How to Build a PVC Chair

PVC is an interesting product that can be used in a variety of ways to please our artistic nature and fill a functional need in a new way. Follow these simple steps to build an unusual piece of furniture that will be the topic of many conversations. Best of all, you can tell everybody you did it yourself.

Build the Base

  1. Sew your canvas so that there is a 1 1/2-inch open hem at the top and bottom of each piece. This pocket will be used thread the pipe and create back and seat of your chair.

  2. Slide one 21 1/2-inch pipe through the opening of the top of one piece of canvas. Repeat with second piece of fabric.

  3. Take an elbow connector and insert one of the above pieces of pipe 21 1/4-inch in length into both openings. Repeat step 3 so you have 2 U-shaped working sections of pipe.

  4. Insert one T connector onto the end of each 12-inch pipe.

  5. String a pipe 18 inches in length through the bottom of canvas attached to working structure. Repeat with other section. This forms the seat and back for your furniture piece.

  6. Bring the two working sections together with 18 inch length of PVC inserted into the T connectors. This will form the cross bars of the chair.

Make the Chair Arms

  1. Place a 6-inch section of pipe into each opening of the 4 T connectors.

  2. Use an elbow connector at the two sections of pipe that form the front of the chair.

  3. Insert a T connector to the end of the two sections of pipe that form the back of the chair.

  4. Connect a 21 1/2-inch pipe to each end to form the arm rest on either side.

Build the Chair Back

  1. Place a 7-inch section of pipe into the T connectors at the rear of the chair. Use the elbow connectors at the end of each of those 7-inch sections of pipe.

  2. Install the 18-inch section of pipe to both of those elbow connectors, forming the top of the chair.

  3. Make sure the chair sits level. Make any adjustments needed to make it so.


  • PVC cement carries a strong and dangerous fume. Work in a well ventilated area and keep away from children and pets.
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