Sweet DIY Dorm Furniture


| 10/17/2013 9:00:00 AM


This article was originally posted in Instructables and is reposted with permission from Caleb Smith.

The finished product. Photo by Caleb Smith

A month before school started, I thought it would be neat to have some old car seats as my dorm furniture instead of the bad futons that everyone else has. After a week of planning, I started searching for old car seats and found some for a decent price — $25 a seat. I bought two bucket seats and a bench seat out of a wrecked Grand Prix. 

I learned a lot from this project and went into it knowing very little about building furniture. I think anyone should try this if they're tired of plain old furniture, have some extra cash and like to impress their friends. I managed to complete this project for under $100, but I could see it running up to $300, depending on how expensive you want to go.

Here are the materials I used:



  • Car seats — $75
  • Angle aluminum — Free
  • Wood — Free
  • Drawer slides — $10
  • Welding — Free (knew someone)
  • Miscellaneous hardware (drawer rails if you want to attach a bottom drawer) — Free or $5

My total cost was around $80.

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