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Do It Yourself Baby Chair

Have you ever noticed that it seems all baby furniture is made out of ugly neon plastic? And if you do find that rare wood piece, it costs you a pretty penny. A friend of mine sent me a message asking me to modify a couple of baby chairs she’s seen online to fit our pre-toddlerhood munchkins, and I was thrilled to oblige! I had this little chair built in less than an hour, and cost of new wood (I used scraps) will only set you back five dollars. Yep, you heard me, FIVE DOLLARS! Much better than the $50+ you’ll see in stores.

This little chair is made up of 4 pieces, all from a four foot long 1×8 board. It’s held together with glue and screws, and is sturdy enough to hold my adult weight, so any babies in it will be safe and sound.

All you need for this project is a jigsaw and a drill. Well, and an electric sander if you want to make life a little easier on you 😉 You ready for the tutorial so you can build one for a precious little munchkin in your life? Well, here it is!

Supplies:
• 1 – 1×8 @ 4′
• 8 – 1 1/4″ screws
• 8 – 3/8″ wood plugs
• Sandpaper, paint, sealer (optional)
• Printed Template

Step 1 – Trace your pieces

Download the baby chair template here, print it out, cut it and trace onto your board. Trace 1 back and 2 sides.

Step 2 – Cut pieces with a jigsaw

Cut your template pieces, then from the scraps measure a piece to the width of your back (should be 11″ but it can vary) and 5.5″ long for the seat. Now would be a good time to sand. Mine stayed rough, because I leant out my sander and had to pick it up after I finished building this sucker.

Step 3 – Align your seat to the sides.

On one side piece, align your seat where you’d like it to go. I chose to leave a 1/2″ gap from the front, and angled it down slightly. Trace the outline of the board with a pen.

Step 4 – do the same for the back

I chose to leave a slight gap between the two, so I don’t have to scoop out Cheerio crumbs 😉 Again, I sloped it slightly back for a more comfortable seat.

See the two rectangles? Now you know where to predrill your holes.

Step 5 – Align and clamp your side pieces together.

I matched up my two sides as closely as I could, then clamped them tightly together. This is so you mark each side in exactly the same place.

Step 6 – Drill your holes

While the two boards were clamped together, I used a 1/8″ drill bit to drill through both boards where my screws needed to be. There are two holes for both the back and seat, centered in my marks. Now you need to flip the side with the markings over, so each side piece is “outside up”. Make sense? You’re going to countersink holes where the small holes are.

See how they’re mirror images of each other? That’s what I mean by countersinking on the outside.

Step 7 – Attach back and seat to one side

Use the markings you made in step 3 & 4 to line up your back and seat, which should be centered with the countersunk holes. Drill in your 1 1/4″ screws to each of the 4 holes.

Step 8 – Attach your other side

Here’s where it gets slightly tricky. With one side attached, hold up your free side with a level on the seat. You may need a helper, but somehow I got it to work by myself. Once the seat is level, drill in your two seat screws. Then do the same with your back, setting the level on top of the back. It may have a tiny wobble, but you can sand it down so it’s all flush and sturdy. Be sure to leave the same 1/2″ (or whatever measurement you chose) gap off the front for the seat.

Step 9 – Fill the holes

You can fill the holes with putty, or for a cleaner look, you can use a 3/8″ drill bit to widen the holes and glue in wood plugs. Give everything another good sanding, then you’re ready for finishing! You can stain or paint, maybe even just seal the unfinished wood. Or you can get funky and use Mod Podge with fun scrapbook paper! The possibilities are endless.

I chose to paint Charlie’s with two coats of coral paint, then add a graphic flower with a black paint pen to the back and seat. It’s super cute! And not overly “girly”.

She’s already a big fan of her chair, even though she’s close to growing out of it already. I think this would be really easy to upsize. I plan to try and use my print settings to enlarge it 150% and set it to tile so I can cut the pieces and tape them together. If I do, I’ll be sure to share the Toddler Chair on the blog! But for now, we’ve got at least another month or two in the Baby Chair.

It’s the perfect spot for her to grab a bottle and catch a little tv (she especially loves music videos) or read a book. These are perfect little play chairs since she can get in and out by herself, as well as pick it up or scoot it across the room. I’ll definitely have to build her a toddler version before she graduates into the Surfboard Table and Stools that I’ll have to build for her (remember the old one went to a charity auction). I can’t wait to build more projects for my sweet girl! The smile on her face makes it more than worth it.
 

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  1. Stephanie

    Precious! and the chair is cute too:-)

  2. Jami @ What the Graham?!

    I will so be adding this to my build list! I’m also super jealous that Charlie clearly reads in peace as opposed to the reading Tenley does which involves lots of little pieces and a crying librarian some where…

  3. Theresa

    I love it! Im pinning this. I HAVE to make two for the boys! Thanks for posting the how-to.

  4. Lori

    Putting this on my list too. Thank you for sharing!

  5. jess

    What age would you say this is good for?


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      Under 18 months. I plan to try printing it out at 150% or 200% for an older toddler. The proportions would be the same, you’d just need a bit of a longer scrap piece for the seat.

  6. Kathy

    Love the little chair and will be buying the 1×8 for it tomorrow. You are so
    generous to share the pattern and tutorial. Thanks.

    Kathy

  7. Betsy

    Wondering if anyone has tried this for an older (3 years old) child – I would LOVE to make 2 for some church kiddos

    1. Brooke

      Betsy I haven’t seen any links, and my girl is now 2.5 and much too big for the chair. You could print out the template at 200% for a larger child, just upsizing both parts.

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