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Use space efficent

Done in 60mins
Skill level medium

This piece of furniture is a stool and a shelf in once. It is a comfortable place to sit. You can lean or sit on it like on a horse’s back. It’s also possible when things are inside.

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Industrial Design | HTW Berlin

Authors · Moritz Scheffer, Paul Wolff

What you need

How you make it

Dissemble the pallet and cut your wood

Cut four equal pieces out of the wood pallet. Pieces should be high enough to sit comfortably.

Put the wood together

Use 4 nails for each side.

Stabilize the stool

Get another piece of wood from the pallet and nail it on the back of the chair.

Use 2 nails for each side.

Saw off the overhanging wood

Make the seat

Use the fabric/textile to make the seat. Cut it with scissors into the right shape. Use multiple layers to make it stable enough. Attach it with 8 nails.

Add fabric to the front

Add more fabric to the front to secure the things you want to store. Attach it with two nails each on one side.

Optional: Use fabric to attach a handle at the side

If you want to transport your stool/shelve.

How to use it

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This hack was developed in the dooiy project week @ HTW Berlin together with the community of eNkanini informal settlement in Cape Town.

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