How To Bauhaus – Lounge Chair | Bauhaus Design Idea | DIY Project


Hello everybody. My name is Van Bo and today we are going to
build a fancy, cool Lounge Chair. And it’s this one, inspired by Bauhaus. So check this out! To build the Lounge Chair, you don’t need
very much. Only this plank, this piece of wood is what
you need. You don’t believe me? Check this out! The board must first be cut into 26 slats. All slats must be 5 cm wide and 2 cm thick. Either do it yourself or ask a professional. We also need an electric drill, ruler, pen
and some sandpaper. For screws we use three different lengths,
let’s get started! Begin by marking the different slat lengths
from A to D. We’ll begin with a side frame. We need two A slats, one C, and one B. Measure 25 cm from the bottom of both A slats,
that’s the distance from the bottom of the chair to the top of the B slat brace. Make a second mark 5 cm below the first and
then pre-drill two holes into each slat, between both marks. Let’s move on to the C slat, this will be
an armrest. First pre drill two holes on each end. And then use the middle sized screws to attach
the armrest to the legs. It’s important to keep the slats very stable
when screwing, if you’re less experienced ask a friend to help. Now you can attach the B slat to both legs,
as a brace. That’s it. Go ahead and repeat the process for the second
side frame. Next, we will build the back frame. It’s all D slats. The cross slats should be 6 cm apart. Mark both sides of each slat where it meets the frame. Again, you can pre-drill the holes or
if you are experienced screw in directly. 14 screws from each side makes 28 mid-sized
screws in total. It’s as easy as that. Now let’s build a T-profile to connect both
side frames. Use two D slats, measure 2 cm from the edge
on the flat slat and draw a line on both sides. Then mark 5 equally spaced points and use
5 screws to connect the slats. That’s your t-profile! It should be asymmetrical to accommodate the
seat slats. Position the T-profile on the side frame so
the top of the T is parallel to the leg, and the vertical part is parallel to the B brace. Outline the T shape on both side frames. Pre-drill three holes on each side frame and
attach the side frames to the T-profile. Use long screws for drilling through the legs. To attach the back, we first connect the two
side frames with a B slat in the back corner of the armrests. From now on we will only be using the short
screws. Now we can adjust the reclining angle, by
deciding how far along the side brace to anchor the back. I chose 10 cm from the back, make sure to
anchor both sides. Finally you can add the slats for the sitting
section. Put them into the gaps of the back support
and attach with screws on both ends. To make the chair more comfortable, remove
sharp edges with sandpaper. Tadaa! Here we have the Lounge Chair and if you want,
you can paint it in a nice color like this. Or if you want to add some nice cushions,
why not, go for this. Do it as you like it. Get creative! The Lounge Chair is inspired by a Bauhaus
classic. A chair designed by a Bauhaus Student, called
Erich Diekmann, who made a chair which looked a little bit like this. Very simple forms, minimalistic. And he called this chair “Erwerbslosenstuhl”, which means “Unemployed Chair“. A funny name actually, but the story behind
it is so interesting. The project was about providing employment
to unskilled or low skilled workers after the first world war. So one of the core principles of the Bauhaus
was social responsibility: which means designing for the people and not for the rich. Now it’s up to you. Go create your own chair!

4 Replies to “How To Bauhaus – Lounge Chair | Bauhaus Design Idea | DIY Project”

  1. The instructions for the "Lounge Chair" can be found here https://www.dw.com/en/how-to-bauhaus-lounge-chair-instructions/a-48716225

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