DIY Chair – Upcycled Steel Drum Chair

It’s tough imagining industrial steel barrel drums being re-purposed into snazzy-looking home furniture.

This would be a great feature in the home or the garden!

It’s unfortunately not a step by step video but it does give you a good idea of the main steps required to make the chair.

The materials and equipment that you’ll need to make your DIY chair are shown below.

  • Steel drum
  • Metal or enamel paint
  • Wooden brackets for the feet
  • Screws
  • Glue
  • Fabric binding
  • Foam inset
  • Fabric
  • Rivets / studs
  • Angle grinder
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • Spray gun (optional)
  • Paint brush
  • Screwdriver

In 2009, U.S. EPA reported that furniture accounted for 9.8 million tons (4.1%) of household waste. Furniture is the number one least-recycled item in a household, and it was only up until 2008 that there was a recovery (materials used for recycling) greater than 0.05% since the 1960s — 0.1%.