Build a Plywood Chair Using Zip Ties

This plywood chair made with scraps of wood and zip-tie stitching is a quirky homemade project that adds character to any room.

Reposted with permission from Homemade-Modern.

By Ben Uyeda

A homemade chair is generally more difficult to make than a bench or stool, but here's one that can be made by stitching plywood pieces with zip ties. I was able to make two chairs out of a single 4’ by 8’ sheet of plywood. The chairs I built with quarter-inch-thick plywood are strong, but over time the holes could wear through, so I'd recommend using half-inch-thick plywood. Feel free to do some experimenting with the design of the plywood chair and share your results.

Supplies

  • 4-by-8-foot sheet of half-inch-thick plywood: There are a lot of different types of plywood. I used quarter-inch which is strong enough to hold my weight but might not stand the test of time. Three-eighths or half-inch-thick plywood would provide superior durability. I had the plywood cut into strips at Home Depot.
  • Zip ties – also called cable ties or tie wraps – come in a variety of different sizes. I tried both large 10” ties and thinner 4” ties. The thinner ties are much easier to work with.