. It is very important to stretch the nuts well, as children are restless people and love to fidget in the saddle. Choose the place of attachment of the saddle yourself so that the child’s knees do not rest on the handlebars, but there is also a place where you will jump from the saddle when you stop. Keep your child’s feet on the footrests clear of the front wheel fender when turning. So that is all.
Chair made of plastic bottles
- foam rubber or synthetic winterizer;
- the bottles themselves.
You will need a large number of empty plastic bottles, all of the same size and color. You will have to work a lot on the aesthetics of the product, in the sense that you need to maintain evenness.
First of all, the bottles in full are divided into 2 halves. The containers from the first are left in their original form. At the bottles from the second pile, the tops are cut off, which narrow at the neck. Whole bottles with the lid side are threaded into the cut elements, after which they are glued or fastened with tape. This results in many parts of the same size. The elements are connected between and assembled into an ottoman. A back is made from the next group of glued containers and attached to the highchair. The upper part of the back is rounded, just like the following elements. armrests. They are made like cylinders. The plastic chair should be slightly softened for seating. Upholstery is attached to it filled with padding polyester or foam rubber. Armrests are often softened as well.
Preference is given to half-liter and one-liter bottles, as they form a dense and comfortable canvas for sitting.
This is a familiar and at the same time special option for home and summer cottages. Materials required:
- fabric for the outer cover;
- for internal;
- 1 or 2 zippers, the second will be needed if it was decided not to sew up the inner cover, but also to do it with a zipper;
- graph paper for patterns;
- sewing machine.
The product consists of a cover and an interior. The cover, in turn, is double and has an upper and an inner part. The outer part is removed and cleaned, for this it is made with a zipper. The inner cover usually does not have such fittings and is filled with expanded polystyrene balls by two-thirds. The balls themselves do not exceed half a centimeter in diameter, so the filling easily takes the shape of the body. Fabrics for covers are selected lightweight, with a smooth texture, good air permeability.
In the process of creating a homemade beanbag chair, they resort to sewing. First, on graph paper, we make a wedge pattern, top and bottom. We transfer it to the fabric and cut it out with 1.5 cm allowances. In total, 6 wedges are needed, a hexagon-top and.base, a transfer handle for the upper cover, and everything is the same except for the handle for the lower one. We process the edges of the parts using a zigzag sewing machine. Fold the two side wedges with the front sides inward. Sew 15 cm on both sides along the long edge. We make rivets at the ends of the seams and install a zipper and sew. Then we work with other wedges, grind off the side seams, and also form a handle. We connect all the parts and take the bottom cover, which we make in the same way, but without a handle and a zipper.
How to restore an old chair
Old, dilapidated and broken products will get a new design if you plan all the steps to improve them. The first step is to remove the wooden elements of the armrests and legs. They are cleaned of varnish, if necessary, restore their integrity with glue and varnished again. The old upholstery is carefully removed. In most cases, the filler is replaced, and the new one is attached with a furniture stapler. New parts are cut out on the old upholstery and fastened in a similar way. The chair is then refurbished with updated armrests and legs. You should not throw away chairs on which some miniature part has broken or the upholstery has simply been rubbed. their repair will be quick and relatively simple. At the same time, chairs of the middle and second half of the 20th century are most often repaired with narrow, old-fashioned armrests. There are many such Soviet-made products left in apartments and houses.
Types of chairs for self-production
- rocking chairs.
First, the individual elements are created. Then they are processed and holes are made, paints and varnishes are applied to them. In some cases, an already completely finished product is improved. As for certain types of chairs, the feature of hard chairs is the lack of upholstery. Usually they are just chairs with armrests. Semi-soft options are an armchair with upholstery and filling inside. Soft padding is usually present on the seat, armrests, backrest. The fabric consumption will be low. The first two models of chairs are more suitable for the garden. A soft variety of chairs. fully upholstered with elastic material, a great option for the interior of the house. A rocking chair is suitable for the garden, veranda and the house itself. It can be furniture made of various materials or a wicker product. Different types of chairs are made from pallets, planks with beams, bars, and vines. Sometimes they use metal, and the algorithm of work then will not differ much from master classes with wooden models.
What materials to make
Craftsmen use improvised means, old folding beds. Any options are taken from fabrics, and different pieces: new, remnants, scraps. Wooden chests and iron hoops also make decent chairs. Pallets, crates and various pallets are ideal for geometrically straight products. Bars, boards and beams are assembled into chairs with a variety of joint angles. Wicker wicker chairs are made for a long time, using a creative approach. There are countless options for a wicker pattern. Classic armchairs are made of solid materials. A reliable frame is formed from bars, logs, MDF, chipboard, laminated chipboard, metal, boards and plywood. time, money and materials are spent on soft and frameless products. Sometimes they use metal, and the algorithm of work then will not differ much from master classes with wooden models. For manufacturing, including fabrics and foam rubber are used.
In order for the product to serve for many years and not cause discomfort, modern environmentally friendly materials should be selected.!
Kentucky Foldable Garden Chair
Kentucky, aka Kentucky, is a stylish option for any interior, garden and terrace. To make it, you will need the following materials and tools:
- Joiner’s glue.
- Drill with a drill for wood.
- Metal wire with a diameter of 4 mm.
- Wire fixing staples.
- Wire cutters or scissors.
You will also need bars for the long and short parts of the back, 4 and 2 pieces. accordingly, the bars for the seat. 6 pcs., for the front and rear legs. 2 pcs., as well as 9 connecting parts. The dimensions of the elements of the same type are selected identical with an accuracy of millimeters.
As for the choice of materials, conifers, including hard larch, are definitely not suitable. Coniferous material delaminates when straightness is violated due to different loads. The best will be dense multilayer species: oak, beech, elm, walnut. Moisture-resistant aspen is suitable.
At the assembly stage, the backrest elements are applied to the seat parts. The top of the back should be on the front of the seat and the bottom on the back. The backrest bars will then rest on the seat components. Then the transitional bars of the back-seat are alternately pushed apart and the furniture is opened like a fan. The backrest details are fixed between the bars. Then the edge of the transition bars is connected with a wire to the lower part of the back.
Transformer chair bed
It is necessary to prepare bars, boards, screws, hinges, sliding mechanism and sandpaper, as well as fabric, one way or another suitable for upholstery of the bed, for example, eco-leather.
We make seats and backs from boards. We form the seat from 3 parts, including 2 sliding ones. They should be a bar frame. We also make the sidewalls of the chair from the timber with handrails, legs and five uprights. When fastening all parts, we use self-tapping screws and glue for better fixing of these fasteners. We also process wood surfaces with sandpaper. We choose the sliding mechanism with hinges, we also make gaps so that there are no interruptions in its work. We fasten the seats with self-tapping screws on a canvas with bars. with the help of iron hinges. All three seats must be the same size for compatibility. The hinges themselves are bolted to the sidewall so that the transformer remains stable in any position. We also fix the legs with loop fasteners. When folded, they will “hide” in the chair.
Fabric and foam: making a frameless chair
Foam rubber with a density of 25 kg / m³ is selected, and among the fabrics one of the following:
Of the tools you need a tailor’s kit:
- Safety pins.
- Tailor’s meter.
- Colored crayons.
- Tailor’s scissors.
- Needles and threads.
- Sewing machine.
A frameless chair with foam rubber has 3 components: a more or less rigid foam rubber plate, an inner cover with a zipper made of strong, lint-free fabric and an outer shell to increase the service life of the inner one, also with a zipper. Patterns and structure for both covers are selected the same.
The first step is to determine the details. Usually these are two identical elements for the seat (700 × 700 × 150 mm each), two identical small pieces for the armrests (700 × 250 × 150 mm each) and a back cushion (400 × 250 × 150 mm). When this issue is resolved, they proceed to cutting the foam rubber. Based on the dimensions described, the pillows are made with a thickness of 150 mm. For the sake of economy, the products are sewn in three layers. from 3 sheets of 50 mm each. One 150 mm will cost more. In the future, the pillows are sewn with the help of a gypsy needle. Then they outline the covers, make the first fitting and sew them. After that, the seat, armrests and back are alternately formed.
What can be used to make a seat on a swing-balancer?
- from hard materials. plywood, board, timber, log, plastic;
- from soft materials. foam rubber, felt laid in a cover;
Детское велокресло своими руками / DIY baby bike seat
- leave without a seat altogether, because it is quite convenient to fit on the very balancer made of wood (rocker).
How to make a seat for a swing with your own hands
Wooden planks of a certain size (of the same length and width) are cut, longitudinal holes are drilled through which the rope is passed.
Car tire swing seat
An old tire can be hung in its original (whole) form or an animal figure (horse, swan) can be cut out of it. The tire cutting scheme is shown below. This is a simple and affordable way to make a swing seat from a tire on chains for a summer cottage.
A cover with a filler (pillow, mattress) cannot act as a seat on its own, but they are placed on top of the main structure so that a child, especially a baby, is comfortable. The padded seat ensures that the little one does not harm themselves while on the swing. However, the fabric is afraid of water, therefore, it must not be forgotten to bring it into the house;
Unusual wooden swing seat
Such a purely functional product as a seat can be a place for the realization of the creative imagination of parents. A carved or original plane seat, or a ship. all this will only delight the kids. For those who have doubts, users are advised to cut out a trial seating template from cardboard, and then transfer the drawings to a tree (or make a stencil out of cardboard elements).
DIY Plywood Child Bike Seat
Pallet swing seat
A seat made of a wooden pallet can become a full-fledged berth, provided that the suspensions are properly attached.