Published on August 6th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


A chair to rock your Summer

Alex’s Emmabo Rocking Chair finally gave up its ghost. But he resurrects them into this outdoorsy deck chairs. How perfect for summer.

He says, “I’ve retrofitted wooden slats to an Emmabo Rocking Chair frame. It’s now suitable for outdoor use as a deck chair.

The metal frame is salvaged and fitted with wooden slats from Home Depot. The wood is pressure treated to withstand outdoor use and then painted with one coat of black-brown ebony stain. When dried, the slats are then fitted on to the frame using 3/4″ cable clamps, which are for electrical use but fit the rod of the Emmabo frame perfectly.

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41 Responses to A chair to rock your Summer

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is BRILLIANT! Gorgeous and clever!

  2. nadira1001 says:

    Very nice!
    How do make sure the slats don’t slide or move when you sit on them?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Alex,

    I was just about to toss this chair away when I stumbled upon this brilliant hack.

    I was curious, what size of wood did you purchase? Also, what did you find to be the optimal length for the wood pieces? I don’t have my own saw so I’ll have to ask the lumber yard to chop the slats down to size for me. Once again, genius! Thank you for sharing. :)


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  5. Anonymous says:

    Now you’ve gone and made me mad at myself for throwing out two of these chairs when they ripped through! Why didn’t I think of this!!!
    Great hack!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous! These belong in a DWR catalog for $1200. Simply amazing. Like others have said, I was moved to comment…never have until now. Well done, Alex.

  7. Anonymous says:


  8. hilde says:

    I’m impressed!!!!

  9. Ruthie says:


  10. Anny says:

    These are gorgeous! I’m especially impressed they came from such a boring piece :D

  11. tony says:

    Amazing. It looks like such an expensive piece now!

  12. Mari says:

    Those are fantastic!

  13. Jessica says:

    This is great! My sons I could never get the cover to come all the way down on and now I am going to do this with it!

  14. The818 says:

    I just tossed out one that broke! I might have to go get two new ones, because this hack is incredible. Really well done.

  15. Chris Mora says:

    awesome! awesome! awesome!

  16. Jenn says:

    So much better than the original! I hate these with fabric but it’s great with the wood slats!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Great job!!! But next time don’t sit down with a knife in your back pocket. :-)

  18. Design Girl says:

    Love this hack. It’s definitely my favorite. I think my old roommate may still have this chair. I might have to buy it off him and try this hack myself!

  19. Anonymous says:

    best damn hack i’ve seen in a while!!!


  20. First time I’ve been moved to comment … very nice hack, very creative.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Actually, most PT wood today is treated with what is called Alkaline Copper Quaternary or Copper Azole-much safer alternatives to the old arsenic treatments. Home Depot does not carry CCA(arsenic treated) lumber anymore.

    You can still apply a penetrating oil-based treatment on top of the stain anyway for extra safety and longer wear.

    Still gotta use the expensive hot deipped galvanized fasteners though or the copper will eat through the steel.

  22. Anonymous says:

    whoa, er, i hope you know pressure treated wood contains arsenic and is not intended to be in contact with skin for any length of time!

    other than that, awesome project. but seriously, i would suggest putting some Tremclad paint or something on the wood before you fall ill.

  23. Jen says:

    damn!! i had two of these chairs in lime green and put them on the curb when i moved from a 2 bd to a studio… now im back in a 2 bd with HUGE sundeck that needs more seats!

    so mad at myself… great hack.

  24. gilliebean says:


  25. Carmen says:

    simplemente, ¡genial!

  26. Blondie says:

    This is awesome! Wish they still sold this chair. :(

  27. n says:

    wow! this is fabulous

  28. Terry says:

    This is totally brilliant! I love the stained wood, but I think they’d be great painted with a shiny outdoor enamel in a great color as well. Maybe my favorite hack ever.

  29. Anonymous says:

    I have never commented on a hack but this is one of the best I have ever seen, I agree with the first commenter that they are now better than they were originally.

  30. zero says:

    aluminum loop clamps would complete the look even more.

    click my name for a link where they can be purchased.

  31. Anonymous says:

    These chairs are sexy!

  32. foobella says:

    that is, by far, one of the best ikea hacks I’ve seen. Looks better than the orignial chair.

  33. Moontree says:

    Those. Are. BEAUTIFUL.

  34. Robj98168 says:

    Wow. I never thought anyone could improve these chairs. This definnitely should get a “hack of the year” nomination. Now I wish I had bought some of these chairs!

  35. nalan says:

    i should admit both idea and the performance are great.

  36. waywardmedic says:

    Agree with troy. I like this hack, well thought out and done.

  37. troy. says:

    Wow! Huge improvement over the original. Nice work.

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