Try This: Suitcase Chair

Turn old luggage into extra seating with this suitcase chair project.

| January/February 2005

Old suitcases bring back a certain whimsy, charm and character from their long-ago travels. That makes them hard to throw away, even if they don’t cut it for modern air travel. You can recycle your old baggage into innovative and useful seating. Whether they’re used as a casual perch or a chair that’s there where you need it, these old suitcases are heading off to a new life.

Suitcase Chair

1. ATTACH STRAPS: Side straps of patterned webbing keep the back at a comfortable angle. We drilled holes in the suitcase and used barrel nuts to attach the straps.

2. CUSHIONING: Cushion the chair with UltraTouch recycled denim insulation, 100 percent cotton fiber that’s less toxic than foam. Using scissors, cut your pieces 2 or 3 inches wider and taller than your case. You’ll need 2 or 3 layers for the bottom.

3. UPHOLSTERY: Use heavyweight fabric such as cotton, linen, or hemp for the cushions. Wrap the batts in the fabric as though you were wrapping a present. Then secure with safety pins.

4. ATTACH CUSHION: Here’s where cutting your batts slightly oversized starts making sense. Squeeze the wrapped cushions into the suitcase so friction, not glue, will keep them in place.

5. SECURE FABRIC: Because it’s fighting gravity, the back cushion will benefit from upholstery tacks hammered through the fabric into the case every 6 inches or so.

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