Published on October 11th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Spring Back Banker’s Chair

Materials: 4 laminate bent Ikea legs and two seats from antique banker’s chairs

Description: My friend Veronica gave me two Ikea chairs she had in her apartment in Hollywood. They were laminate bent leg living room chairs that had no arms. The cushions smelled like cat pee so I threw them out. I kept the frames five-ever because the bent wood seemed too good to throw away. I also had these oak banker’s chairs with broken legs. Again I just couldn’t throw them away because they seemed too good.

One day I got sick of all of them hanging around, taking up space and not paying rent! I tried to throw them away, but I ended up taking them apart and reassembling all four chairs into one chair. It was too much fun! We use it in my living room and it is kind of a hit because it is bouncy with the bend wood and the springs from the bankers chairs.

One of our guests told me about your blog. The only problem is I can’t find the name of the Ikea chairs I got the legs from. I looked on the website but it is not the POANG chair. The ones I used didn’t have arms. However, they both have that plastic wedges that stop the chair from rolling forward. I think that is a unique Ikea detail. Hopefully, you might recognize the chairs this was made from.

To make it I took both Ikea chairs and removed all of the cross members and bolts. Then I lined the bent legs up together. I noticed all of the holes for the through bolts lined up perfectly so I took some threaded rode and cut it to the combined width of all four legs plus enough room for a bolt cap on each side. I put some Loctite on the thread ends and bolted them together.

The bankers chair seats are held onto the chair with through bolts and threaded inserts I mounted into the bottom of the oak seats. I took the springs off the banker’s chairs and mounted them to the Ikea legs by screwing 2 chunks of closet rod to them. The springs just rest over them and the seat of the chair just rests on the springs. The springs actually fit into a recess in the oak seats perfectly locking it in place. It was all just very lucky. I hope you enjoy it.

~ Andrew Riiska, Los Angeles

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

29 Responses to Spring Back Banker’s Chair

  1. Anonymous says:

    I love this chair!!! Tommy Smith :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is such an astonishingly great hack! Congratz to the owner :-)

  3. Anonymous says:

    freakin awesome chair

  4. VTLady says:

    Holy Smokes! You are so creative. I am amazed that you even thought of this. This is the best hack ever. The chair is beautiful to the eye. I love the lines. YOU rock!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Very very cool!

  6. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    Truly lovely in it’s own way, BUT is it comfortable?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Wow! That’s truly a piece of sculpture. I can see it selling for a lot of money in a high-end design store. Maybe you should copyright it! ;)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Very cool.

  9. Anonymous says:

    That’s a really nice hack! You should be a furniture designer!

  10. Jacqui says:

    like graham said they are legs of a klackbo – not made anymore but best ikea chair ever

  11. Jon says:

    This was truly worth looking at. Much better than what I have been seeing…

  12. SEEJAYCARTER says:

    Quite original and a true classic ~ WELL DONE!
    I would not have pitched the chair legs either

  13. graham_f says:

    The legs are from the Klackbo chair.

  14. jo says:

    sorry, but to me the legs can’t be the poang. the sitting, using the poang legs, will result definitely higher, and too high. and the poang chaise longue has another shape, not like the ones used here

  15. Ivy says:

    This is a real beauty. Wow!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Hack of the year, for sure! Well done! :)

  17. Jennifer says:

    I’m pretty sure that they’re the same legs as on Poangs…I definitely agree – Best. Ikea. Hack. Evar.

  18. Neomig says:

    Definitly the best hack I’ve ever seen!

  19. Wow…greatest hack ever!!! Thought Ikea will hire you if you submit this to them…

  20. Sami says:

    andy! this chair just blew this blog away.

  21. carahhh says:


  22. Dolores- Portland says:

    A-MA-ZING!!!! that´s what I call a mayor hacker!!! congratulations… and I love the chair!

    thanks for sharing

  23. Anonymous says:

    Wow. This is my favorite hack ever. Anyone have an idea of the names of those ikea chairs?


  24. jo says:

    i need at least four of them!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Wowww really really beautifull

  26. Anonymous says:

    I want one of them!!

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