How to Make Folding Camp Chairs

How to Make Folding Camp ChairsFolding camp chairs are easily transportable and provide insulation from the ground for your body. Camp chairs can also help save your back from hunching over the campfire or stove. Utilize some of your outdoor ingenuity and craftsmanship to build your own custom chair, and you will be the envy of all of your outdoor buddies.


Difficulty: Moderate

Do-It-Yourself Camp Chair

Things You’ll Need:
  • Canvas
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Foam
  • Scissors
  • Backpacking straps
  • Mesh
  • Four short stays, rods or dowels
Step 1
Lay out your canvas and cut a section about 24 inches by 80 inches. Cut the foam in sections about 20 inches by 18 inches. You will need four to six sections depending on how thick your foam is. Place the foam in two different piles in the center of the 24 x 80 piece of fabric, which will form the back and the seat of the chair. Cover the foam with the rest of the fabric so that it has a sandwich effect where the foam is sandwiched between layers of canvas.
Step 2
Sew the canvas so that it encloses the foam inside. Before you sew, test the thickness by sitting on it so that you know whether or not you should add more foam to increase the comfort.
Step 3
Attach your straps to the top and bottom pieces of the chair along the edge about midway through each section. These straps will help you to adjust how far back the chair leans. If your straps did not come already with buckles, then you will need to buy some buckles and attach them to the straps. In the end, you want your straps to have around 35 inches of length to adjust in your chair. Make sure that when you attach the straps to the canvas that you sew them well enough to withstand the weight of leaning in the chair.
Step 4
Create sleeves for the rods or dowels spanning the chair lengthwise. These sleeves need to be heavily reinforced with extra material and stitching. Insert the rods and sew them up. They will provide more structure and stability, keeping the chair from wrapping itself around you whenever you sit in it. When you sew the sleeves with the rods in them, make sure that the tops and bottoms of the sleeves are doubly reinforced with material and stitching.
Step 5
Attach the mesh to the back of the chair. This makes for a handy little storage area for a book or journal that you can read as you enjoy sitting in your new camp chair. If you have some extra material, consider making a handle to carry it by.

Tips & Warnings

Do not sit in your camp chair when cooking as you need to be in a more active position for if and when a pot spills over.

Article Written By David McGuffin

David McGuffin is a writer from Asheville, N.C. and began writing professionally in 2009. He has Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and Montreat College in history and music, and a Bachelor of Science in outdoor education. McGuffin is recognized as an Undergraduate Research Scholar for publishing original research on postmodern music theory and analysis.

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