How to Make a Seat Out of Paracord

By Joy Prescott

Things Needed

  • Chair with the seat removed
  • Paracord
  • Utility scissors or sharp knife
  • Lighter or matches
Paracord consists of an outer sheath with seven woven inner strands.

Parachute cord or paracord is a strong and lightweight nylon cord first used for parachute lines by the US military in WWII. Paracord is considered essential for many outdoor activities including climbing and backpacking. Paracord dries quickly and is mildew resistant, making a chair with a woven paracord seat perfect for a porch or outdoor living room.

Begin at the left front corner and place a length of paracord over the front rail with a four-inch tail on the inside. Bring the paracord over and under the outside of the front rail. Pull the paracord up and over itself. Then pull the paracord over the top of the left rail.

Pull the paracord under the left rail and across the seat opening to the top of the right rail. Bring the paracord over the outside and under the right rail and then up and over itself. Finally, pull the paracord over and under the front rail.

Pull the paracord across the seat opening to the top of the back right corner. Weave the same as the second corner.

Pull the paracord across the seat opening to the top of the back left corner. Weave the same as the second corner.

Continue to weave each corner until the seat opening is completely covered. Join new lengths of paracord by tying the ends with a square knot. Melt the cut ends with a flame to keep from fraying. Position the knot on the underside of the seat and tuck into the weaving.

About the Author

Joy Prescott has over 12 years experience as a technical writer. Since 1980 she has been a professional crochet pattern designer, publishing in many crochet magazines including "Crochet!" and "Crochet World," and in books such as "Today’s Crochet: Sweaters from the Crochet Guild of America." Prescott has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.