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Build a Camp Chair


Relax around camp by building a comfortable chair. It’s easy if you have the pioneering skills.


  • Three spars about 4 inches in diameter, two 8 feet long and one 12 to 15 feet long
  • Four sections of rope, one 30 feet long and three 3 to 4 feet long
  • 6-by-8-foot (or slightly bigger) tarp, folded into an isosceles triangle
  • Three heavy rocks slightly smaller than baseballs but larger than golf balls



Step One: Determine which ends of each spar are the thickest, and designate those as the base of each spar. Lay the two shorter spars together on the ground, parallel to each other, with each base at the same end and even with each other.

Lay the long spar down in the opposite direction, with its base at the opposite end from the bases of the shorter spars, with only about two feet of overlap at the tops. Keep them all parallel.

Use the 30-foot rope to perform a tripod lashing around all three spars.


Step Two: Fold each rock into a corner of the triangle-shaped tarp and twist to create a pocket that will hold the rock. Then tie one of the three shorter ropes around the pocket holding the rock by wrapping a few times and tying off the end with two half hitches.

Be sure to leave 2 to 3 feet of rope available. Repeat for each corner.


Step Three: Attach the tarp to the tripod by wrapping the remaining rope around each spar once or twice and finishing with a taut-line hitch.

The longest spar should act as the back leg of the chair, so attach the rope at higher point on that spar to create the back of the chair.


Step Four: Relax comfortably in your chair.

20 Comments on Build a Camp Chair

  1. nice

  2. Love The chair, Too.

  3. I love Boy’s life!!!!!!!

  4. awesome chair guys you did a awesome job at doing this . 🙂

  5. Scoutmaster778 // November 28, 2015 at 1:23 pm // Reply

    Great idea. That would fulfill the “Build a useful camp gadget” requirement and lashings at the same time!

  6. Where did you find such nice logs whith out leaving NO trace!!,Answer that one!!!!!!!

    • Think about it // November 28, 2015 at 12:08 pm // Reply

      You bring the logs with you. Or you take them from stuff that was removed for timber management. Or you harvest trees designated for removal.

  7. Where are you camping

  8. i think its cool but it looks hard

  9. Mr.McAwesome // October 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm // Reply

    Getting a hammock isn’t as fun s sitting in something that you made

  10. I’m gonna combine the Chair and tabble for sleeping

  11. the designated bad a // July 22, 2011 at 12:07 am // Reply

    dude this was awesome i am going to go sleep in mine

  12. now we know how to recycle those out door chair seats when the cheap frames fall apart!! another use for a light but strong! bamboo poles!

  13. I’ve been making a camp chair for my troop at every summer camp for the last three years, but mine doesn’t use a tarp my troop weaves an actual chair out of rope and then we add a foot rest and it’s the most amazing chair ever. My troop won second place at a pioneering weekend with my chair a few years back.

  14. this was fun but hard i finally finished

  15. Cool, but i dont have tarp=<

  16. awsome chair

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