Asked on Mar 21, 2016

How to make a cuddle or nesting chair

Corrine Flavel
by Corrine Flavel
Hi! I really like the large round Cuddle chairs in furniture stores now. Does anyone have an idea to make one on their own? I originally thought maybe a used industrial spool. Any ideas out there?
  13 answers
  • Moxie Moxie on Mar 21, 2016
    I would think you could build up the platform then the high frame getting the round with the foam and then apolster
  • Sarah Sarah on Mar 22, 2016
    There was an ottoman posted made from a tire, I thought about this but how would you fix the back?
  • Glenda Mangan Glenda Mangan on Mar 22, 2016
    large plastic barrel with a quarter section cut out, (remove the top) then cut a piece of plywood & attach for a seat, pad it appropriately, & cover with fabric of choice
  • Patty S Patty S on Mar 22, 2016
    I think that your industrial spool idea is the way to go. Remove one of the round platforms and cut the middle support post down to your desired height. Reattach the top platform and then maybe you could cut up a child's swimming pool to firm up and form the upper back and lower circumference of the base. You would have to find a plastic swimming pool that is high enough to make this all in one piece. Add some 2x4's to the upper plastic to reinforce and then cover with the foam and the padding and upholster. Some ingenuity and imagination will have to used to make it work. This is the only way that I could think that you could make it happen. Good luck.
  • Corrine Flavel Corrine Flavel on Mar 22, 2016
    I should be more specific. These "chairs" are the size of a loveseat. Easily hold a couple to cuddle, or a few children.
  • Sandra Sandra on Mar 23, 2016
    Love seat size? Kinda of large. But I think using tires would work out. I think attaching a wood circle between the two tires, than another circle of wood on top of the second tire. This would make your base. I would the take a third tire and cut it to form the back and arms. Depending on how hig you want the back, use one or two. Screw that tire into the top base of the chair. Use foam and then lots of batting and cover as you like. I have a feeling this might actually work.
    • Sarah Sarah on Mar 24, 2016
      Thank you for this information, I have always wanted a round single seat but they are ridiculously expensive
  • Pauliegirl1 Pauliegirl1 on Mar 23, 2016
    I think your spool is the way to go also!! I think I would "build" up the back with 2 x 4's and then use a pliable wood to attach to the 2 x 4's for your back half circle....I would also use 2 x 4's between the two spool "decks" for more support. Then attach some more 2 x 4's either on the top "deck" of spool OR, from the bottom to the height you want the back....OR you could even build a box like back with 1 x 2's....attach the 1 x 2's from bottom "spool deck" and use more 1 x 2's on the top of "spool deck" to make your back, then cover that portion, the back, with a pliable wood...thin MDF or plywood. I think the 1 x 2's would work better, then your chair would not be so heavy?? It will probably take a LOT of batting/foam, so be sure to buy it on sale, or with coupons...haha!! Then do your thing with fabric!!You can add casters to the bottom "deck" of spool. Best of luck to you, and I hope it works out!! Be sure to post WHEN and during your build!! I am not a furniture designer/maker....haha, but just think it might work, at least in my head it does!! Let us all know!!
  • Debbie Debbie on Mar 23, 2016
    As Pauliegirl suggests, you could make the base and back/arms out of wood but think about only using upholstery foam and batting on the seat portion; it would save you a lot of money on the foam and batting that way. It would be more like an upholstered bench then but still have a comfy seat.
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    • Gerrie Gerrie on Mar 27, 2016
      @Debbie Nice idea. That has got to be heavy, I would suggest putting wheels on just the back so yo can move it when needed. Not 4 wheels cause then it wold move every time you sat in it. Just 2 on the back.
  • Teresa C Teresa C on Mar 27, 2016
    If you can sew you can go to the store and measure the circumference of the chair and height including the back. Then find a material such as denim, corduroy or strong upholstery fabric and cut pieces to mimic the chair, sew together and fill with beans for bean bags.
  • Claudia Mitchell Claudia Mitchell on Sep 22, 2018

    Totally customize the idea by first measuring your cuddle area footage first. Then draw out plans of duties your skill level could actually perform. eg wood skills; seamstress skills, old tire availability, finding a big spool, etc. Then begin creating what you have in your mind as the idea of the chair. I thought for a minute an oversized bean bag a possibility but that's what it would look like and I'm not in to bean bags. It could turn out a little differently that you had anticipated. I plan on duplicating the chair and have pondered items to use as I check off the possibility to recreate springs and my confident ability to recreate the rounded front of the chair. I specifically want a lounge like back that could intentionally come between a cold wall on one side and back then lower to open it up to a heating vent on the other. Draw it out then begin your journey. Have fun with it. I plan on making it a fun project and not a long multiple material process.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Sep 23, 2018

    As Debbie eluded to, the cost of the foam that will be suitably thick and dense enough for this project will be the biggest expense. Foam is not cheap, anyway you slice it, and cutting round pieces results in a great deal of wastage. My suggestion is to price all materials, including the lumber, out first to decide whether it is worth your time to proceed with the idea.

  • Julies1949 Julies1949 on Sep 23, 2018

    Find the corner piece of an old sectional sofa at a thrift shop.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 15, 2021

    Cable Drums as basis for chair.