How to Build a High-Heel Chair
Fantastically fluffy and kitschy, the high heel chair is the perfect addition to any fashionista's boudoir. With minimal carpentry skill and a little DIY spunk, this contemporary chair design can easily be built in a weekend.
Build the Chair Frame
Flip the wooden planter over, this is going to make the seat of the chair. Measure a line that is reclining back 45-degrees and draw the line onto the planter on both sides. The objective is to cut the planter so that the 44- by 22-inch plank of plywood will but up tightly underneath the planter, forming the backrest.
Cut the angle into the planter with the miter box saw. Try fitting the plywood plank snug against the angle. If it doesn't fit quite right, measure and adjust as needed.
Turn the planter on its side. Put the plywood into place and nail it onto the planter using the nail gun. Use equal amounts of nails (five or six) up either side to ensure that the back is securely attached to the seat.
Flip the chair back over, as if you were going to sit on it. It will now look like the foot part of a high heel shoe, minus the heel. Next, you need to cut the 22- by 22-inch square of plywood. One side will be rounded to make the back of the heel. The other side will be angled with the miter box saw to fit against the 44- by 22-inch plywood chair back.
Cut the angle first using the miter box saw. This is the trickiest part to get right, and it is advisable to measure twice and cut once--making small adjustments if needed once you've cut the initial angle. Next, draw a "U" shape onto the other outside edge of the wood and use the circular saw to round the back edge of the plywood to look like the heel of a shoe.
Attach the piece you created in Step 5 to the chair back using the nail gun. Next, place the 44- by 12-inch pole under the "heel" of the shoe and nail it into place using the nail gun. This completes the high heel shoe chair frame.
Upholster the Chair
Roll out the butcher paper onto a flat floor surface. Make a pattern of the bottom of the shoe on the paper, both the main portion of the shoe and the spike of the heel. This will be used to make the cushion piece for the seat of the chair and the "sole" of the high heel shoe chair. Cut the pattern pieces out and set them aside.
Pad the spike and back of the heel. Wrap cotton quilt batting around the spike of the heel and secure it onto the heel spike and chair back (the back side, facing the sole of the shoe) using the staple gun. One or two complete wraps is sufficient for the heel spike. Use more on the chair back, as you want it to be a plush backrest.
Wrap cotton quilt batting around the front of the planter chair to where it connects with the backrest. Tuck the edges under the bottom of the planter and staple into place. Also staple at the back of the shoe and the top of the seat.
Trace the seat pattern onto the quilting and cut out five or six layers of the batting for the seat. Place it onto the seat and staple around the outside.
Trace the seat pattern onto the backside of your fleece. Then add 28 inches to the radius of that circle and make a larger circle around it. Cut the fabric out and place it onto the seat. Tuck the bottom edges into the planter seat and staple into place. Cut the back edge to fit the seam where the backrest meets the seat and tuck the edges under, securing it in place with hot glue.
Measure and cut fleece fabric to fit the back and heel of the chair. Wrap it around the batting and make a seam along the backside of the back and heel. Staple the material into place.
Trace the heel and seat pattern onto the rubber matting. This will make the "sole" of the chair. Cut the matting out and secure it to the bottom of the seat and heel spike by nailing around the perimeter of the chair with the nail gun.
Embellish the high heel chair with piping. This serves the dual purpose of hiding the seams in the fabric of the chair. Hot glue piping around the top and bottom of the seat, the bottom of the heal spike and anywhere else a festive touch is needed.
- Wear eye protection when cutting wood with a power saw. Clamp the wood in place to keep your hands away from the blade.
Kate Kotler began her writing career in 1997 as a news writer. She is the editor-in-chief of FilmCatcher.com and writes the DIY Diva blog for ChicagoNow (a "Chicago Tribune" affiliate.) She is the founder of Geek Girl on the Street.com and is working on a novel.
- legs of a woman in black high heel shoes with cristal stones and image by SZILAGYI ANNAMARIA from Fotolia.com